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Wine Vision's leader view: Simon McMurtrie, Direct Wines

Published:  19 November, 2013

"People focus more on enjoying life when they get older. Wine is part of that and if there are more people getting older, more people will be drinking wine"

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Wine Vision Live News Blog: Paul Schaafsma's vision for wine brand building

Published:  18 November, 2013

6pm: The key to building successful wine brands comes down to understanding category data, consumer behaviour and empowering your staff to make decisions and work more effectivley with the with their key trade customers, according to the UK head of Accolade Wines, Paul Schaafsma, speaking at today's Wine Vision global wine conference.

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Social media is not just marketing it is a way to do business hears Wine Vision

Published:  18 November, 2013

5pm: If wine brands are going to get anywhere near the consumer impact of a Nike or an Apple then they need to understand that being social is not just not about marketing it is the new way of doing business, according to advertising executive Stephen Woodord of Lexis agency at today's Wine Visionglobal wine conference in London.

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Robin Copestick's Asian and Australian adventure. Week One...

Published:  18 November, 2013

In the first of a series of blogs from his travels around South East Asia, Australia and Sri Lanka over the next six weeks, exploring the wine markets and opportunities for his own wines, Robin Copestick, co-founder of Copestick Murray, reports in from Shanghai

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Biercraft brings craft beers to independent on- and off-trade

Published:  15 November, 2013

Biercraft is a new drinks distributor that hopes to offer independent wine merchants and premium restaurants the same level of service they are used to receiving from specialist wine suppliers - but for the emerging craft-beer sector.

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Stronger supplier relations are key to tackling global wine shortage says Virgin Wines

Published:  01 November, 2013

If the global wine market is to cope with the on-going issue of consumer demand outstripping wine supply it has to focus on building stronger trade relations between buyers and producers, according to Andrew Baker, head wine buyer for Virgin Wines, the major UK wine retailer, comments on the UK market.

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EWGA announces double-digit distribution growth for Bodega Riojanas

Published:  28 October, 2013

Lancashire-based independent wholesaler EWGA, has announced a 40% increase in distribution for its brand Bodega Riojanas since it took over from Boutinot earlier in the year.

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Invararity Morton sets sights on England in Forth Wines acquisition

Published:  24 October, 2013

Scotland's Invararity Morton has acquired Forth Wines for an undisclosed seven-figure sum and hopes to expand the business's reach south of the border.

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Bon Coeur marks 20 years with portfolio expansion

Published:  22 October, 2013

North Yorkshire independent wholesaler Bon Coeur Fine Wines has launched its largest portfolio to date on the back of its 20-year trading anniversary.

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Richard Evans completes his sailing race to Rio to raise money for prostate cancer

Published:  16 October, 2013

Richard Evans of Dedicated Wines has helped his team finish fourth in the first leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race sailing race between Southampton and Rio de Janiero as part of an initiative to help raise awareness of prostate cancer.

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Liberty Wines announces winner of 2013 Apprentice programme

Published:  04 October, 2013

Joanna Black is the latest winner of the annual Liberty Wines Apprentice programme that looks to bring in new talent to the company.

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Luciann Flynn, director, Liberty Wines Apprentice Programme

Published:  04 October, 2013

We talk to Luciann Flynn about the Liberty Wines Apprentice Programme that looks to offer talented people the chance to further their careers in the wine trade with a two year apprenticeship at the company. It has just announced that Joanna Black of the restaurant, Riverstation, in Bristol is the seventh winner of the scheme.

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Morrisons wants to increase wine sales by £100m

Published:  04 October, 2013

Morrisons claims it has a minimum extra £100 million in sales to be gained from the wine category alone if it maximises its full potential, according to Steve Mosey, trading director for beers, wines and spirits.

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Fair spirits company brings Belize rum to the UK

Published:  03 October, 2013

The Fair spirits company has brought its premium rum to the UK, following success in France.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: let's show consumers the true cost of a bottle of wine

Published:  02 October, 2013

Jonathan Cahill's recent opinion piece about wine value, duty and consumer perception got me thinking. The central point of Jonathan's piece is that because alcohol duty is fixed it takes up a much bigger percentage of the retail price when the wine is cheap than when it is more expensive. Ergo we should be telling consumers that the higher the price they pay for a bottle of wine the more their money is buying wine rather than tax, so the better the value, and exponentially so.

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Q&A: Diego Somoza and Esperanza Asencio, Iberiandrinks

Published:  30 September, 2013

With an expanding portfolio, Iberiandrinks is intent on conquering all corners of the UK. Patricia Langton talks to its founders, Diego Somoza and Esperanza Asencio.

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John Osborne to take control of PLB in the new year

Published:  30 September, 2013

John Osborne, sales director at wine agency PLB, is to take over as the company's new managing director in January when Peter Darbyshire steps down.

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Alliance Wine looks to bring new life to the traditional wine tasting

Published:  26 September, 2013

Scottish-based wine distributor Alliance Wine was the latest wine company to host a different style of tasting this week with a Latin-themed event in Glasgow complete with music, food and tango dancers.

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Enotria looks to drive its by-the-glass initiative with new winter selection

Published:  19 September, 2013

Enotria's 'Discover' campaign that aims to encourage the on-trade to increase its by the glass offering is seeing "significant" growth, according to its on-trade sales director, Fraser McGuire.

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Last chance to enter Harpers' French Wine Awards

Published:  18 September, 2013

This week is the last chance for companies and indviduals to nominate themselves or other organisations to be considered in the inaugural Harpers French Wine Awards that look to recognise the best retailers, restaurants, suppliers, distributors  and ambassadors for the French wine category in the UK over the last 12 months.

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