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Cliff Roberson to open London's first urban winery

Published:  25 July, 2013

London Cru, set to be the first urban boutique winery in London, is busy preparing for harvest and getting ready to open its cellar doors to the public this November in central London.


Investment schemes open the door for UK drinks firms

Published:  22 July, 2013

The UK drinks industry is fast becoming one of the hottest areas of investment, with wineries and brewers finding increasingly innovative ways to raise money.


Raymond Blanc blown away by English wines

Published:  19 July, 2013

Michelin-starred French chef, Raymond Blanc, writes exclusively in this week's Harpers and about his love for English wine and how, at their best, they are now matching wine from his home country.


UK wineries welcome 'perfect' conditions

Published:  19 July, 2013

The current heatwave being enjoyed across the UK could produce a quality vintage on a par with 2009, according to English wine producers.


English winemakers welcome 'perfect' conditions

Published:  19 July, 2013

This year's record summer temperatures could produce a quality vintage on a par with 2009, according to English wine producers.


Government wine consumption up 20% in 2012

Published:  12 July, 2013

The amount of wine consumed at government functions was up 20% last year due to events like the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.


Camilla calls for new name for English sparkling wine

Published:  10 July, 2013

This week the Duchess of Cornwall officiated the opening of the redeveloped Hambledon Vineyard Winery in Hampshire and...


Chapel Down secures £4.3m equity funding

Published:  08 July, 2013

Chapel Down, the English wine and beer producer, has secured £4.3 million in new equity funding needed to increase...


Demand for English wine as Rathfinny plants more vines

Published:  09 April, 2013

Rathfinny Estate has received calls from supermarkets keen to stock its English wine, despite being a year away from...


English sparkling wine could be threat to Champagne sales

Published:  05 April, 2013

English sparkling wine could become the biggest threat to future Champagne sales if the quality and diversity of offer...


English sparkling wines get rave reviews at ProWein

Published:  29 March, 2013

English sparkling wine was seen as one of the big successes at last week's ProWein with wines from the five participating wineries receiving rave reviews, writes Miguel Cruz Liljegren


Bottle Green Wines expands on-trade and indie division

Published:  12 March, 2013

Bottle Green Wines has strengthened its on-trade and independents team with the addition of Jonathan Piggott.


Boutinot takes on first English producer, Henners

Published:  13 February, 2013

Boutinot has taken on the distribution of its first English wine producer Henners, for on-trade and independent merchants, on the back of its recent launch into the UK market.


Home Office criticised for leaving minimum pricing questions unanswered

Published:  04 February, 2013

The Wilson Drinks Report has criticised the Home Office for leaving a number of qustions unanswered prior to the consultation relating to the practicalities of implementing minimum unit pricing.


Bibendum boss slams minimum pricing plans

Published:  01 February, 2013

Michael Saunders has added his voice to the opposition to minimum unit pricing, even though it wouldn't have an immediate impact on Bibendum.


"Once the legislation is in place, what's to say it won't be £1 or £2 per unit in the future? I don't believe 45p will make any difference to the antisocial behaviour in town centres it's designed to address, so they'll start to raise the price," he warned.


"I have a slight philosophical belief that legislation isn't the way to change behaviour," he added.
Saunders pointed out that in Scotland alcohol volume sales fell at the same rate as English volume sales after the multibuy ban was introduced north of the border in October 2011. "It had absolutely no impact on consumption," he said.


Bibendum supports responsible drinking campaigns and Saunders said the 250ml serving was an "outrage", which also doesn't make sense from the serve point of view as the serving is too large for a glass of white wine to stay cold until the end.


Consultation on the 45p per unit minimum price proposed in the government's Alcohol Strategy in England and Wales closed yesterday.



Northern Restaurant & Bar Top 50 - call for entries

Published:  01 February, 2013

The Northern Restaurant & Bar show is calling for entries for its second annual NRB Top 50 awards, which recognises and honours 50 individuals from influential hospitality operators based in the north of England.


PLB strengthens on trade and independent division

Published:  31 January, 2013

PLB has made five appointments to its specialist division focused on the UK on-trade and independent sectors.

TextPLB has made five appointments to its specialist division focused on the UK on-trade and independent sectors.


Nico Kowalski has been appointed London sales manager and will be responsible for PLB's portfolio for restaurants and independent merchants in the region. Kowalski previously worked for Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero for four years as brand ambassador and spent eight years with Vinopols.

PLB's new wholesale manager Jim Gill has joined from Waverley TBS where he spent the last three years managing sales of the company's wine and beer brands to major UK buying groups. Before Waverley he spent two years as a national account manager for the Gaymer Cider Company and held a variety of sales roles at Coors. At PLB Gill will be responsible for wine delivered to the multiple on-trade, regional and national brewers and wholesale sectors.

As northern area manager, Loren Hardwick will promote PLB's specialist portfolio to the on-trade and independent merchants in the north of England. He joined PLB from Gaucho Restaurant in Leeds where he was a Sommelier and ran a number of consumer-facing activities at the restaurant.

Paul Roberts has joined as independent specialist manager in the south east and will be responsible for existing and new customers. He previously worked as business development manager for on-trade outlets at Waverley and was a senior store manager for Majestic Wine.


PLB's third recruit from Waverley is Jason Burton, who has joined as national account manager and will be responsible for the company's multiple national accounts. Before Waverley Burton held account manager roles at Matthew Clark and Heineken.


PLB's specialist division has a portfolio of 350 wines, the majority of which are exclusive to the on-trade and independent merchants.

The PLB Specialist Division is dedicated to sourcing and supplying the perfect offering - from entry-level price fighters to premium wines both classic and niche - to the UK On-Trade and Independent Merchants. The recently revised portfolio comprises around 350 wines from PLB's global network of suppliers, the majority of which are exclusive to these sectors.



NRB announces strongest chef line-up to date

Published:  25 January, 2013

The north's hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has announced its strongest line-up to date of chefs who will cook in the Chef Live theatre at its event in Manchester Central in March 2013.


English wine experts question need for regionality

Published:  25 January, 2013

Harpers hears from leading experts on English sparkling about whether establishing a cru-based identification system would help estates promote their wines better on an international stage.


Cellar Trends reports positive results from Drinkaware campaign

Published:  24 January, 2013

Drinks distributor Cellar Trends and alcohol education charity Drinkaware have reported positive results to its responsible drinking message campaign Why let good times go bad? which it held in 18 cities across England before Christmas.