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TURNED OUT FINE AGAIN

Published:  23 July, 2008

After an extraordinary decade, Cognac is fighting back on several fronts to widen its special niche in the global markets. Pat Straker reports on the vitality and diversity of Cognac in 2001

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HEADING UPSTREAM

Published:  23 July, 2008

Earlier this year, Taylor-Fonseca bought Croft and Delaforce Port brands from Diageo. Susy Atkins considers the repercussions of the Douro's biggest acquisition in years

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FESTIVE CHEERS

Published:  23 July, 2008

As Christmas draws nigh, with all its attendant parties, Giles Fallowfield looks at the Champagne market in the UK

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Harvest Highs

Published:  23 July, 2008

In part one of the Harpers vintage round-up, Jo Burzynska and James Aufenast take a look at the highs and lows of a dramatic year in the northern hemisphere

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THE YOUNG THAT GOT AWAY?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The youth market remains a crucial target to drinks companies, but with shifting demographic trends and new advertising curbs, Generation X is in danger of slipping through the net. Jo Burzynska reports on worldwide attempts to bank the post-pubescent dollar

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WINKING AMONG THE CHEST HAIRS

Published:  23 July, 2008

De luxe blended whiskies are facing a challenge on three fronts: from malts, standard blends and their own creaking image. Tom Bruce-Gardyne explores the current pecking order in world Scotch styles, and asks whether the de luxe blend is past its prime

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UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY

Published:  23 July, 2008

Portugal is bouncing back to form with a bumper 2001 harvest. Richard Mayson appraises the current crop of Portuguese wines, the key factors behind the recent upturn, and the shifting balance of power within the regions

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WINES AND MISDEMEANOURS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Counterfeit trading has plagued the wine and spirits industry for decades. Now, increasingly brand-precious wine producers are finally getting to grips with this multi-million dollar rip-off. Maggie Rosen reports on the fight against fakes

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IN FROM THE COLD

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ice wine from Canada, the world's largest producer, may now be sold in the EU, where the UK is the number one target. As well as adding to the growing niche market for dessert wines, it provides a good example to the rest of the world of how trade barriers can be overcome. Neil Beckett tells a tale of ice and men

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Allan Cheesman: Return of the Native

Published:  23 July, 2008

After a testing year at BRL Hardy, Allan Cheesman is back in charge at his alma mater, Sainsbury's. Margaret Rand talks to the Big Cheese about company structures, conspiracy theories and the future of the supermarket wine sector.

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DOUBLE VISION

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Languedoc is a classically French conundrum. The region produces some of France's most distinctive entry-point varietals, yet is beset by intransigence and factions. Rosemary George MW reports on the growing gulf between those who reform and those who refuse

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A PLAGUE ON ALL YOUR HOUSES

Published:  23 July, 2008

California's wine industry is facing one of the worst crises in its history, in the form of Pierce's Disease. Monty Waldin reports on the progress of this vine-killer, and the growing opposition to potential control measures

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CHARDONNAY CHARADES

Published:  23 July, 2008

As part of Harpers' Anything But Chardonnay seminar in London, in July, a blind tasting was held to establish whether the world's Chardonnays are in danger of losing their regional identities. Neil Beckett considers the outcome

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AFTER THE FLOOD

Published:  23 July, 2008

Last month, Harpers hosted an "Anything But Chardonnay?" seminar in London, focusing on the future of the world's favourite grape. Among the issues up for debate were the split identity of Chardonnay, and the tough choices facing those producers who fear that the grape is out of control

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SOFTWARE OVER THE RAINBOW

Published:  23 July, 2008

There is a new reality in the virtual world, with developments in software promising to change the day-to-day business practices of companies large and small. So if AOC means more to you than ADSL and ASP, you need to read on. Especially when ASP may be the last thing your IT team will tell you about. By Neil Beckett

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FOURTH WINE RELIEF RAISES 625,000

Published:  23 July, 2008
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THE RUM CONUNDRUM

Published:  23 July, 2008

Distributors are seeking to give rum an edge in the spirits market through innovative promotions and a greater range of flavours, but are supermarkets ready to vary their options? James Aufenast reports on the campaign to reposition rum

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All white on the night?

Published:  23 July, 2008

Well, not if it's Spanish and over a fiver - and especially not in the on-trade, according to the latest figures. However, John Radford has been finding some areas of growth and optimism in the Spanish white wine business

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Breaking through

Published:  23 July, 2008

After a difficult few years Vins de Pays appear to be turning the corner. Jo Burzynska looks at new initiatives and what is needed to enable the category to stand up to increasing New World competition

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Branding: what can the wine trade learn

Published:  23 July, 2008

There may be nothing brand-new about brands, but brand news is still news. Harpers asked five leading figures in the industry for their views on what it could learn from other sectors. And with extensive experience in the beer, spirits and fast food sectors, they were all well qualified to say. The seminar was chaired by Tim Atkin, editorial director of Harpers, and featured (in the order in which they spoke) Allan Westray, managing director, International Wine Services; James Ryland, export director, Calvet; James Herrick, chairman, Wineprophet; Mario Micheli, president, Southcorp Europe; and David Williams, CEO, First Quench. The seminar was held as part of the London International Wine & Spirits Fair at Olympia on 23 May, in front of a full audience of 300 people.

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