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Gérard Bertrand signs up with Hallgarten Druitt

Published:  08 February, 2013

Hallgarten Druitt, the national wine distributor, has added south west French producer, Gérard Bertrand, to its growing branded wine portfolio.

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Take 5 With Weingut Bischel's Christian Runkel

Published:  05 February, 2013

Harpers hears from Weingut Bischel's Christian Runkel, who will be exhibiting at SITT Spring 2013.

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South Africa wine collective in premium push

Published:  05 February, 2013

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, a collective of like-minded, independent producers, has been launched in a bid to to raise the profile of premium South African wine.

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Name change for Grupo Codorníu

Published:  04 February, 2013

Grupo Codorníu has changed its name to Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós as it looks to draw attention to its broad portfolio of products and heritage.

TextGrupo Codorníu has changed its name to Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós as it looks to draw attention to its broad portfolio of products and heritage.

 

As well as producing the UK's third best-selling sparkling wine brand by volume, the company sells wines from premium Spanish regions to independents. These include Viña Pomal in Rioja, Raimat in Costers del Segre, Legaris in Ribera del Duero and Scala Dei in Priorat.

 

Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós is also the UK agent for New Zealand producer Invivo and Australia's Thorn-Clarke.

 

The company owns eight wineries in Spain and one each in Argentina and the US, as well as over 2,500ha of vineyards.


"Our new name also reinforces our winemaking heritage and family roots. Established in 1551 as a winemaking company, Codorníu became intrinsically linked with the Raventós family in the 17th century when the Codorníu heiress Anna married into the Raventós winemaking dynasty," a spokeswoman said.

 

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New Zealand gets itself back on track

Published:  01 February, 2013

After a harvest shortfall in 2012, New Zealand may be struggling to cater for consumer demand, but winemakers are remaning positive and taking a long-term view, as Anne Krebiehl discovers

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Diageo's global ambition

Published:  01 February, 2013

Diageo's UK chief Andrew Cowan tells Gemma McKenna why understanding consumers, customer partnerships and driving innovation are all vital to its success

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Take 5 With Christian Runkel, Weingut Bischel

Published:  01 February, 2013

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Bibendum adds "iconic" Penfolds label to portfolio

Published:  01 February, 2013

Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.

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Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.

 

Bibendum will distribute Penfolds Bins, Icon and Luxury Wines as well as its on-trade exclusive range of Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines and Penfolds Bin 2 from this month.

 

Matthew Clark had distributed Penfolds in the UK until four years ago, when TWE moved to a number of regional distribution arrangements.

 

Andrew Shaw, Bibendum's head of buying said: "Penfolds are a terrific addition to the Bibendum portfolio. We have always been very strong supporters of Australian wines and couldn't pass up the opportunity to distribute one of the country's most iconic names. "

 

A number of back vintage wines will also be made available to Bibendum under the agreement.

 

Bibendum will include a range of Penfolds wines at its annual tasting on Wednesday February 6.

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Anne Krebiehl assesses Germany's 2011 vintage at the Wine Barn tasting

Published:  24 January, 2013

We Londoners are lucky. We can see screen legends on our West End stages, hear virtuoso musicians of every genre in our concert venues and look at Holbeins, Raphaels and Monets or the latest installations any day of the week. A steady flow of temporary exhibitions means everyone - yes everyone- can look at Gauguin, van Gogh or Brueghel.

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Anne Krebiehl blogs from The Wine Barn's annual tasting

Published:  23 January, 2013

We Londoners are lucky. We can see screen legends on our West End stages, hear virtuoso musicians of every genre in our concert venues and look at Holbeins, Raphaels and Monets or the latest installations any day of the week. A steady flow of temporary exhibitions means everyone - yes everyone- can look at Gauguin, van Gogh or Brueghel. No, I am not sponsored by Boris or the Arts Council. I am just reminded how great it is to get to see, taste and experience originals. That's presumably why so many braved the weather for The Wine Barn's Annual Trade Tasting at the German House in Belgravia on Monday.

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Anne Krebiehl meets Santa Rita Estate's Sebastían Labbé

Published:  22 January, 2013

The dining table at the New Street Wine Shop in the City of London was sufficient to accommodate the small gathering of AWE wine educators to taste with Sebastían Labbé, chief winemaker at Santa Rita Estate's Carmen winery. What was billed as a "Coastal Chile" tasting in the end turned out to be a tasting of select wines from the Carmen stable - coastal and otherwise.

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I Heart launches Valentine's Day limited edition

Published:  21 January, 2013

With Christmas safely out the way, the next seasonal trade push is Valentine's Day and neatly jumping on that...

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Simon Woolf on what he discovered at the Flint Wines Burgundy tasting

Published:  21 January, 2013

I fancy myself an old hand at Bordeaux en primeur tastings. I'm used to gums, teeth and elbows feeling decidedly battle-scared after the assault of youthful tannins and overly-enthusiastic attendees chasing the last sip of Cheval Blanc or D'Yquem.

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Paul Schaafsma "I'm having the time of my life"

Published:  18 January, 2013

Taking control of the UK's largest wine company is an opportunity Paul Schaafsma is not taking lightly. Here he talks to Richard Siddle about his vision for Accolade Wines and his hopes for the industry as a whole

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BIVB Chablis wine competition winners revealed

Published:  15 January, 2013

The Chablis commission of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) has revealed the award winners from the 2013 annual Chablis wine competition.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Armit Wines

Published:  10 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tastings and related Burgundy events from members of the trade. Here Jenny Mackenzie of Early Bird Wine News reports from Armit Wines Burgundy 2011 en primeur tasting.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Berry Bros & Rudd

Published:  09 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tasting from members of the trade. Here Jenny Mackenzie of Early Bird Wine News gives her view on this week's Berry Bros and Rudd Burgundy tasting.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Institute of Masters of Wine Burgundy Seminar

Published:  09 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tastings and related Burgundy events from members of the trade. Here Anne Krebiehl reports from the Institue of Masters of Wines seminar and debate on Burgundy held this week.

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VIDEO: Harpers heads to Chile to unearth new varieties

Published:  03 January, 2013

Cool-climate wines made from experimental varieties could be the next big thing for Chile - but a strong marketing message is needed if the wines are ever to gain a loyal following in the UK.

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Wines of Germany announces 2013 events

Published:  21 December, 2012

Wines of Germany have announced a series of events for 2013 which includes the continuation of the 31 Days of German Riesling campaign and Dragon's Den-style competition, called 'Get it on'.

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