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ProWein 2016: The importance of brand building within the UK wine trade

Published:  22 March, 2016

This year's ProWein was marked by a distinct spilt that seems to be happening within the UK wine trade. Discovery of small producers and esoteric wines is growing in popularity, but simultaneously so is the emphasis on brand building within the wine trade. Bill Hardy, of UK's number one wine brand discussed the importance of why brand building is important in the UK wine trade.

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ProWein 2016: The challenge of the falling South African rand

Published:  17 March, 2016

Between the bush fires, one of the most severe droughts in the last century and a toppling currency, South Africa has not had it easy in 2015. The currency specifically has been challenging for wine producers and could potentially pose a problem for wine producers in the year ahead.

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Analysis: Why are Portugese wines still struggling in the UK?

Published:  17 March, 2016

It really is one of the great mysteries of modern wine retailing: why hasn't the huge critical acclaim accorded to Portuguese wines translated into either higher shelf sales or wider recognition amongst the wine-buying public?

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Champagne's battle for the top spot

Published:  14 March, 2016

It's no secret that sparkling wine sales have been a massive success story in the UK market of late

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English sparkling wine's southern charm

Published:  11 March, 2016

Recent research conducted by Harpers into the sparkling wine listings of around 50 mid to high-end restaurants in south east England and London threw up some interesting insights into the mix of fizzes offered both by the bottle and being served by the glass. 

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ProWein 2016 preview

Published:  11 March, 2016

With the world of wine and spirits soon to descend on Düsseldorf for ProWein, Harpers delivers the essential knowledge on the largest drinks trade show

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Sicily takes control of its destiny

Published:  10 March, 2016

"Historically, the UK took Sicilian wine from northern bottlers in huge quantities," says Nick Bielak, director of Vinexus, whose agencies include the big Marsala-based co-op, Cantina Europa

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How Italy's complexity can be its greatest draw

Published:  10 March, 2016

When it comes to supplying the off-trade with entry-level wines, Italy certainly punches above its weight

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Morrisons rings the changes

Published:  10 March, 2016

Morrisons' wine team is bucking the trend, with a revitalised range, rising sales and a collaborative approach to suppliers delivering awards and customer spend

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Why indies need to use the web wisely

Published:  09 March, 2016

With online wine sales booming, independents stand to lose out to bigger players unless they use the web wisely to promote their USPs

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Go West 2016 tasting preview

Published:  09 March, 2016

The Go West tasting offers an unrivalled insight into the wines of California, Oregon and Washington

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What the Living Wage means for the trade

Published:  08 March, 2016

We all need to earn enough to survive. But the Chancellor's introduction of a Living Wage, announced last year and to be introduced this April, has proved controversial

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The Smith Report: Has China fully recovered?

Published:  08 March, 2016

China, which once was the promised land for iconic wines, hit a tough patch, but with a growing middle class and an ever-growing appreciation for wine, could now be the time to start importing there?

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Grain versus grape: the rise of craft beer

Published:  07 March, 2016

"Stick a cork in it. Wine is done," declared the New York Daily News back in 2013. "Fancy beers in oversize bottles are the hottest items on drink lists at swank restaurants and bars across the city." 

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The problem with mark-up madness in the on-trade

Published:  04 March, 2016

I love Riesling. I'll always buy it in the supermarket, I will always look out for it in restaurants and I'll always seek it out wherever I go.

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Spain: a winemaking revolution is brewing

Published:  04 March, 2016

In January 2016, respected winemaker Telmo Rodríguez unveiled a controversial document that caused a surge of excitement across Spain's viticultural landscape

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Think Gin 2016 hailed a success

Published:  02 March, 2016

Oversubscribed and packed with members of the on-trade, independent merchants, multiple and wholesale buyers, the second annual Think Gin event at London's Hospital Club was a buzzing event. 

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Enotria&Coe targets premium on trade with merged portfolio

Published:  01 March, 2016

At the inaugural launch of the Enotria&Coe portfolio, CEO Troy Christensen set out his vision for the newly merged business and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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Independents turn to experiential approach

Published:  01 March, 2016

Independent drinks retailers are currently facing a double whammy with supermarkets providing consumers with the convenience of picking up drinks with their weekly shop, while discounters are providing the sort of low prices that are hard to ignore.

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Expressing a love of lava

Published:  26 February, 2016

There's been an eruption of interest in volcanic wines and to prove it the Institute of Masters of Wine recently held a seminar/tasting specifically devoted to them. 

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