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Wine Vision: Wine must engage all the senses, say professors

Published:  18 November, 2014

Winemakers beware - it's "not enough just to get the liquid right" - the emotional connection, background music and lighting also dramatically affect the taste, say top professors.

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Wine trade prepares for 'seismic change', says Wine Vision director

Published:  17 November, 2014

Wine Vision 2014's executive director is set to kick off the global conference by telling delegates the wine trade is preparing for "seismic change" in wake of Tesco's accounting scandal.

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Accolade Wines confirms Grant Burge talks

Published:  17 November, 2014

Accolade Wines has confirmed it is in exclusive discussions to acquire the Barossa-based firm Grant Burge Wines.

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Australia's free trade agreement with China would see wine tariffs gone by 2019

Published:  17 November, 2014

Australia has signed a declaration of intent for a free trade agreement with China today after 10 years of talks between the two countries which is set to benefit Australian farm exporters, including wine producers.

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Majestic profits slip on the back of high investment costs

Published:  17 November, 2014

Majestic Wine's profits have slipped 10.5% to £8.5 million, although group sales are up 2.8% to £133.8 million in the first half of the year.

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Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse set for last Hospice de Beaune before handing over to first female manager

Published:  14 November, 2014

Burgundy winemaker, Roland Masse, will see his last vintage put up for auction at this weekend's Hospice de Beaune before he passes on the responsibility to Ludivine Griveau, the first woman to look after the domain in its history.

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Prof. Charles Spence set to kickoff Wine Vision next week

Published:  14 November, 2014

Wine Vision, a conference that draws leaders of the wine trade from around the world, will open next week with Charles Spence a professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford Univiersty kicking off the event with a multi sensory experience.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  14 November, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Broadland Wineries on course to become a £250m wine business in 12 years

Published:  14 November, 2014

Broadland Wineries is on track to grow its business from £10 million turnover in 2006, £100m by 2016 and climb to £250m by 2026 if it continues its journey of being a fully-fledged international wine supplier in its own right and away from its roots as a contract bottler.

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Cockburn's Port looks to capture spirit of family Christmas with new festive campaign

Published:  13 November, 2014

Cockburn's Port is hoping to capture the spirit of Christmas with a new print and online advertising campaign that breaks this week.

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Top wine brands choose Vente Privee as new route to market

Published:  13 November, 2014

Top name wine producers are using flash sales site Vente Privée to attract new consumers to their brands in the UK.

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Constellation Brands hits a 52-week high for third time this year

Published:  13 November, 2014

Constellation Brands (STZ) hit a 52-week high in trading yesterday, peaking at US$95.09 per share and closing the day at $94.02, which is the third time this year the company has hit a yearly record level.

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Arbikie, Scotland's newest farm-to-bottle distillery, kicks off with potato vodka

Published:  13 November, 2014

A super-premium Scottish potato vodka is to be the first spirit produced by Arbikie, Scotland's newest farm-to-bottle distillery.

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Casella set to buy Peter Lehmann Wines

Published:  13 November, 2014

Two major players of the Australian wine world are to come together as Casella Family Brands, owners of Yellow Tail, plans to buy Peter Lehmann Wines.

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Hangingditch to attract 500 guests to Manchester Cathedral for annual wine fair

Published:  12 November, 2014

Hangingditch, the leading Manchester independent wine merchant, is expecting up to 500 guests to attend its annual consumer wine fair on Friday which also offers live classical musical and operatic singing in the impressive backdrop of the Manchester Cathedral.

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Government ministers to set out misuse strategies at Alcohol Concern conference

Published:  12 November, 2014

Alcohol Concern has lined up a strong panel of front bench MPs and ministers to speak at its annual conference next week which will be held under the theme "Taking back our health and high streets".

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Consumers win in UK supermarket wars as discounters continue to expand

Published:  12 November, 2014

Consumers are coming out ahead as the UK supermarket wars rage on and another discounter commits to expansion in the UK's highly competitive retail market.

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Tesco bolsters wine team as it looks to improve quality and customer focus

Published:  12 November, 2014

Tesco has boosted its wine team with the addition of an assistant buyer and quality manager.

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Conviviality Retail to expand into Scotland

Published:  12 November, 2014

Conviviality Retail, owner of the Bargain Booze and Wine Rack brands, has revealed plans to expand into Scotland with its half-yearly trading update broadly in line with last year.

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London on-trade sees October sales up 4.1%

Published:  12 November, 2014

London bar and restaurant chains have seen like for like sales up 4.1% in October, while outside the capital managed operators are ramping up new site openings.

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