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Looking back on 2012 for the wine trade: part 1

Published:  18 December, 2012

Reflecting on 2012, and checking out some of our most popular articles both online and in the magazine, it's evident the trade didn't have an easy year. But it certainly wasn't all doom and gloom. A quick run-down picks up diverse themes incorporating everything from the Olympics, companies collapsing, generic bodies coming up with new approaches, UK-based firms taking closer looks at overseas markets in order to maximise returns, a host of changes at the top within the UK's leading wine businesses and the unstoppable juggernaut that is the alcohol duty escalator.

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Consumers face massive price hikes for Christmas drinks

Published:  18 December, 2012

Consumers are facing a massive price hike for their average Christmas drinks shop if government proposals on minimum pricing go ahead, the Wine & Spirits Trade Association has warned.

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Kingsland Wine closes Stratford's headquarters

Published:  17 December, 2012

FE Barber, which trades as Kingsland Wine & Spirits and Legacy Wines, is to close Stratford's Wine Agencies Cookham office following its purchase of the firm back in September.

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Portugal buyers' trip: Bob McDonald

Published:  17 December, 2012

Last to write about his experience on the Harpers buyers' trip through Portugal's Alentejo, Tejo and Peninsula de Setúbal regions, is Corks Out's Bob McDonald, who tells Harpers why it's the indigenous varieties and not the international ones that float his regional boat.

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Jenny Mackenzie heads to Trentino, northern Italy, and discovers a home for sparkling wine

Published:  17 December, 2012

If there are any sparkling wines to challenge Champagne's crown, it could be those of Trentino in north Italy, established in 1902 by Giulio Ferrari. The 41 producers under the Trentodoc marketing name, formed in 2007, are as historic, diverse and high quality as their counterparts in northern France.

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Inter-Rhône launches London bus and underground campaign

Published:  17 December, 2012

Inter-Rhône is targeting London's red buses and undergound with an advertising campaign aimed at raising awareness of its wines in the run up to Christmas.

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Inter-Rhône advertises across London buses

Published:  17 December, 2012

Inter-Rhône is targeting London's commuters this month with a UK advertising campaign on 110 of the capital's red buses and in underground stations.

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FirstCape reveals British and Irish Lions packaging

Published:  17 December, 2012

FirstCape has launched new packaging for its Presidents Selection wines on the back of its sponsorship of the British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia.

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London Cocktail Week 2013 set for October

Published:  17 December, 2012

Next year's London Cocktail Week will take place from October 7 to 13.

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Three Barrels launches 50cl and undergoes image revamp

Published:  14 December, 2012

Three Barrels has announced the launch of a 50cl VSOP in a bid to meet growing consumer demand for a selection of premium spirits across a range of price points.

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McGuigan Wines joins forces with MasterChef's John Torode

Published:  14 December, 2012

McGuigan Wines has teamed up with celebrity chef John Torode to work on a wine and food-matching project aimed at making wine enjoyment more accessible to the consumer.

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Portugal buyers' trip: Peter Ingram

Published:  14 December, 2012

On the back of the Harpers buyers' trip through Portugal's Alentejo, Tejo and Peninsula de Setúbal regions, Peter Ingram, buyer for Vagabond Wines, tells Harpers what stood out for him and why he sees the indigenous variety as the country's strength.

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Wines from Rioja announces Cambridge Wine Merchants as Retailer of the Year Competition

Published:  14 December, 2012

Wines from Rioja has announced the winners of its Retailer of the Year Competition as Cambridge Wine Merchants with runner-up, The Longship, Orkney.

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BAR offers full British drinks service to event organisers in 2013

Published:  13 December, 2012


Event and venue organisers will be able to offer a full range of award winning British drinks and produce thanks to a new service launching early in 2013.

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Big brands to start making money from social media in 2013, says new report

Published:  13 December, 2012

2013 will be the year that big brands and advertisers can finally expect to start making money from social media sites, according to media analysts Millward Brown.

 

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Burgundy 2011 en primeur barrel samples on show

Published:  13 December, 2012

Fine wine merchant Goedhuis & Co will be providing a snapshot of the Burgundy 2011 en primeur offering at its tasting early next year.

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Portugal buyers' trip: Jess Lomas

Published:  13 December, 2012

On the back of the Harpers Portuguese buyers' trip Jess Lomas, manager of Peckhams Glasgow tells us what stood out for her and what she learned from visiting the Alentejo, Tejo and Península de Setúbal regions.

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Northern Restaurant & Bar show larger in 2013

Published:  12 December, 2012

The north's hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has announced it will be 20% larger on its return to Manchester Central in March 2013.

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Ruinart releases 1998 vintage rosé Champagne

Published:  12 December, 2012

Ruinart has released its 1998 rosé Champagne - its first vintage rosé in five years.

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New wine shop goes online

Published:  12 December, 2012

Having opened the doors to New Street Wine Shop in September, D&D London is taking the store's wine offering online.

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