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Porn Star Martini gets poured into bottles

Published:  14 July, 2017

The creater of Porn Star Martini – mixologist Douglas Ankrah, has launched a bottled format of the popular cocktail.

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Burgundy report: Good weather bodes well for 2017 following 2016 shortages

Published:  14 July, 2017

By Jason Haynes, Burgundy Specialist at Flint Wines 

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Inver House Distillers promotes Martin Leonard to managing director

Published:  13 July, 2017

Inver House Distillers, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings, has appointed its current operations manager, Martin Leonard, to managing director.

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The week that was

Published:  13 July, 2017

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

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Spanish blue wine Skyfall outlines its premium ambitions

Published:  13 July, 2017

The brains behind Skyfall, the newest face of the blue wine craze to be launched in the UK, are hoping that their product will soon be drank in the nation’s swanky bars as a premium tipple.

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English wine sales boom at Jascots

Published:  13 July, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants has reported a 171% volume hike in its English wine sales.

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Aldi launches premium positioned value sake

Published:  13 July, 2017

Aldi has launched a traditional sake in a bid to tap the trend for Japanese food and culture in the UK.

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The Rise of The Algarve

Published:  12 July, 2017

The Algarve is best known for its sunshine, stunning beaches and grilled fish, but now the region’s wines are enjoying a renaissance, a trend highlighted by their growing international recognition.

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Rioja winery team-up with top chef heading to the UK

Published:  12 July, 2017

Riojan winery Faustino has launched an innovation project to unite Spanish wine and gastronomy at home and in the UK.

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Cellar Trends continues Rosolio resurrection with new deal

Published:  12 July, 2017

Branded alcohol distributor, Cellar Trends, has taken on the distribution and marketing for Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto with the hopes of launching the Rosolio category into the UK.

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New campaign to highlight craft breweries from global beer companies

Published:  12 July, 2017

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling for greater clarity for beer drinkers following a number of buyouts of previously independent craft breweries in the UK by global beer companies.

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Broadland launches new Australian range to the UK off-trade

Published:  12 July, 2017

Broadland Wineries is adding a new range of Australian wines to its portfolio aimed at the off-trade.

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Merger to unite corners of English wine

Published:  11 July, 2017

It’s still early days for the new merger between the two main bodies representing the interests of UK wine producers.

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Gonzalez Byass committed to ‘innovative’ UK market as portfolio continues to expand

Published:  11 July, 2017

The recent release of Pazos de Lusco Albarino from Riax Baixas, marking the eighth Spanish producer in Gonzalez Byass’s growing portfolio of wineries, reflects the “growing curiosity and recognition” for Spain’s varied styles among consumers.

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New commercial manager at Hatch Mansfield

Published:  11 July, 2017

UK agent and distributor Hatch Mansfield has appointed Daniel Hart to the newly created role of commercial manager.

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Investors “lose confidence” in M&S following food and drink decline

Published:  11 July, 2017

A disappointing drop in food and drink sales at Marks & Spencer has put a dampener on CEO Steven Rowe’s recovery plan for the retailer. 

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WSTA presents “unequivocal argument” for free trade, but will ministers listen?

Published:  10 July, 2017

An industry meeting with Defra has re-ignited some of the biggest questions around Brexit and what threats our departure from Europe poses to the wine and spirits industry.

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Spain has moved beyond a purely price-based discussion say UK buyers

Published:  10 July, 2017

This was the key finding of a recent Harpers Spain round table on Pushing Boundaries and Innovation, with leading buyers from across the trade agreeing that a mixture of necessity and opportunity has shifted the UK focus onto quality over quantity with Spanish wines.

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Brewdog upgrades supply chain with new agreement

Published:  10 July, 2017

The ever-expanding Brewdog is looking to make its current storage and distribution arrangement more sophisticated with a new logistics agreement with XPO.

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IWC winners revealed

Published:  07 July, 2017

Excellence in all its vinous forms was celebrated at last night's International Wine Challenge when the great and the good of the wine trade gathered at London’s the Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

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