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Mike Paul on the lessons and warnings English sparkling wine can take from the success of Prosecco

Published:  29 January, 2014

At the recent International Sparkling Wine Symposium held at Denbies I was facilitating a session on the way forward for English fizz and made a throwaway comment that for all its success producers should be wary of seeing Prosecco as a role model. I noted that, while it has certainly captured the imagination of a large swathe of the wine market, I doubted that many consumers could name individual brands or are aware of the difference between DOC and DOCG Prosecco. This implies that they will tend to be drawn to the cheapest Prosecco that they find acceptable. It would be fair to say that my comment was not universally popular with  Prosecco producers in the room.

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UK remains sixth biggest wine drinking country in world despite falling sales says Vinexpo

Published:  28 January, 2014

The UK remains the sixth biggest wine consuming country in the world despite another year of falling wine sales, according to the latest figures released by Vinexpo, but there are signs drinking levels could be on the up again from 2015.

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Call Time on Duty: Beer sales up due to impact of duty cuts

Published:  28 January, 2014

Beer sales in the off trade rose 3.9% by volume in the fourth quarter of 2013, marking increases for two consecutive quarters for the first time in 10 years, following the cut in beer duty last year.

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Languedoc-based winery aims to create a world class sparkling wine in Kent

Published:  24 January, 2014

A Languedoc-based winery has taken up the challenge of trying to create a world class sparkling wine in a new vineyard in Kent.

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Manchester project puts the Cider into Moss Side

Published:  17 January, 2014
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?Interview: Dan Townsend on building fine wine brands at Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  10 January, 2014

The pressure on wine brands to succeed in the UK is nowhere more intense than at Treasury Wine Estates. Richard Siddle asks its UK head, Dan Townsend, how it can succeed with both mainstream and fine-wine brands

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Gusbourne Estate raises £2m funding to help expand vineyards and winery

Published:  19 December, 2013

Gusbourne Estate, the Kent-based English sparkling wine producer, has acquired a £2m loan from Barclays bank to help develop the winery and overall business.

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Third bi-annual Sparkling wine symposium wraps up

Published:  11 December, 2013

The third bi-annual International Sparkling Wine Symposium (ISWS), which was held last week on December 3rd and 4th, had 150 attendees from 15 different countries at the Denbies Wine Estates in Surrey.

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New drinkers are bringing growth to sparkling wines says Wine Intelligence

Published:  05 December, 2013

Sparkling wine continues to show strong growth in its major markets, Richard Halstead of Wine Intelligence told the 3rd International Sparkling Wine Symposium, with a new generation of drinkers and distinct changes in drinking habits the key drivers.

 

 

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World map of wine to be turned on its head warns Dr Richard Smart

Published:  04 December, 2013

"The wine business is the canary in the cage for world agriculture because it so sensitive to change," Dr Richard Smart told delegates to the 3rd International Sparkling Wine Symposium, being held at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey.

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Luddenden Valley Wines fights for excise duty reduction

Published:  02 December, 2013

Luddenden Valley Wines has launched a campaign for excise duty on wine-production levels at small-scale UK producers to be brought in line with cider and beer distillers in a bid to help UK wine producers become more competitive.

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English wines showcase new releases at East Anglian trade tasting

Published:  28 November, 2013

New Hall founder Piers Greenwood capped off a winning year with the release of his Sparkling English Rosé magnum at the East Anglian Vineyard Association's recent trade tasting.

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Scottish multi-buy promotions ban has not hit alcohol sales says new study

Published:  26 November, 2013

Banning multi-buy promotions for alcohol has failed to hit alcohol sales in Scotland, according to a new academic study.

 

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Jancis Robinson passes the torch as WSET honorary president

Published:  12 November, 2013

Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW is to follow Jancis Robinson OBE, MW, who served for the last three years, as the new honorary president of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust's (WSET) effective from January 20, 2014.

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London Cru opens for tours and supper clubs

Published:  08 November, 2013

Central London's first urban winery is officially open for tours starting this Saturday, 9 November, where it will host tours for the public along with other opportunities throughout the month, like  becoming a winemaker for a day or dining in the barrel room with a series of  supper clubs the winery will be hosting.

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BrewDog to max out 'Equity for Punks' scheme

Published:  08 November, 2013

BrewDog, the largest independent Scottish brewery, announced on 7th November it would be offering an additional 2,600shares valued at £250,000 due to demand from 'fanvestors'; maximizing the number of shares it is able to sell in its 'Equity for Punks' crowdfunding scheme

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Published:  01 November, 2013
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Ancre Hill comes out top in first Welsh Vineyard Association awards

Published:  01 November, 2013

Ancre Hill cemented its place as Wales' premier winery by winning the sole Gold and three of the five Silvers in the inaugural Welsh Vineyard Association Awards, held on Monday 28 October at Llanerch Vineyards near Cardiff.

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Douglas Blyde on all there is to know about Digby Fine English sparkling wine

Published:  31 October, 2013

"England has quite a lot of quite good wines, but few have thought through what their mojo is," says Trevor Clough, co-founder with husband, business partner, and "breadwinner" (a computer speech recognition specialist), Jason Humphries, of Digby Fine English sparkling wines. A former corporate strategist advising Fortune 500 firms, the American/Englishman, born north of Boston and raised in Germany, cites California as inspiration to quit his job to invest time in wine. "I want a tiny part of Napa's fairy dust to rub-off on England," he says.

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Cornwall's Knightor winery releases its first sparkling wine

Published:  17 October, 2013

Cornish winery Knightor has announced the release of its first sparkling wine, Knightor Brut NV.

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