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Alliance Wine fed up with navel-gazing wine trade

Published:  15 January, 2014

Alliance Wine is fed up with the wine trade's "self flagellation" and is intent on injecting fun back into the industry with a host of tastings themed around food.

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Chris Porter to visit all 91 football league grounds to raise money for The Benevolent

Published:  13 January, 2014

Chris Porter, chairman of the drinks charity, The Benevolent, is to set out on a fundraising attempt to visit all 91 football league league by using a combination of train, tram and bike.

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Chilean winery Montes moves from PLB to Liberty

Published:  13 January, 2014
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?Let's finally Call Time On Duty: how to get involved

Published:  10 January, 2014

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is leading a new campaign, Call Time On Duty, aimed at persuading George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to scrap the duty escalator on wines and spirits. Here's how you, your business and your customers can get involved.

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?Harpers Awards 2014: How to enter and new awards categories

Published:  10 January, 2014

The Harpers Awards is your opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for all the hard work you do. With a host of categories across the industry and the on- and off-trade, here's how you can get involved

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Social media opens up advertising campaigns to smaller players, says leading agency

Published:  10 January, 2014

The growth in digital technology is changing the face of media advertising. More importantly, it is levelling the playing field for smaller businesses to make a real impact through innovative campaigns, according to a leading advertising executive.

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New premium Australian wine importer launches

Published:  07 January, 2014
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Champagne Taittinger appoints ex-Moet Hennessy executive to lead UK business

Published:  07 January, 2014
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British drinks producers back London Collections:Men

Published:  06 January, 2014
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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Mike Paul

Published:  01 January, 2014

Wine consultant, Mike Paul, looks back on his good and bad memories in 2013, whilst seeing in the new year by looking ahead to his hopes and fears for 2014. 

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Richard Evans, Dedicated Wines

Published:  30 December, 2013

Richard Evans of Dedicated Wines gives his 2 Good, 2 Bad memories of 2013 and looks ahead with his hopes and fears for 2014.

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013 - Hopes and Fears for 2014: Andrew Hawes, Mentzendorff

Published:  27 December, 2013
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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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