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France study tour: Les Grands Chais de France

Published:  05 September, 2014

French wine is the lifeblood of a good independent business. But as the five top merchants who joined Harpers on a recent tour with Les Grands Chais de France discovered, there is still much to learn, even for the most experienced retailer. Richard Siddle reports

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How Berlin Tastings Series put Chilean wine on the map

Published:  05 September, 2014

Eduardo Chadwick's pioneering Berlin Series Tastings have helped change global perception of Chilean wine in their 10-year run. Andrew Catchpole, who was at the seminal first event, assesses their impact

 

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How Oddbins has defied its critics to bounce back to winning ways

Published:  05 September, 2014

In three years Oddbins has risen from death's door to win IWC High Street Retailer of the Year. Gemma McKenna meets Ayo Akintola, its Renaissance Man

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Majestic's leading wine buyers set out their strategy and needs from suppliers

Published:  05 September, 2014

In the second of her series of 'Buyer to Buyer' interviews, former Somerfield head wine buyer, Angela Mount, talks to Matt Pym and Chris Hardy of Majestic Wines about their buying strategy and what they are looking for from their suppliers.

 

 

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Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  05 September, 2014

 

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers' publishers, William Reed Business Media.

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Argentina bucks economic difficulties to compete on international stage

Published:  05 September, 2014

Despite the domestic economic challenges Argentinian producers are facing, UK consumers still can't get enough of their wines. Ahead of the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting Erin Smith analyses the category

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Second Emerging Regions Tasting kicks off the 'Tasting Season'

Published:  04 September, 2014

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Paying suppliers late now seen as normal business practice says MasterCard study

Published:  04 September, 2014

Paying suppliers late is now seen as part of normal business practice by many international companies, according to a new study.

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Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty to be star turn at WSTA conference

Published:  04 September, 2014

Advertising guru turned wine producer, St John Hegarty, is to give the keynote talk at this month's Wine & Spirit Trade Association annual conference.

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Vinexpo strengthens management team ahead of 2015 Bordeaux show

Published:  04 September, 2014

Vinexpo has strengthened its management team ahead of next year's exhibition in Bordeaux with two new directors joining the team.

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Australian winemakers to join Negociants on tour of UK independents

Published:  04 September, 2014

Negociants UK will be hitting the road later this month  as part of a nationwide tour of tastings focused on the independent and on-trade. 

 

 

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Drinks wholesalers face stiff "penalties" for not registering with HMRC

Published:  03 September, 2014

 

All wholesalers that sell alcohol will have to register with the HMRC by 2017 under new rules set to be introduced early next year.

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Pernod Ricard still 'extremely optimistic' about China despite 23% drop

Published:  03 September, 2014

Despite taking a 23% hit in China, according to Pernod Ricard's year-end financial results, the company is still "extremely optimistic" about the potential of the Chinese market moving forward.

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Berry Bros & Rudd takes on Sweden's Karlsson's Gold Vodka

Published:  02 September, 2014

The Swedish premium vodka, Karlsson's Gold Vodka, is the latest addition to Berry Bros & Rudd's growing spirtis portfoliio.

 

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South Africa's Bosman Family Vineyards produces first "orange" wine

Published:  02 September, 2014

Bosman Family Vineyards, the South African Fairtrade producer, has produced an "orange wine" to showcase its natural winemaking practices.

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Georg Riedel on Riedel's new Veritas range and working with Coca-Cola

Published:  02 September, 2014

Founded in 1756 by Johann Cristoph Riedel, the Riedel name is today synonymous with high-quality glassware; loved by the trade and consumers alike. With an impressive track-record of product innovation and savvy marketing, Riedel's market breakthrough arguably came in 1979, when the firm opened a subsidiary in the US. Having collaborated with such iconic winemakers as Robert Mondavi, Angelo Gaja, and more recently soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola, Riedel is clearly not an old-world wine snob. The brand is coming to London's Vinopolis this month, to showcase the new Veritas glassware range. James Lawrence asks Georg Riedel what we can expect:

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Napa wineries can learn lessons from Chile following earthquake

Published:  29 August, 2014

Napa wineries should take stock of damage following last week's 6.1 earthquake and consider upgrading facilities, as Chilean winemakers did following its 2010 tremblor.

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Wine trade identifies major opportunities for 2014

Published:  29 August, 2014

The relaunch of the 3 for £10 mechanic; a major crisis in the Spanish bulk wine industry and the growing prominence of fruit-flavoured wines were all chosen as major stories of the year to date by some of the wine trade's top names.

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Back to School: Anya Robson of Murphy Wine Company

Published:  29 August, 2014

As part of our ongoing Back to School series, Anya Robson of bulk wine broker Murphy Wine Company reckons Spain's bulk industry is in crisis and tips South African rosé as one to watch.

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Back to School: Felix Solis UK MD Richard Cochrane

Published:  29 August, 2014

Felix Solis UK managing director Richard Cochrane says the end and restart of the 3 for £10 mechanic was a landmark for the UK wine trade, and reckons further consolidation is on the cards. 

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