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International Wine Challenge 2015 open for entries

Published:  29 September, 2014

The International Wine Challenge 2015 is now accepting entries from the first tranche of applicants from now until October 30, 2014.

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Treasury Wine Estates turns down private equity bids

Published:  29 September, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates has rejected two offers from private equity bidders in favour of continuing as a standalone company.

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

Published:  26 September, 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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Glenmorangie releases first 'crowd-sourced' whisky

Published:  26 September, 2014

Glenmorangie is releasing its first 'crowd-sourced' whisky today, which is a limited 12,000 bottle production called Taghta.

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Copestick Murray to be exclusive distributor of Lisa McGuigan Wines in European markets

Published:  26 September, 2014

Copestick Murray announced today they will be the exclusive distributor in European markets for Australian wine brands Lisa McGuigan Wines.

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Shortlist for Harpers French Wine Awards announced

Published:  26 September, 2014

The shortlist for the 2014 Harpers French Wine Awards are released today with the likes of Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, The Sampler, Daniel Lambert, Tim Atkin MW and Gerrard Basset MW MS fighting it out for the main awards.

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Northcote retains title of Sud de France Sommelier of the Year

Published:  26 September, 2014

Tamus Czinki, head sommelier of Michelin-starred restaurant, Northcote near Blackburn, Lancashire, has been named Sud de France Sommelier of the Year for 2014.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: why we should celebrate £6 wines not denigrate them

Published:  26 September, 2014

Wine selling for £6 or less is shit.  Not my words but those of advertising legend Sir John Hegarty at the Wine and Spirit Trade Association conference.

 

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Diageo's Justerini & Brooks appoints Cellina Chan to head Hong Kong office

Published:  25 September, 2014

Justerini & Brooks has appointed Cellina Chan as its new head of sales in Hong Kong with a view to growing its international client base.

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Nobu biggest loser as Michelin strips 14 restaurants of their stars

Published:  25 September, 2014

The Michelin Guide has decided not to give any new two or three stars in today's announcement of its 2014/2015 awards, and has stripped stars from 14 restaurants including Nobu and Nobu Berkeley Street.

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Hospitality industry to create 6,000 jobs for young people by Christmas

Published:  25 September, 2014

The British hospitality industry will create 6,000 new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds by the end of the year, says the industry's trade association.

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British Bottle Company offers expert export service for UK drinks

Published:  25 September, 2014

The British Bottle Company is a new specialist export business dedicated to helping British drinks, including English wine, craft beers and artisanal spirits, gain distribution in key export markets around the world.

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Mitchells & Butlers adds 195 sites in past year

Published:  25 September, 2014

Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators within the UK market, has been quietly growing the number of site throughout the year and has added 195 new sites over the past year.

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Drinks firms face increased costs and red tape over new HMRC fraud rules

Published:  25 September, 2014

Drinks firms face increased red tape and administrative costs for carrying out due diligence as part of a HMRC crackdown on alcohol fraud.

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Australian drinks design studio the Collective opens first European office

Published:  25 September, 2014

The Collective, a Sydney-based drinks design agency, has opened its first outpost outside Australia, in London.

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Today's SITT London tasting offers masterclasses on Italy and the Rhône

Published:  24 September, 2014

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Wine importer Red Squirrel sees wholesale business grow fivefold in three months

Published:  24 September, 2014

Chiswick wine importer Red Squirrel Wine has seen its wholesale business take off after it beefed up its portfolio and revamped its logo and website.

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Greenall's releases first new gins in over 250 years

Published:  24 September, 2014

Gin brand Greenall's is launching its first new gins in over 250 years today - a sloe gin and wild berry option.

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Argentina's Viñalba wine brand launches two new wines

Published:  24 September, 2014

Argentina's Viñalba brand has added two new wines to its portfolio - Parrilla by Viñalba and Reservado de la Familia.

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Wine Vision 2014 turns spotlight onto the wine and consumers of the future

Published:  24 September, 2014

The future of wine, from emerging markets to evolving consumers, will be up for debate at this year's second Wine Vision event which takes place in November.

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