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Wine should follow Top Gear's example and look to entertain not educate

Published:  19 September, 2014

The wine industry should look at the massive success of BBC's Top Gear in how to make a potentially complex subject entertaining to the public, according to advertising guru, Sir John Hegarty.

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Supermarkets are threatening the future of wine suppliers warns Sir John Hegarty

Published:  19 September, 2014

Britain's biggest supermarkets are in danger of "screwing" wine suppliers so much the market is no longer "sustainable" was the dire warning laid down this week by advertising guru and wine producer, Sir John Hegarty.

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Advertising guru, Sir John Hegarty, slams "truly appalling" wine industry

Published:  18 September, 2014

 

Advertising guru, Sir John Hegarty, claimed this week that of the up to 400 types of business or brands he has worked with in his career he has not come across an industry quite as "truly appalling" as wine.

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Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky boosts golf ties ahead of Ryder Cup

Published:  18 September, 2014

Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky is boosting its golf ties ahead of next week's Ryder Cup by building a mini golf course at Gleneagles for fans to play.

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Northern Ireland's alcohol abuse totals £900m

Published:  18 September, 2014

Alcohol abuse in Northern Ireland costs £900 million per year - a figure that could be reduced by earlier intervention.

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After two difficult harvests, Loire Valley is optimistic as 2014 vintage starts

Published:  18 September, 2014

Despite a cool August, September's warm weather could not come at a better time for producers in the Loire Valley, where there is a feeling of optimism and relief as the harvest gets underway. 

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Scottish independence: drinks trade on tenterhooks as voters go to polls

Published:  18 September, 2014

The wine and spirits trade is on tenterhooks as the people of Scotland go to the polls over independence.

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Team Cox complete Médoc Marathon and raise £16k for drinks charities

Published:  18 September, 2014

 

 

The combined efforts of the 12-strong trade team that took part in last weekend's Médoc Marathon in Pauillac , Bordeaux has helped raise £16,000 for the Benevolent drinks charity and Vintners' Foundation.

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Ex-Oddbins boss, Simon Baile, says standalone wine retailing not sustainable

Published:  18 September, 2014

Former Oddbins-supremo Simon Baile says there's no future in the world of standalone wine retailing, and has changed his model to include food and entertainment.

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Independent merchants have key role to play in lobbying MPs for duty changes, says WSTA

Published:  18 September, 2014

Independent wine merchants have a key role to play in persuading local MPs to listen to the wine and spirits industry's calls for an effective cut in alcohol duty levels at the 2015 Budget.

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A "united" industry effort can force a 2% cut in duty, claims WSTA's Miles Beale

Published:  18 September, 2014

 

Following this year's success in delivering an end to the duty escalator, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association is calling on the drinks industry to lobby hard for a 2% duty cut in the 2015 Budget.

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Buckingham Schenk sees Argentina and Prosecco sales soar

Published:  18 September, 2014

Buckingham Schenk see sales of its Argentinian Viñalba brand rocket, with Prosecco also leading the charge while pre-filled goblets hit sales of 1 million.  

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Heston Blumenthal to open Melbourne version of Fat Duck on February 3

Published:  17 September, 2014

The Australian version of Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant is to open in Melbourne in February 3 2015 with reservations being taken from October 8.

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Accolade Wines switches its European division from the UK to Poland

Published:  17 September, 2014

Accolade Wines is to run its European affairs from a new dedicated office in Warsaw, Poland rather than manage the operation from its UK headquarters.

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The Harpers Gang...here to entertain you!

Published:  17 September, 2014

Harpers Team @harperswine

Harpers Team @harperswine

Here's the Harpers team like you have never seen them before.

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An independent Scotland is bad news for Scotch whisky in short-term, says Rabobank

Published:  17 September, 2014

An independent Scotland will have a negative impact on the Scotch whisky industry in the short term, says a new report from Rabobank.

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French harvest looking good, say estate owners

Published:  17 September, 2014

French winemakers are optimistic about the current harvest, especially given the current spell of good weather is making for perfect harvesting conditions.

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William Grant & Sons invests in Tullamore whiskey with new Irish distillery

Published:  17 September, 2014

William Grant & Sons officially opens its new Tullamore state-of-the-art whiskey distillery today in Ireland to help keep up with international demand for what is now the second largest Irish whiskey in the world. It is the first time that whiskey has been produced in Tullamore for 60 years.

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Baking hot September boosts prospects for Bordeaux 2014 harvest

Published:  17 September, 2014

September's "baking hot" weather in Bordeaux has "greatly improved" the prospects for this year's harvest, with chateau owners comparing it to 2008.

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On-trade hit by decline in spirits sales across all venues

Published:  17 September, 2014

Declining year-on-year spirits sales in the on-trade will have brand owners hoping for a substantial pick up in the last few months of the year leading up to Christmas.

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