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Q&A with Guillaume Deglise, chief executive, Vinexpo

Published:  29 January, 2014

Richard Siddle talks to the new chief executive of Vinexpo about his plans for the Bordeaux event and how he has found moving over to a show organiser from the Champagne sector.

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Q&A with Michel Issaly, president of the Association of Independent Winegrowers of France

Published:  29 January, 2014

Michael Issaly, winegrower of Domaine de la Ramaye in Gaillac, explains his role as president of the Association of Independent Winegrowers ahead of its tasting in London on February 6.

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France's Maison Sichel celebrates bumper year with sales up 6%

Published:  29 January, 2014
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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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Wendy Narby on why Bordeaux's 'La Place' system looks as strong as ever

Published:  27 January, 2014

In the latest of our series of "AWEsome tales" from members of the Association of Wine Educators, Wendy Narby examines the advantages and disadvantages of how Bordeaux wines are sold through its "La Place" system.

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US merchants call for lower prices in Bordeaux 2013 en primeur campaign

Published:  27 January, 2014

As the trade gets ready for the annual 2013 en primeur tastings an increasing number of leading wine merchants  around the world are calling for lower prices in this year's campaign, including key players in the United States.

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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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Final Call: Should 2013 Bordeaux en primeur be cancelled?

Published:  24 January, 2014

Some leading figures in the UK wine trade have called for the cancellation of the 2013 Bordeaux en primeur campaign, but is it just a select number of critics or a vast majority of buyers?

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David Siddle on why winemakers should fall back in love with goats

Published:  22 January, 2014

Goats have long been seen as the enemies of viticulture and of woodland management as a whole in the regions of Mediterranean climate. Difficult to manage and agile enough to climb steep hillsides or leap terraces they could reach the tallest growths. Left to their own devices a flock of omnivorous goats could wreck a vineyard in no time at all. Their reputation could not have been lower.

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Natasha Hughes on the intricacies of changing appellation names in the Rhône

Published:  21 January, 2014

One of the most frequently cited Shakespearian quotes suggests that: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet". In the clear light of day, however, this is a proposition that simply does not hold up. Would you, for instance, eat in a restaurant called 'The Rubbish Dump' or buy a house in an area known as 'Price Tank Town'? Nope, thought not.

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French wines set for success with advent of sophisticated consumers

Published:  21 January, 2014
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?Liv-ex launches the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 index

Published:  20 January, 2014
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Olivier Krug talks to Giles Falllowfield about ID codes and keeping "Krugists" happy

Published:  17 January, 2014

I know his travel schedules are hectic but four continents in the space of one week seems excessive, even for him. In London, partly to see the pop-up Krug Kreperie in Covent Garden central market run in conjunction with Pierre Koffman, Olivier Krug is on a similarly lightening trip here after recent spells in Australia, Singapore, Canada and the USA. "I prefer quick visits where I can see lots of people in a short time as this means fewer days away from Champagne," says Krug.

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  17 January, 2014
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Should there be a Bordeaux 2013 en primeur campaign? Have your say...

Published:  17 January, 2014

Both critics and producers took to Twitter and social media yesterday to defend their stance of whether or not the Bordeaux 2013 en premieur campaign should in fact be held this year and if it was would they attend. Here we look at industry opinion and give you the chance to have your say in our Harpers.co.uk poll. 

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Bordeaux 2013 en primeur could shake up wine industry

Published:  16 January, 2014

Bordeaux's 2013 en primeur campaign may well be a "damp squib" thanks to a poor vintage and lack of interest from top journalists, but it could shake-up the trade and consumers.

While some critics are calling for the campaign to be called off, the Bordelais are imploring the trade and media to give the wines a chance, and merchants believe a bad campaign could revitalise the industry.

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Younger consumers key to exploring French wines' diversity

Published:  15 January, 2014

Younger consumers are vital to drive sales of lesser-known French wines, said experts at the French Wine Discovery Tasting.

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Exploration among younger generations is key to showing French Wines diversity

Published:  15 January, 2014

The 12th annual French Wine Discovery Tasting, which showcased over 120 exhibitors, was held at the Tobacco Dock yesterday on January 14th, 2014.

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Third year of decline for fine wine leads to 'healthier' position

Published:  08 January, 2014
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Panos Kakaviatos explores the world of Dom Pérignon

Published:  07 January, 2014

Champagne may be great to drink anytime, but it is good to know that one need not spend too much on a fine bottle. During a Paris salon earlier this month, I tasted through some lovely bottles of moderately priced non-vintage Champagnes, including Drappier, Piper Heidsieck and Larmandier-Bernier. These and others provide well balanced aromas and flavours of citrus, brioche and a full bodied character, complemented with fine bubbles and freshness.

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