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Stiffy's vodka ruled irresponsible over sexually suggestive name

Published:  08 November, 2011

Stiffy's vodka liqueur products will be removed from sale after a ruling from the drinks watchdog said the name is inappropriately linked to sexual success.

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Wines in the press - November 4-6

Published:  08 November, 2011

The Guardian
Sometimes it's good to discover a wine that's quite straightforward and uncomplicated, says Fiona Beckett.

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Robert Parker holds "greatest tasting ever of young wine" at Wine Future Hong Kong

Published:  08 November, 2011


US wine critic Robert Parker described his Magical 20 tasting of Bordeaux 2009s at Wine Future in Hong Kong as the greatest tasting ever of young wine, and most certainly in China.

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SWA slams alcohol free whisky product as illegal

Published:  07 November, 2011

The Scotch Whisky Association has slammed a new product which claims to be the world's first alcohol free whisky as illegal, saying that it will confuse consumers by unfairly trading on whisky's reputation.

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Balblair launches 2001 vintage and new whisky centre

Published:  07 November, 2011

Single malt Scotch whisky Balblair is celebrating the launch of its latest vintage with the opening of a new visitor centre.

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Global wine community agrees system for CO2 emissions

Published:  07 November, 2011

The global wine community has agreed a standardised system for calculating the industry's carbon dioxide and greehouse gas emissions.

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Robert Parker admits his influence on wine world is "on the wane"

Published:  07 November, 2011

US wine critic Robert Parker has admitted to Wine Future Hong Kong that his star may be on "wane" but that his influence has always been greatly over played.

 

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China on course for 100 million case market in 10 years

Published:  07 November, 2011

The Chinese wine market is expected to be worth 50 million 9 litre cases within five years, and up to 100 milllion 9 litre cases in 10 years.

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Randall Grahm predicts a future with nutritional wines

Published:  07 November, 2011


Maverick Californian winemaker Randall Grahm predicted a Garden of Eden-style world of future vineyards making nutritional wines that are deemed to be good for you.

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Francis Ford Coppola tells Wine Future great wine making is like making a film

Published:  06 November, 2011


Film director Francis Ford Coppola likened wine making to film making in his address to the Wine Future conference in Hong Kong.

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Chinese consumers need time to understand wines they like, says China's head of Christie's

Published:  06 November, 2011


The Chinese wine market needs time to evolve before the industry can truly determine what are the key wine trends and consumer likes and dislikes, according to Simon Tam, head of auction house, Christie's Chinese division.

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Fine wine must crack supply chain issues to achieve full potential, says Liv-ex chief

Published:  06 November, 2011


The future of the international fine wine market rests on radical changes to the supply chain and accounting systems used by most of the major global players, according to James Miles, head of fine wine trading website, Liv-ex.

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Sommelier advice at touch of a button

Published:  04 November, 2011

Wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd is launching a virtual sommerlier app in partnership with mobile phone manufacturer Vertu.

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VIDEO: Channel Island enjoys its first grape harvest

Published:  04 November, 2011

A tiny island in the English Channel, which is without cars or streetlights and is home to just 600 people, has become the world's newest wine region.

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Sopexa to market Chablis in UK

Published:  04 November, 2011

The Burgundy Wine Board BIVB, has appointed Sopexa to manage public relations for Chablis, with the aim to increase its presence in the UK market.

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Get on Harpers cover for Benevolent

Published:  04 November, 2011

For the first time Harpers is offering its front cover position to an advertiser, with all the money going to drinks trade charity, The Benevolent.

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Harpers Design Awards 2012

Published:  03 November, 2011

Design is a key element for brand development and awareness. If you have recently re-designed or launched your drinks brand or you are a design agency representing a great product, enter the Harpers Wine & Spirit Design Awards and gain the recognition you deserve.


As in previous years, we're inviting entries from all areas of the drinks industry and have included a number of new categories this year to include soft drinks and pre-mix categories. Each product entered must either have been launched or designed in 2011. You may enter a single product or range of products.

 

Each entry will be judged by a panel of leading experts including writers and designers as well as both on and  off-trade specialists. Products will be judged based on the criteria of initial impact, target market concerns and the product's overall aesthetic. In other words, does the final product measure up to the brief?

 

The winning result will be published in Harpers Wine & Spirit Design Issue in May 2012 which will be distributed at the London International Wine Fair & Distil.

Download the Design Awards 2012 entry form here.

Closing date for entries is Friday, February 24th 2012

For further details please email Julie Cresswell or call Julie on +44 (0) 1293 610201


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Currency update: G20 meetings get underway

Published:  03 November, 2011

Sterling regained some of the ground it lost against the US dollar on Tuesday as the surge in demand for safe haven assets waned, however the pound failed to capitalise on its move towards €1.17/£1.

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New cocktails for waistline watchers

Published:  03 November, 2011

The newly refurbished Rockwell Bar in London's Trafalgar Hotel is introducing a range of cocktails targeted at health conscious, calories counting drinkers.

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Sud de France to round off year with organic and biodynamic tasting

Published:  03 November, 2011

Sud de France is to round off its wine tasting year with an organic and biodynamic wine tasting.

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