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Pound Sterling slides ahead of Scottish independence vote

Published:  08 September, 2014

The Great British pound sterling hit a five-month low of against the US dollar to close last week at 1.632 GBP/USD following reports of increased support for Scottish independence.

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Napa Valley wineries move focus from earthquake to harvest

Published:  08 September, 2014

California's Napa Valley wineries, a number of whom suffered significant damage in the recent 6.1 earthquake, have already harvested most of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

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Chapel Down turns to crowdfunding to drive English wine growth plans

Published:  08 September, 2014

Leading English winery, Chapel Down,  is continuing to drive its growth by looking for private investors to support it through a crowdfunding scheme.

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Hess Family moves Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten to Liberty

Published:  08 September, 2014

Hess Family Wine Estates has switched distribution of its Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten Druitt to Liberty Wines in the UK.

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Guy Woodward admires how Napa Valley took the Californian earthquake in its stride

Published:  06 September, 2014

It was 3.20am on a Sunday morning when the earthquake struck. If there can ever be a good time for the almighty's mysterious ways to take their course, this was surely it. Wineries were empty, the harvest not yet brought in, vats largely unused. One can only imagine the carnage had the 6.0 tremor struck 10 days later, during working hours, as the mass of hired hands were stacking up pallet upon pallet of grapes inside Napa cellars.

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

Published:  05 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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Top Majestic buyers demand better service from suppliers

Published:  05 September, 2014

Leading Majestic wine buyers have defended the chain from taking share from independent merchants and demanded better service from major wine suppliers with "laughable" demands.

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Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  05 September, 2014

 

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers' publishers, William Reed Business Media.

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UK's top French wine experts lined up for October's France Summit

Published:  05 September, 2014

A line up of top speakers from across the UK wine trade, including Master Sommeliers, multiple buyers, restaurateurs and leading independents will all be taking part in the second Harpers France Summit taking place on October 21 at London's St Ermin's Hotel.

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The Almeida reopens with new twist on a wine list - it does not have one

Published:  04 September, 2014

One of London's first restaurants without a wine list has just reopened after a mini refurbishment. The Almeida in Islington, north London, will instead rely on its waiting staff to make their own personal recommendations tailored to guests' individual budgets, style preferences and food order.

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Second Emerging Regions Tasting kicks off the 'Tasting Season'

Published:  04 September, 2014
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Paying suppliers late now seen as normal business practice says MasterCard study

Published:  04 September, 2014

Paying suppliers late is now seen as part of normal business practice by many international companies, according to a new study.

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Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty to be star turn at WSTA conference

Published:  04 September, 2014

Advertising guru turned wine producer, St John Hegarty, is to give the keynote talk at this month's Wine & Spirit Trade Association annual conference.

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Vinexpo strengthens management team ahead of 2015 Bordeaux show

Published:  04 September, 2014

Vinexpo has strengthened its management team ahead of next year's exhibition in Bordeaux with two new directors joining the team.

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Australian winemakers to join Negociants on tour of UK independents

Published:  04 September, 2014

Negociants UK will be hitting the road later this month  as part of a nationwide tour of tastings focused on the independent and on-trade. 

 

 

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Drinks wholesalers face stiff "penalties" for not registering with HMRC

Published:  03 September, 2014

 

All wholesalers that sell alcohol will have to register with the HMRC by 2017 under new rules set to be introduced early next year.

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England's largest whisky distillery gives members chance to own personal cask

Published:  03 September, 2014

England's largest whisky distillery, The Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria, is to produce 60 Connoisseurs' Club oak sherry casks, filled with the Lakes single malt and owned exclusively by club members.

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Brasserie Bar Company to follow British Queen launch with up to 20 more pubs

Published:  03 September, 2014

Brasserie Bar Company has just opened its fourth pub,  The British Queen, in Locksbottom, Orpintgon, Kent.

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Sake Sommelier of the Year competition open for entries

Published:  03 September, 2014

The search to find this year's Sake Sommelier of the Year is now on with entries open to win not only a £5,000 prize but a trip to Japan to delve even deeper in to the world of sake.

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Hawskmoor's fourth annual charity dinner tickets go on sale

Published:  03 September, 2014

Tickets for Hawksmoor's fourth annual charity dinner which raise money for Action Against Hunger and is set to be held on Saturday 11 October are now on sale.

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