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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Julia Trustram Eve, English Wine Producers

Published:  21 December, 2015

In the first of our annual reviews of the year, we asked Julia Trustram Eve, the marketing director for English Wine Producers, what were some highlights of 2015 and what she thinks lies ahead for the industry. For Trustman Eve, 2015 was a busy year where English wines became increasingly more mainstream.  Looking ahead she see the Budget as one of the industries biggest challenges in 2016, but a lot of opportunity as well with the International Cool Climate Symposium being hosted in the UK.

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New Gadget: iSommelier- the oxygenation decanting device

Published:  19 November, 2015

Decanting may soon become an act of minutes rather than hours and be controlled by an app on your phone.

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Insight: Is Ribera Del Duero in Rioja's shadow?

Published:  19 November, 2015

James Lawrence asks if there is any room for Ribera Del Duero in London's crowded on-trade?

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Steven Spurrier's Bride Valley wines to be imported by Jean-Claude Boisset in US

Published:  17 November, 2015

Steven Spurrier has contracted with US importer Jean-Claude Boisset to import his Bride Valley wines to the US.

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Insights: Turkish wine producers look to the UK as a key export market

Published:  13 November, 2015

Justin Keay, discovers some exceptional wines at last month's Wines of Turkey tasting and explores why more Turkish producers are looking at the UK as critical export market.

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Q&A: Graham Gayler appointed as new non-executive director

Published:  10 November, 2015

Ridgeview, one of the largest English sparkling wine producers in Sussex, has appointed its former bank manager, Graham Gayler as a non-executive director. Gayler, a former director at NatWest bank, was one of the few lenders to show faith in Ridgeview and the future of English wine, when he agreed to fund the fizz producer during its first years of production in the 1990s.

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Mark Harvey, new MD of wine at Chapel Down, wants to shake up the wine trade

Published:  02 November, 2015

Mark Harvey was recently appointed managing director of wine at Chapel Down. He talks to Erin Smith about his new role and what he sees for the future of the English sparkling wine brand.

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Q&A: Bruce Tindale, Chairman International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

Published:  14 October, 2015

 Bruce Tindale, owner of Surrey vineyard High Clandon and chairman of the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, which will be held in Brighton on May 26-28, 2016, talks to Erin Smith about next year's conference

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Matthew Gaughan: Oregon is a region still young at heart

Published:  21 September, 2015

The late summer sunshine in the beautiful surroundings of San Francisco's Presidio saw 66 Oregon producers showcase the state's wines. The event, Pinot in the City, which was held last month naturally focused on Pinot Noir, but a number of white wines were also available for tasting.

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Analysis: Can English sparkling wine ever go mainstream?

Published:  17 August, 2015

James Lawrence examines the future prospects for English fizz.

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The Smith Report: To deal or not to deal

Published:  07 August, 2015

There seems to be no end of M&A activity in the UK drinks market. But is what is driving the recent activity?

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Isle of Arran posts record growth despite slump of Scottish whisky sector

Published:  28 July, 2015

Independent whisky producer Isle of Arran Distillers has revealed record results for 2014.

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Bladnoch Distillery returns to production

Published:  27 July, 2015

Bladnoch, the southern-most distillery in Scotland is to start producing whisky again.

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Champagne Lanson has a 'perfect start' to summer campaign

Published:  27 July, 2015

Champagne Lanson's 'The Perfect Start' programme of sponsorship throughout the British summer is already bearing fruit.

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Nyetimber lands partnership with Goodwood Racecourse

Published:  27 July, 2015

Nyetimber, one of England's leading sparkling wine producer, has announced a three-year partnership with Goodwood Racecourse.

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Analysis: HMRC's crackdown on alcohol's black market

Published:  17 July, 2015

Tackling duty evasion and illicit activity within the drinks trade was a key message in last week's Budget, but what does it mean for the trade?

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Insight: UK closures battle it out

Published:  17 July, 2015

The closure battle is becoming a two-horse race in the UK - and it's getting harder to pick a winner.

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Hambledon reaches £2.75m crowdfunding target

Published:  29 May, 2015

Hampshire wine producer Hambledon Vineyard has secured its £2.75m crowdfunding target and has raised the investment opportunity to £3.5m.

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Calls for a united body to promote UK wine producers

Published:  29 May, 2015

English wine producers are calling for a new promotional body to represent producers and growers amid swelling consumer interest.

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New viticulture research programme opens in Kent to boost English wine industry

Published:  28 May, 2015

A trial research vineyard is being established at the East Malling Research centre in Kent which aims to boost productivity and margins within the English wine industry.

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