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Leading suppliers take the initiative to promote Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  16 October, 2014

 

Leading suppliers to the independent merchant sector are working with Harpers to promote the steps they are taking to improve their level of service and offer to independent retailers across the country.

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US and European wine regions step up campaign to protect online wine names

Published:  16 October, 2014

American winemakers were joined by their counterparts from Champagne at a conference on deregulating internet domain names in an effort to boost awareness of how weaker controls would negatively impact the wine business.

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RumFest attracts industry's biggest names to London's two day event

Published:  16 October, 2014

 

Last weekend's RumFest event in London saw rum fans from across the UK join some of the industry's biggest names in a two day celebration of all things rum.

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Bordeaux to launch first global marketing campaign to address falling sales

Published:  16 October, 2014

The Conseil Interprofessionel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) is launching its first global marketing campaign to help counter falls in sales by both volume and value. Its seven priority markets - China, USA, UK, Japan, Germany,  Belgium and France - will soon be flooded with new atmospheric images drawn up by leading British advertising agency, Isobel.

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Advocaat brand Warninks launches new liqueur

Published:  15 October, 2014
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Xavier Gramona: why he is committed to Cava and putting quality first

Published:  15 October, 2014

Established in 1921 at the heart of Cava's homeland in Sant Sadurni D'Anoia, Gramona has long held the status of the region's finest sparkling winemaker. Driven by the belief that top class Cava - both in price and quality - can compete with world class Champagne, Gramona practices extended lees ageing for its wines, in contrast to the industry norms. The house also now closely observes the Champagneois culture of late disgorgement, having released a Bollinger-esq R.D 14 year old Cava at €125 a bottle this year.

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English wine industry reaches 'historic turning point'

Published:  14 October, 2014

The English wine industry has reached an "historic turning point" says the head of one of the country's most-respected estates.

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CWF boosts Prosecco range with Casa Gheller rose

Published:  14 October, 2014

Yorkshire importer and manufacturer CWF has added a rosé Prosecco from Casa Gheller winery to its range, as the UK's thirst for sparkling wine continues.

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Portuguese wine exports to UK up 10%, says ViniPortugal

Published:  14 October, 2014

Portuguese wine exports to the UK have risen 10% by volume in the first six months of 2014, compared to last year.

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The Glenrothes releases Vintage Reserve whisky

Published:  13 October, 2014

Vintage Reserve is the latest single malt release from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes, distributed by Berry Bros & Rudd.

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Total global wine production for 2014 could be down by 4%, says Rabobank

Published:  10 October, 2014

Total global wine production could drop by up to 4%, according to Rabobank's latest Wine Quarterly report.

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Broadland releases chocolate-flavoured British red wine

Published:  10 October, 2014

Broadland wineries is releasing a chocolate-flavoured British red wine to be known as Chocolate Drop, which has already secured a Sainsbury's listing.

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M&S teams up with top Plumpton student to make pink English fizz

Published:  10 October, 2014

Marks & Spencer is to produce a new style of pink sparkling wine along with England's Plumpton College's top final year wine production student Karen Telford.

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Ataraxia's Kevin Grant on why terroir is now central to South African winemaking

Published:  10 October, 2014

"It's been a long time coming, and if fear were the basis on which decisions were made, then Ataraxia would never have been born," says South African winemaker, Kevin Grant of his latest, patiently-maturing winemaking venture.

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Wine Australia to host a celebration to mark the life of Yvonne May

Published:  09 October, 2014

Wine Australia is to hold a special event to celebrate the life of Yvonne May who headed up the UK office before she lost her battle with cancer this summer.

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Last chance to win Rising Stars place at Wine Vision

Published:  09 October, 2014

Emerging talents in the wine trade have the chance to attend this month's world leaders' conference, Wine Vision, by winning a special grant as part of Harpers Rising Stars initiative.

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Smaller format bag-in-box wines lead revival in category

Published:  09 October, 2014

Bag-in-box is due a revival, with smaller formats leading the way, according to figures from Nielsen which show the 2.25 litre box has grown 8.7% by volume in the past year.

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Discounters are most "disruptive" force in retailing in 20 years say grocery and drinks chiefs

Published:  09 October, 2014

A poll of top-level food, drink and grocery executives at this week's IGD Convention reveals the rise of the discounters is the most "disruptive" influence on the grocery sector in the last 20 years.

 

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Winemakers label English harvest 'vintage of dreams'

Published:  09 October, 2014

This year's English harvest is being labelled the "vintage of dreams" and "best ever" by winemakers, many of whom have finished picking ahead of schedule.

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Independents and suppliers question big players that have not signed Harpers Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  08 October, 2014

There is growing frustration amongst both independents and suppliers that have signed up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines over those companies, particularly the large national distributors,  that have not done so.

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