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South Africa's Charles Back receives a Lifetime Achievement award at IWC 2014

Published:  17 July, 2014

Legendary South African winemaker and producer, Charles Back, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Wine Challenge awards dinner last night in London.

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Tesco ramps up Finest range in response to consumers

Published:  17 July, 2014

Tesco customers' calls for increased variety in its Finest wine range were answered this week as the supermarket added seven new wines - including a Riesling from Slovenia. 

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World Cup boosts pub drink sales, but food suffers

Published:  17 July, 2014

The World Cup provided a 2.4% sales boost for wet-led pubs, but branded restaurants faced flat sales while pub restaurants saw revenues slide compared to June last year.

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French dominate Winemakers of the Year at the IWC 2014

Published:  17 July, 2014

France dominated the overall winemaker awards at last night's International Wine Challenge dinner picking up three of the main five prizes handed out.

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M&S named Supermarket of the Year by International Wine Challenge for second year running

Published:  17 July, 2014

Marks & Spencer has claimed the International Wine Challenge Supermarket of the Year award for the second year running.

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Botham, Atherton and Gooch lead Lord's cricket celebration with Hardys wine

Published:  16 July, 2014

Legends from across cricket came together last night at Lord's to take part in a special trade dinner to mark the ground's 200 year anniversary and Hardys brand sponsorship of English cricket.

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Glenrothes introduces a reserve edition matured in sherry casks from Jerez

Published:  16 July, 2014

The Glenrothes, the Speyside distillery, is releasing  a new expression that has been matured in specified sherry casks in Jerez, southern Spain.

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English Wine Producers revises ambitious target downwards

Published:  16 July, 2014

English Wine Producers has revised downwards ambitious targets of reaching £100 million worth of sales by next year, saying instead sales of £60 million are more likely.

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Halfwine.com looks to crowdfunding to finance expansion

Published:  16 July, 2014

Halfwine.com, which specialises in selling 37.5cl bottles of wine, is looking to raise £30,000 in exchange for 15% of the company in order to drive the next phase in its development.

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I Heart Wines to move into travel retail

Published:  16 July, 2014

Copestick Murray's I Heart wine brand is entering the travel retail market with the appointment of specialist distribution partner Red Zero 7.

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Summer boosts sales of sparkling wine, says Nielsen

Published:  16 July, 2014

Fizz has fared well thanks to summer weather, with sales of sparkling wine up 18.9% on last year, according to the latest Nielsen data for the off-trade.

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Special Yorkshire liqueur recreated in honour of the Brontë family

Published:  15 July, 2014

Sir James Aykroyd, former chairman of Speyside Distillers, has recreated a special liqueur in honour of the Brontë family and their home in Yorkshire.

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Beautiful South offers themed tastings and winemaker debates on Chile, Argentina and South Africa

Published:  15 July, 2014

A central "meet the winemaker" themed area will be the central focus for this September's combined Beautiful South tasting featuring wines from Chile, South Africa and Argentina.

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Casillero del Diablo's Wine Legend tour to reach one million people

Published:  15 July, 2014

Casillero del Diablo kicked off its Wine Legend UK tour on July 10, 2014 in the hope of promoting the brand to one million UK consumers on its branded bus tour.

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England's failure results in poor World Cup for beer and cider brands

Published:  15 July, 2014

Later kick off times and England's poor performance combined to have a knock-on effect on what were disappointing sales of beers and lagers during the first half of the World Cup, according to the latest Nielsen data.

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Setting the record straight: Pernod Ricard UK says fake wine reports are two years old

Published:  15 July, 2014

Pernod Ricard has issued a media statement refuting stories run by the Daily Mail, the Metro, The Independent, The Mirror and The Times in recent days that named Jacob's Creek as one of the wine brands that are on sale in some local off-licences that could be counterfeit and potentially harmful. 

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The Ledbury named as London's "Ultimate" restaurant for third year running

Published:  15 July, 2014

The Ledbury has scored a hat-trick of wins in the Ultimate Restaurant List 2014 which picks its winners based on an aggregate of all other dining awards and ratings.

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Your chance to enter and nominate brands for the Harpers Global Design Awards

Published:  14 July, 2014

If you have seen or worked with an exciting new drinks in the last 12 months then you can now nominate them to receive special recognition in the Harpers Global Design Awards.

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Pernod Ricard acquires majority stake in Avión Spirits as it targets US for growth

Published:  14 July, 2014

Pernod Ricard has made its second major acquisition this year with its almost $100 million investment to acquire an 84% stake in Avión Spirits.

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Scotland win the World Cup...Harpers Predictions game!

Published:  14 July, 2014

James Macdonald of Burlington Drinks can hold his head up high today as the canniest, wisest football tipster in the UK wine and spirits industry as he came out top in the Harpers World Cup Predictathon.

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