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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Laurie Webster, Las Bodegas

Published:  26 December, 2013

Laurie Webster, of Argentinian wine importer, Las Bodegas, is the latest member of the trade to give their good and bad memories of 2013 and their hopes and fears for 2014.

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Two Good, 2 Bad fo 2013, Hopes and Fears for 2014: Jerry Lockspeiser, Off Piste Wines

Published:  26 December, 2013

Settle in to Boxing Day in the capable hands of Jerry Lockspeiser of Off Piste Wines as he looks back on his good and bad memories of 2013 and his hopes and fears for 2014.

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, Hopes and Fears for 2014: Laurie Webster, Las Bodegas

Published:  26 December, 2013

Laurie Webster, of Argentinian wine importer, Las Bodegas, is the latest member of the trade to give their good and bad memories of 2013 and their hopes and fears for 2014.

2013

2 Good

  • Discovering the dare-devil wines of Matias Michelini and selling most of the first shipment before it arrived in the UK.
  • Partick Thistle rising like a knobbly-kneed pheonix into the SPL and playing beautiful football.

 2 Bad

  • Miserably inevitable duty rise.
  • The shipping times from Argentina are still painful at times.

 2014

Hopes

  • John Ratcliffe joining Accolade and helping to put some perspective back into the industry.
  • More exciting activity amongst independent retailers, incorporating good deli counters, good coffee and generally keeping us all alive.

Fears

  • Miserably inevitable duty rise.
  • Partick Thistle sinking like the proverbial stone into the Scottish 1st division.

 

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013 - Hopes and Fears for 2014: Andrew Bewes, Hallgarten Druitt

Published:  26 December, 2013

We asked key suppliers and producers to give their highs and lows for 2013 and their hopes and fears for the year ahead.

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Robin Copestick heads home and reflects on his Asian and Australia adventure

Published:  24 December, 2013

In his final account from travelling around Asia and Australia for the last couple of months, Robin Copestick, co-founder of Copestick Murray, reflects on his weeks on the road, what he has learnt and the lessons to be applied in 2014. 

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Robin Copestick, co-founder Copestick Murray

Published:  23 December, 2013

As we begin the Christmas week Harpers.co.uk has asked key figures in the trade to look back on 2013 and give their best and worst memories of the year as well as look ahead to their hopes and fears for 2014. You will be able to read a selection of 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 and 2 Hopes and 2 Fears for 2014 throughout this week and in to the New Year so please check your Harpers.co.uk to see who is appearing each day. First up is Robin Copesick co-founder of wine agency, Copestick Murray.

 

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2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Robin Copestick, Copestick Murray

Published:  23 December, 2013

As we begin the Christmas week Harpers.co.uk has asked key figures in the trade to look back on 2013 and give their best and worst memories of the year as well as look ahead to their hopes and fears for 2014. You will be able to read a selection of 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 and 2 Hopes and 2 Fears for 2014 throughout this week and in to the New Year so please check your Harpers.co.uk to see who is appearing each day. First up is Robin Copesick co-founder of wine agency, Copestick Murray.

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PLB takes on Bosman Family Vineyards to help drive its fine wine business

Published:  19 December, 2013

UK drinks importer PLB, has become distributor of South African premium Fairtrade producer Bosman Family Vineyards, as it continues to drive to reposition itself in the fine wine arena.

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Liberty Wines reports record sales as consumer confidence and spending grows

Published:  19 December, 2013

Liberty Wines, the national wine distributor, has reported record sales and is taking on more staff to cope with demand.

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Concha y Toro looks to new recruits to help drive its growth strategy

Published:  18 December, 2013

Concha y Toro UK is going on a recruitment drive to bring key new people in to the company following a strategic review of the business.

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Scrapping duty escalator will raise £230m and 6,000 jobs says WSTA's new Call Time on Duty campaign

Published:  18 December, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is today ramping up the pressure on the governement to scrap the alcohol duty esclator by claiming it would generate £230 million and create 6,000 jobs if it was dropped before the 2014 budget.

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Major buyers from all channels sign up to first Wine Buyers' Forum

Published:  17 December, 2013

Buyers that have signed up to the inaugural Wine Buyers' Forum to be held in Windsor next March have on average over £2 million worth of buying power each.

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Robin Copesitck's Asian and Australia adventure: down time in Sri Lanka

Published:  17 December, 2013

For obvious reasons I couldn't wait to get out of Australia and despite a long journey including a nine hour stop over I was delighted to arrive in Sri Lanka and not have everyone ask me if I was enjoying the cricket.

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?Pride of London: Sipsmith has brought a unique bond to the modern spirits drinker

Published:  12 December, 2013

Before the arrival of artisan distillery Sipsmith in 2009, the last copper still to be licensed in the capital was in 1823, just under 200 years ago.

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Northern Restaurant & Bar to expand by 20% in 2014

Published:  10 December, 2013

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Moreno Wines look to widen its range and offer more merchant exclusives

Published:  10 December, 2013

Moreno Wines, that has built its reputation on its Spanish wine portfolio, is looking to widen its appeal to the independent on and off-trades by sourcing more wines from other countries, particularly Italy.

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Global bulk wine prices for December released by Murphy Wine Company

Published:  10 December, 2013

Here is your one stop guide to the latest global bulk wine prices produced by bulk wine broker, Murphy Wine Company.

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Wine Business Solutions: UK On Premise Report 2013

Published:  09 December, 2013

Harpers.co.uk has linked up with the Wine Business Solutions to give you the chance to buy its 2013 report analysing the UK on-trade at a specially discounted rate of £299. Click on this link follow the details and a hard copy of the report will be sent to you by Express Post.

 

 

 

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Customs sets up wholesaler registration scheme in a bid to fight alcohol fraud

Published:  06 December, 2013

News that the government is to insist the drinks sector introduces a new registration scheme for wholesalers in a bid to curb alcohol fraud has been welcomed by trade leaders.

 

 

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Trinity Hill moves distribution to Liberty Wines

Published:  06 December, 2013

New Zealand winery, Trinity Hill, is moving its distribution in the UK from Enotria to Liberty Wines from January 1, 2014.

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