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Portugal is the most underrated wine country, according to exclusive Harpers poll

Published:  13 May, 2015

Last month harpers.co.uk conducted an exclusive survey to find the most overrated and underrated wine producing regions in world and the results revealed that Portugal was the most underrated, while Bordeaux was voted the most overrated.

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Justin Keay discovers some unknown suprises at last month's Go West tasting

Published:  14 April, 2015

Justin Keay weighs in on last month's Go West tasting and overwhelmingly urges the trade to 'Go West, young man!"

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Bacardi grows its American and Scotch whisky portfolio through acquisition

Published:  01 April, 2015

Bacardi Limited has made two major moves into the whisky category this week with the acquisition of American bourbon brand Angel's Envy and the purchase of a stake in the Compass Box Whisky Co.

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Wine technology company VinTank bought by W20 Group

Published:  31 March, 2015

VinTank, the US technology company that helps wine companies manage their social media presence, has been purchased by San-Francisco-based digital communications agency, W2O Group.

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Country analysis: Californian wines hit the jackpot in the UK

Published:  08 March, 2015

It seems California wines have struck gold in the UK in recent years, as the value of US wine exports has exponentially grown within the global wine market, despite volumes staying relatively stable, writes Erin Smith

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E&J Gallo to psychoanalyse tweets of Apothic Red drinkers

Published:  19 February, 2015

E&J Gallo is ramping up its marketing activity for its Apothic Red wine brand by aiming to psychoanalyse consumers on social media after seeing UK sales double in 2014.

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Wine shipments face delays as California port dispute escalates

Published:  12 February, 2015

Wine shipments in and out of California face further delays as the labour dispute between port workers and their employers steps up a gear with vessel operations suspended over the upcoming long weekend.

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Flint Wines takes on Tim Mondavi's Napa estate Continuum

Published:  11 February, 2015

Flint Wines has expanded its US wine selection by becoming the exclusive UK agent for Tim Mondavi's Napa estate, Continuum.

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California's 2014 grape crush shows 'healthy decline' but won't stop bulk prices sliding

Published:  11 February, 2015

California's grape crush for 2014 hit 3.91 million tonnes, showing a "healthy decline" of 340,000 tonnes on the previous year, however the "ample inventories" of 2012 and 2013 means finding buyers for wine will be a challenge.

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US 'most attractive' market for premium wine producers, says Rabobank

Published:  09 February, 2015

The United States is the "most attractive major market" for producers targeting premium wine sales, says the latest report from Rabobank.

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California's bumper 2014 harvest means overstock on bulk wine, broker warns

Published:  09 February, 2015

California produced a "shed-load" of wine - 4 million tonnes - in the chronic drought conditions of 2014, which will lead to an inventory surplus, a top bulk broker has warned.

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US wine shipments threatened as ports gridlock ahead of possible shutdown

Published:  06 February, 2015

US ports are currently facing gridlock traffic as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association which represents shipping lines has failed to reach an agreement in contract negations with an impending shut down only days away.

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Matthew Gaughan assesses how far California has come in adapting Zinfandel for all tastes

Published:  30 January, 2015

 

The last weekend of January saw California's great wine city San Francisco celebrate the state's iconic grape, Zinfandel. The Zinfandel Experience, held at the Presidio, and organised by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), is an annual event designed to raise awareness and appreciation of this often misunderstood and easily maligned grape. Over 3,000 consumers attended the event, celebrating its 24th consecutive year.

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USA to be 'star of the global economy for 2015' says Euromonitor

Published:  26 January, 2015

Euromonitor's global economic outlook for 2015 forecasts the US economy will see the largest growth in real GDP and a strengthening currency, and should be the best performing advanced economy this year.

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US wine industry facing 'unprecedented' third large harvest, says SVB

Published:  22 January, 2015

Silicon Valley Bank is forecasting an "unprecedented" third large harvest in a row for the US, and that 2015 will be the "breakout" year for fine wine, which will grow 14 to 18%.

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Sake set to finally make its mark in the UK in 2015

Published:  07 January, 2015

 

 

After a breakthrough year in 2014 which saw sake appear in some of the hottest wine lists in the country, including the Chiltern Firehouse, sake experts believe the UK is set to follow the US and Japan and become far more widely distributed across both the on and off-trades.

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Harpers.co.uk's 10 most popular stories of 2014

Published:  23 December, 2014

The most popular stories on Harpers.co.uk throughout 2014 cover everything from TescoGate to Bordeaux 2013 to BrewDog and Bibendum PLB.

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Treasury Wine Estates to slim down branded portfolio

Published:  16 December, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates is focusing its investment on 15 global umbrella brands, 20 international brands, and 20 local brands, out of its 80-strong portfolio.

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Matthew Gaughan on what the UK can learn from the rise of craft beers in the US

Published:  16 December, 2014

As in the UK, the beer scene in the US has been transformed over the last 20 years. As mainstream lagers have got blander and colder, craft breweries have sprung up around the country to be greeted by an enthusiastic and increasingly knowledgeable set of drinkers.

 

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ProWein predicts biggest growth opportunities in the USA and Asia

Published:  01 December, 2014

Global wine trade show Prowein is forecasting stable world demand for wines in 2015 and sees North America and Asia as the largest markets for growth in the coming year.

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