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Oddbins blog: hunt for UK's top novice wine taster

Published:  19 October, 2012

A sustainability officer at Camden Council has been declared the UK's best amateur wine taster as winner of Oddbins' The Palate 2012 competition.

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Win case of Absolutely Cracking French Wines

Published:  19 October, 2012

Harpers is offering one lucky reader a case of 12 wines, personally selected by the Harpers and IWC teams from a line-up of more than 150 at the Absolutely Cracking French Wines tasting, organised by Sopexa.

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Geoffrey Dean on his discoveries in Piedmont

Published:  19 October, 2012

In contrast to the wettest British summer for a century, Piedmont enjoyed such a dry, sunny growing season that the harvest was completed much earlier than normal.

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Jenny Mackenzie heads to Loire tasting with Les Caves de Pyrene

Published:  18 October, 2012

Les Caves de Pryene held a dedicated Loire tasting this week "to show the incredible diversity of the region and its vintage variation". It was also a timely reminder that the latest in its growing number of natural wine bars, the Green Man and French Horn in London's St Martin's Lane is dedicated to the food and wine of the Loire.

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At Your Service events - October and November

Published:  17 October, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events in October and November.

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Chile's Aconcagua Costa awarded DO status

Published:  17 October, 2012

The coastal section of Chile's Valle de Aconcagua has become a new Denomination of Origin, on the back of Viña Errázuriz's long-standing quest to establish the region as a new viticultural zone.

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Bodegas Muriel joins forces with Off-Piste Wines

Published:  17 October, 2012

Off-Piste Wines has been appointed the new UK off-trade agent for Spanish wine producer Bodegas Muriel.

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Find out more about all the latest on-trade openings this autumn

Published:  16 October, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade openings this autumn.

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Cape Winemakers Guild Auction achieves record takings

Published:  16 October, 2012

The 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has set record-breaking figures with the highest turnover and a complete sellout of all wines.

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United Wineries looks to Russia, China and USA for growth

Published:  15 October, 2012

Spanish firm United Wineries has restructured its senior team as it turns its focus away from the UK and other mature markets and on to the faster-growing economies of Russia, China and the USA.

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Jordan Wine Estate to help women enter wine industry

Published:  11 October, 2012

South Africa's Jordan Wine Estate has launched an initiative to help young women, both in the UK and at home, get into the wine industry.

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Matthew Dickinson: why some wine business survive and others become extinct

Published:  11 October, 2012

 

One of the essential values of the modern wine industry's founding fathers, if indeed they thought that way at all, was creativity.

 

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Bill Hardy vows to protect family name

Published:  10 October, 2012

Bill Hardy, winemaker and family member at the leading Australian wine brand, is intent on safeguarding his heritage and has no intention of stepping down from the firm his family built.

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Wine Rack plans four new stores by Christmas

Published:  09 October, 2012

Wine Rack is "holding steady" - having boosted profits in its last financial year it is looking to open another four stores before the end of the year.

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Wine Rack plans four new stores by Christmas

Published:  09 October, 2012

Wine Rack is "holding steady" - having boosted profits in its last financial year it is looking to open another four stores before the end of the year.

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Boosting wine tourism: Geoffrey Dean blogs from Cape Town

Published:  09 October, 2012

While the biennial Cape Wine trade fair in South Africa last month was another big success, a new exhibition that ran alongside it in the Cape Town Convention Centre enjoyed a sparkling debut. Vindaba, part of a long-term strategy to boost wine tourism, derives from the South African government's aim to gain promotion by 2020 to the travellers' Premier League - the top 20 global destinations.

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Speakers join the Chile Summit debate

Published:  05 October, 2012

Chilean wine supporters will be going head to head with trade skeptics in the converts versus cynics debate at Harpers' second Chile Summit.

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Waitrose relaunches own-label range

Published:  04 October, 2012

Waitrose is relaunching its own-label wine, beer and spirit range, which includes 77 lines and wines for under £5.

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Hatch Mansfield upbeat despite difficult climate

Published:  04 October, 2012

Hatch Mansfield is optimistic about the future given its brands operate in the more premium sector.

 

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Douglas Blyde travels to Holland to discover South American wines with Salentein

Published:  03 October, 2012

En-route to the sixteenth century Salentein castle in Nijkerk, wind-farms replace windmills. Once crunching the gravel drive, I glimpse decorators painting window frames. The structure has evolved from mud house to mansion and children's home. For the past 30 years it served as headquarters of Pon Holdings, established by entrepreneur-tycoon, Mijndert Pon, also founder behind the Argentinian wine brand, Salentein.

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