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TARGET PRACTICE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Having jettisoned the arrogance of Apartheid-era South African winemaking, Cape producers have made significant inroads into the lower price points in the UK market. Now, key exporters are targeting the higher price points, with greater emphasis on premium wines. Tim Atkin MW reports on their chances of making the leap

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PLAYING TO WIN

Published:  23 July, 2008

Although Diageo recorded sales of nearly 6 billion in the six months to Christmas 2002, critics still question the group's ability to expand its business, and many believe its wine portfolio is under-strength. So, are there any more acquisitions in the pipeline? Ron Emler puts the questions to Diageo's chief executive, Paul Walsh, in his first ever interview with a trade magazine. Photography by Ralph Hodgson

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SEASONAL ADJUSTMENTS

Published:  23 July, 2008

The days are getting longer, we have already had some good weather - it's time to break out the T-shirts, scrape down the barbie and stock up with crisp whites, juicy reds, ross and fizz. Christian Davis considers the stocking equations and in-store promotions at the weather-watching retailers

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THE BRITISH AISLES

Published:  23 July, 2008

Like much of the fortified wine market, 'British' fortified and made wine is in long-term decline. So, are producers and brand owners preparing to pull out of the category, or are they gearing up to fight back against increasing competition from new drink categories? Jack Hibberd takes a look at the sector

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KEEP YOUR GIN UP

Published:  23 July, 2008

Are two gin-themed recent openings in London part of a new willingness to take mother's ruin seriously as a premium spirit? Or is the gin sector still more about commodity than connoisseurship? David Williams reports on the latest gin developments

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EVENT HORIZON

Published:  23 July, 2008

As the wine trade's annual get-together settles into the second year at its new home at ExCeL, David Williams talks to organisers Andrew Evans and James Murray of Brintex about what's new for this year, and previews the product launches, events and tastings that will be pulling the punters to Docklands for the 2003 LIWSF

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Published:  23 July, 2008

The English Wine Group plc recently defied lingering scepticism about the future of English wine to raise 500,000 and gain a listing on OFEX, the off exchange' for smaller companies. Christian Davis takes a tour around Kent, Sussex and Surrey to see how the big four producers are aiming to persuade the British to buy English

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JACQUES ROLANCY - Interviewed by Joanne Simon

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chef, Windows Restaurant & Bar, London Hilton on Park Lane. Born and trained in France, chef Jacques Rolancy moved to the UK ten years ago to take over the reins at The Windows Restaurant and Bar in London. It has since won numerous awards, including three AA rosettes. Developing his cuisine lgre style of cooking, Rolancy himself has been awarded the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) award, his country's highest culinary accolade, becoming only the second chef working in the UK (after Michel Roux) to hold the award.

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NATURAL STATE OF AFFAIRS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Organic wines are claiming more shelf space in the multiples, but is this higher profile driven by the rising quality of organic wines, or a result of retailers' opportunism? In the Christmas build-up the Harpers team tasted 80 organic wines from around the world, to gauge the variety and strength in depth of the organic sector

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GEORGE GORING - Interviewed by Joanne Simon

Published:  23 July, 2008

Proprietor & Chairman, The Goring Hotel, London. Third-generation hotelier George Goring was born at the Goring Hotel in 1938. He studied at the Swiss Hotel School and then worked in Germany at the Kur Hotel in Bad Neuenahr and the Vierjahreszeiten in Hamburg. On returning to England, he worked for British Transport Hotels before replacing his father at The Goring in 1962.

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SLOVENIAN RHAPSODY

Published:  23 July, 2008

If Slovenia means anything to UK wine drinkers, it means Lutomer Laski Rizling. But as the former Yugoslav republic prepares to join the EU, that could be about to change. David Williams reports from a small country with big plans

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CHILE: A SUCCESS STORY, BUT WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The following is an edited transcript of the WSET Lecture delivered by Eduardo Chadwick, president of Via Errazuriz, on 3 March

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AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

Published:  23 July, 2008

Muscadet was hit hard by the British switch to New World wines during the 1990s but, as David Williams reports, quality initiatives and a region-wide shake-up of vineyards and wineries is starting to reverse the trend

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MARATHON MAN

Published:  23 July, 2008

It's almost 100 years since the Johnnie Walker logo first strode into our lives, in his top hat and breeches, and he remains an unmistakable symbol of Scotch whisky worldwide. Tom Bruce-Gardyne charts his journey

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THE GREAT CABERNET CONUNDRUM

Published:  23 July, 2008

On October the 29th, some of the industries top Cabernet producers came together to debate"The Great Cabernet Conundrum". Watch video from the event.

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DIFFERENT STROKES

Published:  23 July, 2008

After leaving the US for the Cte d'Or in the Sixties, Becky Wasserman set up shop first as a cooper and then as a broker, earning a dazzling reputation. Here, she talks to Margaret Rand about the peculiar problems of doing business in Burgundy and her run-in with the Mob.

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ON THE BRINK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Natural hazards and a low export profile are relatively moderate concerns for grape growers and winemakers on Santorini. For with young workers deserting viticulture for tourism, the island's vineyards are in danger of dying out with the older generation. Joanne Simon visits an historic wine island fighting for survival

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FINE AND DANDY

Published:  23 July, 2008

The chill economic wind has been blowing through the portals of wine auction houses on both sides of the Atlantic. Nevertheless, many auctioneers report that revenues have been better than expected. John Stimpfig makes sense of the profit trends in the salerooms and tests the chill factor for 2003

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THE GREEN MILES

Published:  23 July, 2008

Like its polar opposite, FABs, organic wine has been one of the drinks industry's biggest growth markets over the past decade. But can the boom survive a recession? David Williams assesses the current and future health of the UK's green wine scene

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EXHIBITIONISM

Published:  23 July, 2008

As 2003 gets underway, Jack Hibberd looks ahead to the year's key trade and consumer food and drink extravaganzas, from Birmingham to So Paulo

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