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As Brexit looms, is this the worst-timed duty rise in wine's history?

Published:  31 October, 2018

An inflationary rise for alcohol will kick in on February 1 – less than two months before the UK officially leaves the EU, further squeezing businesses stockpiling and looking to plan ahead. Harpers looks at what this means for a great British industry

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UK the fourth most expensive EU country to buy alcohol and tobacco in

Published:  31 October, 2018

The UK has been pinpointed as the fourth most costly country in the EU when it comes to buying alcohol and tobacco.

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Off-Piste signs exclusive distribution deal for Hilltop Wines

Published:  31 October, 2018

Off-Piste has signed a UK distribution deal for Hungarian producer Hilltop Wines.

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WSET reveals Outstanding Alumni Award nominees

Published:  31 October, 2018

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has revealed the nominees for its outstanding Alumni Award.

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Viña Pomal unveils classic Rioja with a modern twist

Published:  30 October, 2018

Viña Pomal has unveiled a new wine positioned as a classic Rioja with a modern style.

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CWI announces ‘dream’ harvest

Published:  30 October, 2018

The Californian Wine Institute (CWI) has announced the 2018 harvest had ‘played out like a dream’ for winegrowers in regions across the state.

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Missed opportunity: What a rise with inflation means for the UK wine trade

Published:  30 October, 2018

Pub landlords and spirits importers will be breathing a sigh of relief this morning, but not the nation’s wine trade – which is looking at an extra £90 million bill in duty next year.

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Edrington-Beam Suntory appoints Temperley GM for London

Published:  30 October, 2018

Edrington-Beam Suntory has appointed former head of Diageo Reserve Nick Temperley as its new general manager for London.

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Flint bolsters Burgundy portfolio with four young domaines

Published:  30 October, 2018

Flint Wines has grown its Burgundy portfolio with four producers.

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Duty frozen for spirits, cider and beer, but wine will rise with inflation

Published:  29 October, 2018

Investing in Britain’s future was one of the anthems that ran through Philip Hammond’s autumn Budget speech this afternoon.

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Vins de Provence projects higher harvest volumes than anticipated

Published:  29 October, 2018

Vins de Provence has reported higher than anticipated volumes for this year’s harvest.

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Diageo promotes Richard Larkin to head of Reserve

Published:  29 October, 2018

Diageo has promoted Richard Larkin to head of its Reserve GB arm.

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InterBeaujolais aims to attract young winegrowers with funding project

Published:  29 October, 2018

InterBeaujolais has revealed it is working on a new project aimed at attracting young and new winegrowers to the region.

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UK hospitality sector continues to grow despite Brexit concerns

Published:  26 October, 2018

The UK hospitality sector has turned over in excess of £100bn for the first time and now employs 2.35 million people.

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The week that was

Published:  26 October, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.

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Former Armit Wines' marketing head joins Gusbourne in new role

Published:  26 October, 2018

Kent winery Gusbourne has appointed Jonathan White as head of marketing.

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William Grant & Sons offers bartender training

Published:  26 October, 2018

William Grant & Sons’ UK Brand Ambassador team is offering training to bartenders at its first ever Unwrapped: The Other Side of Bartending event in Edinburgh on 29 October.

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Proof Drinks appoints former Hi-Spirits chairman as MD

Published:  25 October, 2018

Drinks brand owner and distributor Proof Drinks is gearing up for the next phase of its growth as the company confirms the appointment of Jeremy Hill as managing director.

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Artadi joins Pol Roger

Published:  25 October, 2018

Pol Roger Portfolio has announced it will be distributing the wines of Spanish producer Bodegas Artadi, bringing the full range to the UK from November 1.

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Pied à Terre leads petition for business rates to be abolished

Published:  25 October, 2018

Philip Hammond is being urged to abolish ‘debilitating’ business by some of the UK’s leading restaurateurs.

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