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George Clooney hopes to make a star out of his Casamigos premium tequila in the UK

Published:  23 February, 2015

 

George Clooney is the latest A list star to launch his own drink in to the UK as he looks to make a name for his ultra-premium tequila, Casamigos.

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England and New Zealand sparkling wines go head to head in a "Battle of the Bubbles"

Published:  23 February, 2015

Competition between English and New Zealand sparkling wine came to a head last week as the two countries tied in a blind-tasting organised to coincide with the Cricket World Cup.

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Burgundy MSC students romp home in "Oenology Challenge" with Plumpton College

Published:  23 February, 2015

MSC students at Burgundy's School of Wine & Spirts came out top last week in an "Oenology Challenge" competition with winemaking students at Plumpton College.

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How video will be the norm in wine marketing within three years says Matthew Dickinson

Published:  23 February, 2015

Following last week's web video masterclass and seminar hosted by Google and YouTube for members of the UK wine trade and students from Burgundy's School of Wine Business, wine consultant Matthew Dickinson gives his personal summary and looks at how video is going to change the way the wine industry communicates.

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SITT tastings for independents come to Manchester and London

Published:  23 February, 2015

Independent wine merchants are flocking to Manchester's Old Trafford today for the start of the Specialist Independent Trade Tasting (SITT).

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CAMRA claims cut in beer duty has saved over 1,000 pubs and created 26,000 jobs

Published:  23 February, 2015

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is calling on the government to cut the beer duty for the third year in a row as a report out today highlights the boost scrapping the duty escalator in last year's Budget has given the industry.

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March for Independents: Action Week 4 offers data and insights to help drive profits

Published:  23 February, 2015

As we enter the final Action Week of the March for the Independents campaign we turn the spotlight on the market trends, insights and data that will help independent wine merchants ensure they have the rights wines and spirits on shelf at the right price.

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Wine industry needs to rethink the way it uses video hears Google social media seminar

Published:  20 February, 2015

Wine businesses need to rethink use of online video to engage with consumers, a leading wine academic has said.

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All female-panel selects the winners in the 2015 Argentina Wine Awards

Published:  20 February, 2015

An all-female line up of international judges have voted for the winners in the 2015 Argentina wine awards.

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Byron and Browns come out top in new customer poll for best on-trade chains

Published:  20 February, 2015

If you want to sell your wines and spirits to the happiest of customers then you need to get on the lists at Byron, the premium burger chain, and Browns, according to new research from CGA Peach BrandTrack.

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Dominic Roskrow on the wonderful world of weird and wacky whiskies

Published:  20 February, 2015

New whisky distilleries are popping up all over the world and they're all competing to make a name for themselves. But some, says Dominic Roskrow, are turning to increasingly bizarre production methods in an attempt to be different

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One week to go to enter the Harpers Awards 2015

Published:  20 February, 2015

The clock is ticking but there is still time to get your entries in for the Harpers Awards 2015.

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Monkey Shoulder sets off in search of the Ultimate Bartender

Published:  20 February, 2015

Scotch whisky brand, Monkey Shoulder, is launching a new competition to find the "Ulitmate Bartender" in the UK with a series of regional trials with the overall winner getting the chance to run their own pop up bar during London Cocktail Week.

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March for Independents: 13 ways for retailers to keep on top of business law

Published:  20 February, 2015

Stephen Forward of the independent wine merchant business, Essentially Wine, gives a personal insight into how retailers like himself get on top of all the small business regulation.

 

 

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Wine and spirits companies urged to tweet out their support for a Drop in Duty

Published:  20 February, 2015

Today Harpers is repeating its call to all wine and spirits producers around the globe that are frustrated by the high alcohol duty levels in the UK to put their name and voice behind the industry's Drop the Duty campaign and raise the issue with the Chancellor, George Osborne.

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New Lindeman's wine packaging to hit shelves next month

Published:  19 February, 2015

Treasury Wine Estates' Lindeman's brand will start appearing on shelves with its new packaging from March onwards, with the refresh completed by May.

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Moet launches pop-up Champagne academy in London

Published:  19 February, 2015

Moët & Chandon is launching a pop-up Champagne school on London's Southbank in order to show consumers how the premium French fizz differs from other sparkling wines.

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Rhone wine brand Les Dauphins expands to US

Published:  19 February, 2015

Rhône wine brand Les Dauphins will launch in over 40 US states this spring, marking the opening of its 25th export market.

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E&J Gallo to psychoanalyse tweets of Apothic Red drinkers

Published:  19 February, 2015

E&J Gallo is ramping up its marketing activity for its Apothic Red wine brand by aiming to psychoanalyse consumers on social media after seeing UK sales double in 2014.

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Waitrose named UK's favourite supermarket by Which?

Published:  19 February, 2015

Waitrose has returned to the top spot of the Which? annual supermarkets survey - narrowly ahead of last year's winner, discounter Aldi.

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