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Japanese mixologist beats UK competition to be crowned Maker's Mark best bartender

Published:  23 November, 2010

A Japanese bartender has beaten off the competition, including two UK mixologists, in Maker's Mark's inaugural Battle of the Best bartender competition held in Kentucky.

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Tough conditions for alcohol sales in Greater Manchester

Published:  23 November, 2010
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Surge in prices at Beaune wine auction

Published:  22 November, 2010

The Hospices de Beaune auction in Burgundy has given local producers renewed optimism.

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Brown Brothers joins forces with PLB

Published:  22 November, 2010

 

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Chile Summit kicks off

Published:  22 November, 2010

Harpers Chile Summit has kicked off with an off-trade debate ? buyers from Tesco and Sainsbury's will be addressing delegates along with independent retailers and producers.
Issues on the agenda include varietals, price points, premiumisation, consumer education and where Chile sits in the New World/South American category.
This afternoon an on-trade debate will include Hakkasan's group wine buyer Christine Parkinson and the Cinammon Club's sommelier Laurant Chaniac. They will look at where Chile sits on a wine list, the right varietals for the on-trade, opportunities for premium listings and consumer education will all be addressed.
Trading issues such as currency and distribution will also be up for debate throughout the day at London's Soho Hotel.
Masters of Wine Peter McCombie and Peter Richards will be sharing their expertise on Chilean wine in a series of exclusive masterclasses later on today.
McCombie will challenge perceptions of Chilean wine and show how better sourcing makes it easier to upsell to customers with wines that express the excellence of its winemaking. Richards' masterclass will address diversity within Chile.

National Wine Month all set for May 2011

Published:  19 November, 2010


The trade is being urged to enthuse consumers next year with the first National Wine Month, an initiative being run by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

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The Famous Grouse launches festive ad campaign

Published:  19 November, 2010

The Famous Grouse has launched its 15th consecutive Christmas TV advertising campaign which is estimated to reach 40 million viewers.

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Job prospects good for drinks industry, says Chin Chin Jobs

Published:  19 November, 2010

Drinks businesses are reporting "outstanding results" which means good job prospects, according to drinks recruitment agency, Chin Chin Jobs.

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Baltic shipwreck find includes 19th century Veuve Clicquot

Published:  19 November, 2010

Veuve Clicquot has confirmed that the Champagne shipment discovered on a wreck at the bottom of the Baltic sea last July includes Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

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Positive retail figures help sterling gain against US dollar

Published:  19 November, 2010

Sterling gained against the US dollar yesterday as positive retail sales figures and factory orders helped lift the pound back over $1.60/£1 but it struggled to hold above that level.

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Diageo linked to bid for Jim Beam

Published:  19 November, 2010

Diageo has been linked with a bid for Jim Beam, the number two American whiskey brand after Jack Daniel's.

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Call for higher VAT on supermarket alcohol

Published:  19 November, 2010

VAT should be increased on drinks sold in supermarkets and off-licences - but not the on-trade, a leading doctor has suggested.

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Fuller's grows wine division

Published:  19 November, 2010

Fuller's, the London brewer and pubs operator, has reported a big increase in profits, helped by a strong performance from its wine division.

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Independents and on-trade look to benefit from #winedealfriday

Published:  19 November, 2010

Anyone looking to service the independent or on-trade sectors is today encouraged to join the growing the number of suppliers that are using Harpers Wine & Spirit's #winedealfriday to offer special deals directly through Twitter, the social media service.

 

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Analysis: How vital is a wine qualification?

Published:  18 November, 2010
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Susanna Forbes launches British drinks website

Published:  18 November, 2010

A website dedicated to showcasing British drinks and promoting the best places to visit has been launched by industry journalist, Susanna Forbes.

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Slurp sells out of wine with email voucher campaign

Published:  18 November, 2010
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Michael Mondavi wines go on sale through Bibendum

Published:  18 November, 2010
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Chile Summit secures expertise of leading MWs

Published:  18 November, 2010

Two Masters of Wine - Peter McCombie and Peter Richards - will be sharing their expertise on Chilean wine in a series of exclusive masterclasses at the Harpers Chile Summit on Monday, November 22.

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Eristoff ramps up advertising with £250k spend

Published:  18 November, 2010
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