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Japanese sake producers reflect on four years of recovery to mark earthquake anniversary

Published:  10 March, 2015

Four years since the earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc across Japan, Anna Greenhous looks at how sake producers, some of whom were wiped out at the time, have rebuilt their industry and how sake has become a symbol for regeneration and hope in the country.

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Invivo looks to raise close to £1m in first New Zealand wine crowdfunding venture

Published:  10 March, 2015

Invivo claims it will be the first New Zealand winery to launch an equity crowdfunding offer as it hopes to raise a maximum $2million NZD (just under £1 million) with the help of shareholders, including UK chat show host, Graham Norton, to spearhead its future growth.

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Villa Maria launches lighter alcohol wine range

Published:  10 March, 2015

New Zealand winery Villa Maria is set to launch a lower abv wine range into the UK off-trade.

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Artisan gin producers throw weight behind WSTA campaign

Published:  09 March, 2015

Artisan gin distillers have joined the Wine and Spirit Trade Association's campaign calling for a 2% cut in alcohol duty.

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Portuguese wine exports up 10% in UK says ViniPortugal

Published:  09 March, 2015

Portuguese wine exports to the UK rose 10% by volume in 2014, according to the latest figures from ViniPortugal. Values were also up 23%, it said.

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Spain and Argentina are the two big winners in the UK on-trade says new report

Published:  09 March, 2015

Spain and Argentina were the two big winners in the UK on-trade last year, according to the latest Wine On-Premise report from Wine Business Solutions.

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2015 London Wine Fair will be the "most diverse" ever promises show organisers

Published:  09 March, 2015

This year's London Wine Fair will be the most diverse in its 35 year history, according to show director Ross Carter.

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ProWein Preview: The Brits are coming!

Published:  09 March, 2015

Downtown Düsseldorf will be the place to be this March as ProWein opens its doors to hordes of international buyers - with the Brits increasingly first in the queue. Here is what you can expect for arguably the largest drinks tradeshow in the world.

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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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Bordeaux's last chance to transform "out of touch" en primeur system says Tim Atkin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Leading UK wine critic and Harpers columnist, Tim Atkin MW, has fired a warning shot across the bows of Bordeaux and warned its producers and chateaux that they need to listen to the international critricism of its en primeur system and make serious changes or risk looking "ridiculous" in the eyes of the wine world.

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South Africa's wild fires under control as wineries assess damage to vines

Published:  06 March, 2015

Cape Town, South Africa, which has been battling some of the worst wild fires the country has seen in over a decade, has now seen the blaze brought under control and wine authorities are starting to assess any potential vineyard damage.

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Indies must set the agenda with suppliers to be better buyers hears Harpers conference

Published:  06 March, 2015

It does not matter how good you are at tasting wine, if there is one skill every independent merchant must master it is the power to get the most out of the suppliers you choose to supply your wine.

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Mark Holdsworth, Half Hitch Gin, on breathing new life in to London gin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Camden Lock in north London was once the centre of the capital's gin production. Fifty years after the last distiller moved out, Mark Holdsworth is breathing new life into the area. He talks about craft gin and his plans for Half Hitch with Helen Arnold.

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UK vs France: the differences in marketing regulation of alcoholic drinks

Published:  06 March, 2015

If we think drinks legislation is inhibitive in the UK we only need look across the Channel to cheer ourselves. We asked Dr Tom Farrell and Dr Benoît Lecat which system is more fit for purpose in the 21st century.

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Mitchells & Butlers: what on-trade buyers are looking for from their suppliers

Published:  06 March, 2015

Former Somerfield wine buyer and restaurant consultant Angela Mount asks Henry Boyes, wine procurement manager for Mitchells & Butlers, what suppliers need to do to satisfy the largest on-trade group in the UK.

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Dan Jago was "never suspended" from the business says Tesco

Published:  05 March, 2015

Tesco has confirmed to Harpers.co.uk that Dan Jago, who is returning to the business on March 9, was never actually suspended from the company, but asked to "step aside".

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Origin Wine spearheads new campaign to get more wines bottled in South Africa

Published:  04 March, 2015

South Africa is set to increase its exports of bottled wine next year, following a change in the quota of duty free wine that is allowed to be exported to the EU as from 2016. In a campaign spearheaded by Origin Wines, one of South Africa's biggest exporters, other producers are being urged to switch to bottling to take advantage of the new allowances.

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Anivin announces its ambassador wines for 2015

Published:  03 March, 2015

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France Wines, has announced 112 'ambassador' wines for 2015.

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Harpers independents' poll reveals growing split between performance of UK wine merchants

Published:  03 March, 2015

There is a growing split between the scale, performance and growth of the country's independent wine merchants, according to an exclusive poll conducted for Harpers March for the Independents conference being held today in London.

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Les Dauphins hopes to promote niche areas of the Rhône to mass wine consumers

Published:  02 March, 2015

 

French wine brand, Les Dauphins, hopes to expand consumer's knowledge of the Rhône by launching three new wines promoting three local villages in the Côtes du Rhône region - Puyméras, Visan and St Maurice.

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