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First Gamay Symposium attracts 11 countries

Published:  15 February, 2011

The first Gamay Symposium, aimed at raising consumer and professional awareness of the grape, saw over 600 entries from 11 different countries and 167 medals won.

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Harpers Champagne Summit gets underway

Published:  15 February, 2011

Harpers Wine & Spirit is holding its 2011 Champagne Summit today, which is aimed at educating and showcasing the best in Champagne to the UK's wine trade.

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On-trade failing to claim back £1,000s in capital allowances

Published:  15 February, 2011

Bar and restaurant owners are failing to claim back thousands of pounds worth of capital allowances, says one tax claim firm.

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Wines in the press February 11-13

Published:  15 February, 2011

The Guardian

Fiona Beckett says she hates the whole business of Valentine's Day. She would prefer a bit of thought to go into it, rather than eat heart-shaped food and sip pink fizzy drinks belongs to a teen movie.

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Sterling holds firm ahead of data release

Published:  15 February, 2011

Sterling was firm yesterday ahead of a big day of data releases in both the UK and euro zone.

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Bargain Booze may be for sale at £90m

Published:  14 February, 2011

The 640-store Bargain Booze chain may soon be on the market for £90 million, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

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Analysis: wine merchants vs bloggers

Published:  14 February, 2011

The wine blogging community was up in arms last week over a report from Wine Intelligence, which said independent bloggers were one of the "least trusted sources of wine information". Harpers asked bloggers, merchants, online retailers, and Wine Intelligence for their views.

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D&D to slash prices on top-end wines

Published:  14 February, 2011

Former Conran restaurants, D&D London, has announced a wine spending review that includes slashing the mark-ups on top-end bottles.

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UK pub and restaurant sales up 10.7% in January

Published:  14 February, 2011

UK restaurant and pub groups performed well in January, with like-for-like sales up 10.7% on the same period last year, according to monthly sales monitoring report the Coffer Peach Business Tracker. 

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California producers: grape prices 'unsustainable'

Published:  14 February, 2011

Californian producers are facing a challenging year thanks to "unsustainable grape prices", according to Allied Grape Growers president.

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Sterling falls due to lack of clarity over interest rates

Published:  14 February, 2011

Sterling fell against a stronger US dollar on Friday after investors sold sterling on a lack of clarity about interest rates from the Bank of England.

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On-trade missing out on upselling wine

Published:  11 February, 2011

A quarter of restaurant, hotel and pub operators do not encourage their staff to upsell wines to customers, according to a report from ViVAS.

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Tesco listing up for grabs in new drinks innovation competition

Published:  11 February, 2011

 

Tesco's drinks chief Dan Jago says the supermarket giant is happy to "put our money where our mouth is" by backing a Harpers Wine & Spirit initiative to find the best new drinks idea in the country.

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Champagne Awards finalists to be revealed at Harpers Champagne Summit

Published:  11 February, 2011


The finalists in Harpers Wine & Spirit's inaugural Champagne Awards have been announced with the winners revealed at the title's Champagne Summit at London's Soho Hotel on February 15.

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Colour more important than price when choosing wine, says new Wilson report

Published:  11 February, 2011


Colour is the most important factor for up to nearly half (47%) of all British wine drinkers when deciding what type of wine to buy.

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PLB appointed UK agent for Bodegas Navajas

Published:  11 February, 2011

Importer PLB has been appointed UK agent for Rioja winery Bodegas Navajas.

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Glenmorangie unveils private edition at the new Savoy

Published:  11 February, 2011

The Glenmorangie Company has unveiled the European release of a century-old recipe at the newly-reopened Savoy Hotel.

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Smirnoff sales down in 'challenging' British spirits market

Published:  10 February, 2011

Diageo has reported challenging trading conditions in Britain, where sales of its flagship spirit brand Smirnoff fell by 16% in the second half of last year.

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V-KAT Schnapps campaign set to launch into student union bars

Published:  10 February, 2011

Inter Continental Brands ICB, is launching a advertising campaign for its new V-KAT Schnapps, in student union bars this month.

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Project Merlin could help boost on-trade

Published:  10 February, 2011

The government's Project Merlin deal with the banks has the potential to stimulate activity in the pub, restaurant and hotel business, according to Christie Finance.

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