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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  13 June, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week (and a bit of last week due to the long weekend) on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Digital innovation achieves record breaking $18.7 million at Auction Napa Valley

Published:  13 June, 2014

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) non-profit trade association kicked off its 34th annual Auction Napa Valley on the 6th of June, but for the first time permitted bidding for the Barrel Auction via a mobile app.

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Bodegas Campillo moves from Cellar Trends to Inverarity Morton

Published:  13 June, 2014

Spain's Bodegas Campillo has switched its UK distribution from Cellar Trends to Inverarity Morton to push sales in premium on-trade venues.

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Laroche winemaker Grégory Viennois on a new dawn for Chablis, the difficult 2013 vintage and price changes

Published:  13 June, 2014

Grégory Viennois, the outspoken winemaker and technical director at Domaine Laroche (owned by the Advini group), was in London to present the 2012 vintage of his Chablis premiers and grands crus and hold a master class on the different crus on the right and left bank of the Serein river. Anne Krebiehl caught up with him afterwards: he sees the dawn of a new era for Chablis, reflects on the difficult 2013 vintage and price developments.

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Bordeaux producers philosophical following 'catastrophic' hail storm

Published:  12 June, 2014

Bordeaux's wine producers remain philosophical in the face of destructive hail storms, despite some having up to 85% of grapes destroyed.

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Bordeaux's wine cultural centre will drive wine tourism internationally

Published:  12 June, 2014
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US craft brewers unite for travelling beer festival

Published:  12 June, 2014

US craft brewer Sierra Nevada is teaming up with 700 brewers to host a series of beer festivals and collaborate on limited edition beers at a roadshow travelling from its California base to its new facility in North Carolina throughout July and August.

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Wine still one of the most heavily promoted grocery categories

Published:  12 June, 2014

Almost six out of every 10 bottles of wine are sold on promotion in the UK, according to figures from Nielsen for the past year. 

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International Wine Challenge prepares to showcase top wines at Taste of Gold event

Published:  12 June, 2014

Wine lovers, be they trade or consumer, can sample the International Wine Challenge's gold-medal winning wines and mingle with expert judges at next week's A Taste of Gold event in London.

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Grab a G&T: sixth annual World Gin Day to celebrated around the world

Published:  11 June, 2014

Gin producers the world over will be raising their favourite gin drinks this Saturday June 14 for the sixth annual World Gin Day.

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UK number one export market for Brazilian wines

Published:  11 June, 2014

The UK is now the number one market for Brazilian wines, accounting for one fifth of its exports, with value sales rocketing 224% by value in the past four months compared to the whole of 2013.

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New Zealand's 2014 grape harvest up 29% on last year

Published:  11 June, 2014

Official figures for New Zealand's 2014 grape harvest show it has increased by almost one third on last year.

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WSTA gears up for aggressive campaign against duty hikes in 2015

Published:  11 June, 2014

The WSTA is considering calling for a 2% cut in duty on wine and spirits as part of its campaign in the lead up to next year's Budget.

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Troubled Remy Cointreau names replacement chief executive

Published:  11 June, 2014

Rémy Cointreau which has seen profits and sales rapidly decline over the first half of the year, has named Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet as the new chief executive slated to take contirl of the struggling spirits brands in mid-September.

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Golfer Colin Montgomerie launches special Ryder Cup Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky

Published:  11 June, 2014

Golfing legend Colin Montgomerie has joined forces with Johnnie Walker Blue Label to celebrate the return of The Ryder Cup to Scotland after a 41-year absence with a limited edition whisky.

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An independent Scotland means higher costs, free trade risks and lack of global support for whisky

Published:  11 June, 2014

Scotch whisky producers face higher costs and EU tariffs, a loss of support from UK embassies, and increased uncertainty if Scotland votes for independence, according to a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Roof Gardens Party raises over £10,000 for drinks trade charity The Benevolent

Published:  10 June, 2014
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Accolade Wine borrows US$300 million to drive global growth

Published:  10 June, 2014

GE Capital International has provided Accolade Wines with a US$300 million cross-border credit facility in order for the world's fifth largest wine producer to continue to grow its brands globally.

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Australian wine chief tips US as 'outstanding opportunity' for wine

Published:  10 June, 2014

Top Australian wine producer Neil McGuigan says the US market is a "sleeping giant" when it comes to wine consumption, and predicts its growth will outpace China in the next few years.

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UK most difficult market for top end sparkling wine outside Champagne

Published:  10 June, 2014

The UK is the most difficult market for top end sparkling wine outside of Champagne, according to the head of Franciacorta's trade body in Italy.

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