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The week that was

Published:  18 May, 2018

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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2016 Ports debut at London preview

Published:  18 May, 2018

Purity, precision and terroir were very much the buzz words at the 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting in London on May 17, where Symington Family Estates, The Fladgate Partnership and Quinta do Noval collaborated to show wines from the recently and unanimously declared 2016 vintage.

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Cono Sur targets foodies with new TV ads

Published:  18 May, 2018

Leading Chilean winery Cono Sur has launched a major new primetime TV ad campaign highlighting wine and food, which is set to reach 13 million viewers over six months.

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Roberson brings new sustainable wine range to the UK

Published:  17 May, 2018

London merchant Roberson Wine has brought a new range of sustainable wines to the UK.

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Fever-Tree reports positive start to year as it appoints new non- executive director

Published:  17 May, 2018

Fever-Tree has reported a ‘positive” start to the year and announced it is trading in line with expectations for the full year ending 31 December, 2018.

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Bolney claims first with Sussex Rosso Vermouth

Published:  17 May, 2018

Bolney Wine Estate has claimed a market first with the launch of a Sussex Rosso Vermouth.

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SWA appoints director of strategy and communication

Published:  16 May, 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed Gerry McFall as director of strategy and communication.

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Rocketing rents and rates ‘unmanageable’ for London restaurants

Published:  16 May, 2018

Rent and rate increases in London have left restaurant operators in fear for the future, with 84% saying the charges have become “unmanageable” for their businesses.

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Bibendum and Matthew Clark owner C&C Group reports drop in profit

Published:  16 May, 2018

C&C Group has reported a drop in full-year net revenue and profit with sales hit by severe weather in the second half.

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Leading Spanish sangria to touch down in the UK

Published:  15 May, 2018

Spain’s Zamora Company has teamed up with independent distributor Indie Brands to launch its recently acquired premium sangria into the UK market.

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Halewood's Stewart Hainsworth confirms sale plans

Published:  15 May, 2018

Halewood Wines & Spirits has confirmed it is exploring potential sale options as the business expands internationally.

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Harpers at LWF: English Fizz, Driving NPD and The Future of the Agency Model

Published:  15 May, 2018

Harpers will be again be taking the stage at this year’s reinvigorated London Wine Fair with a mix of briefings and tasting, tying in with exciting new features including the Innovation Zone and Drinks Britannia, where the results of our English Wine Stars Awards will be revealed.

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Casella becomes WSET Silver Corporate Patron

Published:  15 May, 2018

Casella Family Brands (CFB) has signed up as a silver Corporate Patron of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

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Flint Wines adds first Canadian wineries to portfolio

Published:  15 May, 2018

Flint Wines has been appointed the exclusive UK distributor of Canadian wineries Le Vieux Pin and La Stella.

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Australian Vintage creates two new COO roles

Published:  14 May, 2018

Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) has created two new senior executive roles as part of a strategy to streamline its global sales.

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Michael Saunders returns to Bibendum as chief executive

Published:  14 May, 2018

C&C Group has announced former head of Bibendum, Michael Saunders, has re-joined the business as chief executive.

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Women of the Vine & Spirits makes inaugural visit to London with one-off event

Published:  14 May, 2018

A US organisation at the forefront of promoting gender parity in the industry is heading to London for the first time next month, for “first-of-its-kind” gathering in Europe.

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Harpers catches up with Esporao's David Baverstock

Published:  14 May, 2018

Over the past 15-20 years, Portugal's wine industry has been transformed. Quality has been pushed to the forefront; producers have returned to native varieties in a big way, recognising them as Portugal's raison d'etre in a crowded and competitive global wine industry. Meanwhile, regions that were once also-rans have emerged with distinctive styles and a renewed commitment to local traditions.

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Berry Bros & Rudd introduces Helix closure to UK retail

Published:  14 May, 2018

Berry Bros & Rudd has claimed a UK retail first with the introduction of the Helix closure.

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IWC UK Merchant Awards returns

Published:  11 May, 2018

The IWC UK Merchant Awards is back for another year, with limited time remaining to sign up.

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