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Sulphur debate boils over

Published:  03 June, 2016

With the emergence of a counterculture in wine styles, the President of the OIV, the International Vine and Wine Organisation, has issued a controversial warning over the push to reduce sulphur (SO2) levels in wine.

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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 June, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Regulation changed shoppers buying habits in Scotland, says independent merchant

Published:  03 June, 2016

As with university fees and other devolved powers concerning health and education, Scotland has its own rules regulation when it comes to the drinks industry.

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ICCWS: Millennials have a thirst for cool climate wines

Published:  03 June, 2016

As climate change pushes viticulture further and further towards the poles, a similar shift is happening to the type of wine consumer and the types of wines they are consuming.

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The Vintner expands sales team to target premium on-trade

Published:  02 June, 2016

The Vintner is expanding its sales team with the appointment of Christophe Papis as the head of on-trade sales as it moves to target the premium restaurant trade for the first time.

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Brown-Forman acquires The BenRiach Distillery Company for £281 million

Published:  02 June, 2016

Brown-Forman announced yesterday it has completed the acquisition of the single malt Scotch whisky conglomerate The BenRiach Distillery Company for £281 million.

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Convenience sector growth outpaces the market

Published:  02 June, 2016

Within the convenience sector wine sales's growth is outpacing the rest of the wine market and for those suppliers, particularly of New World wines, and retailers with identifiable brands and new formats, the opportunities to capitalise on the sector abound.

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Champagne de Castelnau celebrates centenary with new launch

Published:  02 June, 2016

Champagne de Castelnau is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with the launch of its first prestige cuvée

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Can wine learn from gin's Meet the Maker approach?

Published:  02 June, 2016

The team behind next week's Junipalooza gin extravaganza is demanding that the producers and distillers physically attend the fair - otherwise they're not coming in.

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Taittinger gastronomy competition reaches the big 50

Published:  01 June, 2016

Champagne Taittinger is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their renowned Taittinger Prix Culinaire International.

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VIDEO: Weekend hailstorms ravage parts of France and Italy

Published:  01 June, 2016

Over the past few days severe weather has ravaged wine regions across France and Italy and it is expected to have devastating effects on the 2016 harvest.

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ICCWS: New technological trends impacting wine marketing

Published:  01 June, 2016

Bottlebooks' Jonathan Harclerode joined a panel of e-business wine experts at the ICCWS last week to discuss how to make collecting and sharing wine data more efficient.

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"Watertight paper trail" only way to ensure provenance at auction

Published:  01 June, 2016

A UK auctioneer is stressing the importance of having watertight paperwork to prevent wine fraud following speculation that top Burgundy lots offered by a Swiss auction house were counterfeit.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Premiumisation with discounters own-label products drive growth

Published:  01 June, 2016

Retailers are no longer losing customers to discounters, but they are continuing to lose spend to the competition due to the increase in shoppers' consumption of the discounters premium own-label offerings.

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ICCWS: Cool climate wine gaining ground

Published:  01 June, 2016

Speaking at the Cool Climate Symposium (ICCWS) in Brighton last week, Oz Clarke said cool climate wines such as English and Welsh wines, could be the perfect antidote to the big, overripe wines.

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ICCWS moving to Canada after UK event

Published:  31 May, 2016

Canada has been announced as the successor to England as the next host of the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium.

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Wolf Blass signs multi-year partnership with Manchester City FC in Asia

Published:  31 May, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates' Wolf Blass brand has signed a multi-year partnership deal to be the official wine partner of the Manchester City Football Club for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Mexico.

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Promotion for UK indies to drive Provence rosé growth

Published:  31 May, 2016

Vins de Provence is launching a necktag promotion to support sales and drive awareness of Provence rosé wines in UK indies.

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Sales of English wine up 13% at Waitrose

Published:  31 May, 2016

Sales at Waitrose show that UK consumers are continuing to invest in home-grown wines, with sales increasingly year-by-year.

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Size doesn't matter, says co-founder of new multi-million pound "mega" distillery

Published:  31 May, 2016

The co-founder of Portobello Road Gin has revealed that building a 'super-distillery' was never the intention behind plans to build a four-storey gin destination in the heart of Notting Hill.

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