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How the late Rodney Densem put the north west on the map

Published:  25 November, 2013

Here we remember Rodney Densem, who sadly died in December, who last year spoke to Carol Emmas about his long career as an independent wine merchant and how his business, Rodney Densem Wines is evolving for the future. 


Independent Wine Crew joins forces to help each other run better businesses

Published:  25 November, 2013

Accolade revamps

Published:  09 October, 2013

Accolade Wines-owned - an online tool for wine retailers and on-trade outlets - has revamped its website to offer a user-friendly platform with more advice than ever.


From the Shop Floor: Katherine Canfield, Hangingditch

Published:  07 October, 2013

A tasting of 50 wines in under 50 minutes is just another day in the life of an independent wine merchant. Anyone working in this sector will agree that most days there is rarely an occasion for which three hours can be spared to leisurely taste and assess a range of wines. It is often an accomplishment to dedicate that amount of time to sleep.


Laithwaite's Wine expands buying team

Published:  20 September, 2013

Laithwaite's Wine has confirmed it is to take on two new buyers - Robin Langton and Davy Zyw - to complement its 10-strong buying team.


Noble Rot looks to continue publishing with crowd-sourcing investment scheme

Published:  17 September, 2013

Noble Rot, the off-beat consumer wine magazine that can boast members of the Beastie Boys and Coldplay as contributors, is looking for investors willing to help it raise money to continue publishing through the web-based crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter.


UK's best Spanish wine players celebrated in Harpers' Spanish Wine Awards

Published:  16 September, 2013

Waitrose, The Wine Society, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Camino Group and Matthew Clark were some of the stand out winners in Harpers inaugural Spanish Wine Awards to celebrate the best operators in the Spanish wine category in the UK.


Independent wine merchants to give their views on the latest trends

Published:  13 September, 2013

Ahead of this month's SITT Autumn, we asked leading independent wine merchants to give their views on the latest trends and what they will be on the lookout for at the event in London


Katherine Canfield: how wholesaling can tie merchants and restaurants together

Published:  29 August, 2013

In her second column looking at her new life as an independent merchant helping to run Hangingditch wine merchants in Manchester, Katherine Canfield looks at the complexities of also offering a wholesale service


Corks Out innovates with launch of Taste wine bar

Published:  19 August, 2013

Cheshire-based independent retailer Corks Out has launched a new-concept wine bar, Taste at Corks Out, in a bid to innovate on the back of crippling rent and rates on high street stores.


Independent Wine Crew: All for one! One for all!

Published:  16 August, 2013

To help provide professional, first-hand advice for independent retailers, Harpers has extended its Top Merchants programme to bring leading, award-winning multi-site operators together. Here's how its new initiative, the Independent Wine Crew, hopes to help the independent trade as a whole


Multi-site indies form new merchants' group

Published:  15 August, 2013

A leading group of multi-site independent wine merchants has teamed up with Harpers to set up a new networking group to not only help each other but offer advice and support to the rest of the independent trade.


Hayward Brothers and WWA to offer wider range

Published:  25 July, 2013

Hayward Brothers hopes its recent acquisition of fellow independent merchant distributor World Wine Agencies will help widen its collective reach among independent retailers and provide them with a greater selection of wines.


Katherine Canfield on starting life as an independent wine merchant

Published:  19 July, 2013

After nine months of research and PowerPoint presentations on issues surrounding wine retail - multiple vs. independent, expectations of the consumer, making not just a sale but an experience - I now find myself in the thick of it, though it was not the destination I initially envisioned when I decided to pursue a career in the wine industry.


Cambridge Wine Merchants in sustainability focus

Published:  09 July, 2013

Harpers' Best Top Merchant of the Year, Cambridge Wine Merchants, is celebrating its local Independent Retailer Month with a series of sustainability-themed events.


What does the future hold for independents?

Published:  22 May, 2013

We reveal the results of phase two of Harpers' Indies Uncovered project ? the most comprehensive survey of independent merchants to date.


Harpers Awards 2013 winners

Published:  21 May, 2013

The Harpers Awards 2013 took place in London last night and saw the great and the good of the trade turn out to celebrate the industry's successes of the past year.



Q&A: Mimi Avery, brand ambassador, Avery's

Published:  17 May, 2013

Newly appointed to the family business, Avery talks through the portfolio and tells Anne Krebiehl how she plans to...


Finalists announced for Harpers Awards 2013

Published:  24 April, 2013

The shortlist for the Harpers Awards 2013 can now be revealed.


My Choice: Greg Sherwood MW, Handford Wines

Published:  05 April, 2013

Seeing as I do 95% of the cooking at home, and I have recently developed a craving for risottos of all types, I've found that a lightly chilled bottle of Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gravonia Crianza Rioja Blanco 2003 goes down like a homesick mole.