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The rise of Irish whiskey as EU whiskey

Published:  27 June, 2018

It may be unsurprising that Selfridges is launching its first Irish food and drink show this August. With a fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth Irish whiskey is now the world’s fastest growing spirit according to the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA).

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Bibendum opens doors on new wine academy scheme

Published:  27 June, 2018

Drinks merchant Bibendum has kicked off a new academy scheme to give newcomers to the industry the chance to gain hands on experience in the wine trade.

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Brexit pushed Californian wine price up by a fifth

Published:  27 June, 2018

The average price of Californian wine imported to the European Union surged by nearly a fifth in the year of the Brexit vote, analysis by Harpers reveals.

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XECO Wines appoints Tortuga Brands as UK distributor

Published:  27 June, 2018

Newly formed sherry brand XECO Wines has appointed Tortuga Brands as its exclusive UK distributor with sole responsibility for its sales and marketing.

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Greek whites vie for Assyrtiko's crown

Published:  26 June, 2018

Malagousia, Vidiano, Kidonitsa, Savatiano and Moscofilero may be unfamiliar names to everyone but Greek wine adventurists.

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English winemakers experiment with Charmat method

Published:  26 June, 2018

A number of English winemakers are breaking with convention to produce fizz made using a method more often associated with Prosecco.

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Occitanie rosé in the pink as UK market dries up

Published:  26 June, 2018

Sales of rosé wines from the South of France are in the pink despite rosé’s waning popularity across Britain, according to wine producers from the Occitanie region.

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Cutty Sark set for sale as owner Edrington reports 7% growth

Published:  25 June, 2018

Famous Grouse, Macallan and Highland Park owner Edrington has reported a 7% uplift in sales despite ongoing challenges in the blended Scotch market.

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Bancroft turns to Delicato for latest Cali partnership

Published:  25 June, 2018

Bancroft Wines is ramping up its distribution of Californian wines via a new partnership with Delicato Family Vineyards' – the seventh largest exporter of wines from the Golden State.

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Kiwi winegrowers predict ‘modest’ export growth in spite of good harvest

Published:  25 June, 2018

New Zealand winegrowers are predicting only modest export growth for the coming year in spite of a 6% surge in grape production.

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Bisol puts the spotlight on top tier Prosecco

Published:  22 June, 2018

Leading Italian producer Bisol has announced a portfolio overhaul to enforce its position as the “benchmark” for Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene DOCG – one of the two main DOCGs for Prosecco.

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E-commerce to represent 7.2% of FMCG retail by 2020

Published:  22 June, 2018

Retailers are being urged to adapt their strategies around the “evolution of channels” in light of research which showed that in 2017, 76% of fast-moving consumer goods’ (FMCG) value growth came from channels outside traditional supermarkets.

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The week that was

Published:  22 June, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.

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Bibendum to supply Market Halls’ pop-up venture

Published:  21 June, 2018

Bibendum has teamed up with Market Halls to supply the company’s new pop-up venture in Fulham.

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Christie’s promotes Triptree to international director

Published:  21 June, 2018

Christie’s has promoted Tim Triptree, previously vice president, senior specialist, head of sales, to the position of international director, specialist in the wine department.

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Hallgarten & Novum Wines doubles Marlborough portfolio

Published:  21 June, 2018

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor for Marlborough’s Lake Chalice Wines across the on and off-trade, marking the brand’s UK debut.

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Plumpton College introduces awareness day to highlight ‘light strike’ damage

Published:  20 June, 2018

Plumpton College has, in partnership with Sparkling Wine World Championship (CSWWC) and Nyetimber introduced a ‘light strike’ awareness day coinciding with summer solstice - the longest day of the year.

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Italian diversity paving the way for premium Prosecco?

Published:  20 June, 2018

A greater appreciation of Italy’s regions and varietal diversity could be laying the groundwork for the longevity of Prosecco, according to experts.

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Bellavita reveals Best UK Sommelier 2018 ISWA Award winner

Published:  20 June, 2018

The winner of this year’s Bellavita Best UK Sommelier 2018 Award, sponsored by Italian Signature Wines Academy (ISWA), has been revealed.

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Loire Valley estate Coteau des Treilles changes hands

Published:  20 June, 2018

Coteau des Treilles owner Jo Pithon has after 40 years transmitted his estate to ‘wine enthusiast’ Ivan Massonnat.

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