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Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty on what it is really like to be a winemaker

Published:  11 November, 2014

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering his high standing in the world of advertising, and the vociferous views on wine marketing which he expressed in last month's Harper's, Sir John Hegarty intends his 37 acre vineyard, located amid woodland and spontaneously sprouting herbs by Minervois' Montaigne Noire, to be a brave venture.

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Bordeaux Buyers Roundtable: What leading on and off-trade players are looking for from Bordeaux

Published:  11 November, 2014

In light of its new global advertising campaign, launched last month, which looks to reposition Bordeaux as a region producing wines for all tastes and occasions, several leading buyers and consultants come together to truly assess Bordeaux's position in the UK trade.

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Ten things you need to know about Bibendum PLB

Published:  11 November, 2014

It's been billed as one of the biggest deals of the century, but what do you need to know about the Bibendum takeover of PLB and what it means for the trade?

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TescoGate: UK investors could join US shareholders and fire legal action against senior chiefs

Published:  10 November, 2014

Tesco UK and European investors could join US shareholders in taking legal action against the beleaguered retail chain in the wake of its £263 million overstatement of profits.

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Les Dauphins looks to raise money for BBC Children in Need

Published:  10 November, 2014

Les Dauphins, the French wine brand, is linking up with the BBC Good Food Show to help raise money for the BBC Children in Need appeal at this weekend's event.

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Diageo's bet on Don Julio Tequila applauded by analysts

Published:  10 November, 2014

Last week Diageo announced it agreed to acquire Don Julio Tequila in exchange for its Bushmills Irish whiskey brand with Jose Cuervo in a move that has been widely applauded by analysts.

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French wine should be more ambitious in UK

Published:  07 November, 2014

French wine needs to be a "bit more ambitious" in the UK, according to a host of leading figures at last month's France Summit.

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Chiefs of the week: Harpers Rising Stars for Wine Vision

Published:  07 November, 2014

We don't just have one Chief of the Week for you this time round, but eight. Yes the eight stand out winners who we have selected to receive the Harpers Rising Stars Grant to attend this month's Wine Vision conference in London.

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Suppliers and indpendents unite for Best Practice debate

Published:  07 November, 2014

To help independents and suppliers work together more effectively Harpers hosted an open trade debate to see the difference the Best Practice Guidelines are having on day-to-day business.

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Harpers recruits Rising Stars to attend Wine Vision 2014

Published:  07 November, 2014

Harpers is giving emerging talent in the global wine industry the chance to attend this month's Wine Vision event in London. Here are the winners of our Rising Stars Grants that will be attending this year's conference

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Drinks firms hit voluntary labelling target

Published:  06 November, 2014

UK drinks companies have delivered on a voluntary pledge to improve health labelling on alcohol products on shelf by making sure 80% of products carry extra information.

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Michel Rolland and Tesco's Laura Jewell sign up for Wine Vision

Published:  05 November, 2014

World leading wine consultant, Michel Rollland, and Tesco's Laura Jewell MW are the two latest big names to sign up to the Wine Vision event taking place in London later this month.

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Naked Wines urges suppliers angered by Majestic's funding request to switch supply to them

Published:  04 November, 2014

Naked Wines is offering any Majestic supplier angered at being asked to pay an extra 4p on every bottle sold to help fund its new warehouse, to switch supply to itself where it will promise the price agreed will be the price paid.

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Google chief: social media gives wine the chance to shine

Published:  04 November, 2014

Social media platforms like YouTube give the wine industry the chance to connect directly with consumers in a way traditional media channels such as TV and newspapers have always denied them, according to Google's Hamish Nicklin.

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Jancis Robinson tells DWCC we need to make the most of this "golden age" of wine

Published:  03 November, 2014

We are living in a "golden age" of wine and we need to make the most of it before it is taken over by bureaucracy and censorship was the personal plea of Jancis Robinson MW at this weekend's  Digital Wine Communications Conference in Montreux, Switzerland.

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Digital technology is a 'disruptive' force for the wine trade hears DWCC

Published:  03 November, 2014

Technology is having a 'disruptive' effect on how wine businesses are run delegates at the Digital Wine Communications Conference heard this weekend in Montreux, Switzerland. 

 

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Caroline Gilby MW uncovers Cyprus's burgeoning wine industry

Published:  03 November, 2014

Sun, sea and sand are not factors normally associated with quality wine production, but once you leave the high-rise hotels and holiday villas of the coast, inland Cyprus is a fascinating ancient wine landscape, discovers Caroline Gilby MW.

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Wine bloggers risk becoming "dinosaurs" unless they become more professional hears DWCC

Published:  01 November, 2014

Wine bloggers and communicators need to raise their game and become more professional or risk becoming "dinosaurs" and out of touch not only with the wine trade but with the consumers they are trying to talk to.

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Coravin founder tells DWCC how he turned near disaster into a PR success

Published:  31 October, 2014

To create something genuinely different in any market you need to try and satisfy an "unmet need"  that "makes people's lives better" in that sector, according to Greg Lambrecht, founder and inventor of the Coravin wine preservation system.

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Jancis Robinson leads roll call of wine personalities at DWCC in Montreux

Published:  31 October, 2014

Jancis Robinson MW leads an international line up of leading wine figures that have descended on Montreux, on the bank of Lake Geneva, for this year's Digital Wine Communications Conference.

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