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Isabelle Pangault, Foncalieu' s new winemaker, on opportunities for Languedoc-Rousssillon

Published:  18 November, 2014

Geoffrey Dean talks to Isabelle Pangault, winemaker and brand ambassador for Foncalieu, the leading Languedoc-Roussillon co-operative:

 

 

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Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse set for last Hospice de Beaune before handing over to first female manager

Published:  14 November, 2014

Burgundy winemaker, Roland Masse, will see his last vintage put up for auction at this weekend's Hospice de Beaune before he passes on the responsibility to Ludivine Griveau, the first woman to look after the domain in its history.

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Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse reflects on his last year as manager of Hospice de Beaune

Published:  14 November, 2014

The winemaker and manager of Domaine des Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, Roland Masse, 61, will complete his 15th and final vintage for the annual Hospices de Beaune auction this coming Sunday. Here he reflects on his career before handing over responsiblity to Ludivine Griveau who will become the first woman to manage the domain from January.

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Top wine brands choose Vente Privee as new route to market

Published:  13 November, 2014

Top name wine producers are using flash sales site Vente Privée to attract new consumers to their brands in the UK.

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Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty on what it is really like to be a winemaker

Published:  11 November, 2014

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering his high standing in the world of advertising, and the vociferous views on wine marketing which he expressed in last month's Harper's, Sir John Hegarty intends his 37 acre vineyard, located amid woodland and spontaneously sprouting herbs by Minervois' Montaigne Noire, to be a brave venture.

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Bordeaux's fine wine market ripe for recovery, says Liv-ex chief

Published:  11 November, 2014

Four years of falling prices have brought the Bordeaux market to its "lowest ebb since the early 1970s", meaning now is a good time to enter the market.

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Bordeaux Buyers Roundtable: What leading on and off-trade players are looking for from Bordeaux

Published:  11 November, 2014

In light of its new global advertising campaign, launched last month, which looks to reposition Bordeaux as a region producing wines for all tastes and occasions, several leading buyers and consultants come together to truly assess Bordeaux's position in the UK trade.

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Les Dauphins looks to raise money for BBC Children in Need

Published:  10 November, 2014

Les Dauphins, the French wine brand, is linking up with the BBC Good Food Show to help raise money for the BBC Children in Need appeal at this weekend's event.

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France Summit Debate: UK trade leaders on how to get the most out of France

Published:  10 November, 2014

Harpers.co.uk talks with leaders of the trade at France Summit 2014 to see how France is working for them and how they are making the most of their French wine offerings.

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French wine should be more ambitious in UK

Published:  07 November, 2014

French wine needs to be a "bit more ambitious" in the UK, according to a host of leading figures at last month's France Summit.

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France Summit Report: How France is performing globally and online

Published:  07 November, 2014

Tim Wilson of the Wilson Drinks Report, Anne Burchett of Sopexa and Jon Rebuck of Winesdirect offer their insights and views on the latest trends surrounding French wines in the on and off-trades at France Summit 2014.

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Gerard Basset, Hal Wilson and Kathrine Larsen lead France Summit masterclasses

Published:  07 November, 2014

Hal Wilson co-owner of Cambridge Wine Merchants, Gerard Basset and UK Sommelier of the year 2014 Kathrine Larsen led masterclasses at last month's Harpers France Summit that looked at trends and what sort of wines were appropriate for the independent wine merchant and premium on-trade sectors. 

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France Summit Report: Are French producers adapting to the UK consumer?

Published:  07 November, 2014

How well is the French wine industry adapting to suit the needs of the UK trade and consumer? That was the question posed to some of the UK's leading French importers, on-trade operators and producers themselves at Harpers' second annual France Summit.

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Naked Wines' angels recruit top Champagne maker JP Moulin

Published:  04 November, 2014

Naked Wines' angels have raised £500,000 to allow Jean Phillippe Moulin, former Ruinart, Mumm and Baron de Rothschild winemaker, to launch his own Champagne line.

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Armagnac Academies expands to China

Published:  29 October, 2014

French brandy Armagnac is setting its sights on China with the launch of its Armagnac Acadamies there later this month. 

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OIV confirms France as world's top wine producing country

Published:  27 October, 2014

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine has confirmed France is once again the world's biggest wine producing country, knocking Italy out of the top spot.

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Burgundy's School of Wine & Spirits Business enrolment rises 30%

Published:  27 October, 2014

Burgundy School of Business's recently launched School of Wine & Spirits Business (SWBS) saw the number of students rise by 30% to nearly 140 students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Chief of the Week: Anne Burchett, managing director, Sopexa UK

Published:  24 October, 2014

As we have put such a focus on French wines this week with the France Summit it is only fitting that our Chief of the Week is none other than Anne Burchett, managing director of Sopexa UK, who won the Harpers Special Achievement Award at our French Wine Awards.

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Master sommeliers Gerard Basset and Kathrine Larsen flag French wine potential in on-trade

Published:  23 October, 2014

Top sommeliers Gerard Basset and Kathrine Larsen say the on-trade needs to trust staff, not be afraid to have a French wine as the house offering, and tell compelling stories in order to boost sales in the category. 

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Vin de France has driven 'important growth' for French wine

Published:  22 October, 2014

The creation of the Vin de France category has driven "important growth" in French wine exports as well as acceptance among younger consumers, Harpers France Summit heard.

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