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A second helping of Vinisud reflects on the wines to the fore at this year's show

Published:  25 February, 2016

Vinisud 2016 revealed a fresh focus on old vines and varietes 

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South African harvest 2016

Published:  23 February, 2016

The hottest growing season in South Africa since 1904, according to official statistics, is having a major impact on production for the current vintage. Yields are dramatically lower - down by as much as 60% or more in certain regions like Swartland - with the national crush expected to the smallest for over a decade.

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Southern Spotlight

Published:  22 February, 2016

Vinisud to become an annual event as pan-Mediterranean focus pays dividends for organisers and exhibitors. 

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Chink & swig! Welcome to the Drinks Wholesaler

Published:  18 February, 2016

We hope you'll enjoy the mix of features, analysis and viewpoints in our launch issue. And, above all, find the content thought-provoking, informative and useful to you, this being the only publication solely dedicated to focusing on the business of wholesaling beers, wines and spirits.

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Insights: On the cusp of a Balkan revival?

Published:  18 February, 2016

A tasting earlier this month at London's Institute of Directors showed that the financial and technical support being given to producers in Greece, Bulgaria and central Italy is paying dividends.

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Insights: The pros and cons of buying groups and the changing agency model

Published:  16 February, 2016

Buying groups, particularly among independent merchants and on-trade wholesalers, are becoming more commonplace. Harpers.co.uk investigates the pros and cons of joining one

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Insights: Mediterranean wines appeal rises as consumers become more adventurous

Published:  12 February, 2016

The search for the new and interesting is upping the ante for Greece, Croatia, Lebanon and Turkey. Justin Keay reports

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Analysis: Conviviality brings Matthew Clark business into the fold

Published:  12 February, 2016

The impact of Conviviality's acquisition of Matthew Clark is just beginning to be felt as it renegotiates with suppliers

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Insights: Is Portuguese wine finally taking hold in the UK?

Published:  10 February, 2016

Portugal ticks all the boxes when it comes to wine and yet remains under-represented on UK lists. But could it make its mark in 2016?

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Insights: Independents best poised to gain if value can be returned to wine category

Published:  08 February, 2016

With supermarkets retrenching, independents stand to gain if value can be returned to the wine category

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Analysis: Concha y Toro's mission to help build Chilean wine globally

Published:  08 February, 2016

Concha y Toro, the dominant Chilean wine company, is quietly trying to change the perception of the country's wines, as it embarks on a mission to help others in order to help itself.

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Insights: Lidl's successful strategy

Published:  05 February, 2016

In an exclusive interview with Lidl's BWS buyer Ben Hulme, Angela Mount explores the strategy behind the success of the discounter's wine department

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Analysis: The gin craze rages on

Published:  05 February, 2016

Offering beguiling botanicals with classy cohorts to match, Alice Lascelles explores the gin and mixer revolution

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Insights: More women working in rum is helping the category thrive

Published:  04 February, 2016

The number of women in the rum industry is rising and it is happening across all levels of distilleries from top management to master blenders.  The increased diversity within the workforce and at the top level is helping to build stronger businesses long-term.

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Insights: Tailoring wine packaging to the consumer

Published:  03 February, 2016

Angela Mount visits Accolade Park and gets an inside look at the how the company creates and develops packaging and merchandising for today's customers.

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Insights: On-trade needs to embrace social media to drive footfall and sales

Published:  28 January, 2016

There is a promising shift in the role of social media in the on-trade, but are pubs and bars missing out on a lucrative sales opportunity?

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Insights: How can Italy communicate its regional diversity to consumers?

Published:  26 January, 2016

After visiting last week's Borsa Vini Italiani tasting, Justin Keay asks how much the average wine enthusiast really knows about Italy?

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Analysis: Catalonia's rebellious Penedès region

Published:  26 January, 2016

In Catalonia, a region that has been actively trying to secede from Spain for the last 300 years, Catalans are nothing if not determined to shake up the staus quo..

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Analysis: Suppliers today must be excellent service providers

Published:  25 January, 2016

Consolidation within the industry is happening across many channels and for suppliers to both the on- and off-trade, competing on supplying quality wines at competitive prices is no longer enough.

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Insights: New Zealand wine styles and varieties diversify

Published:  21 January, 2016

New Zealand Winegrowers hosted the 35th annual trade tasting in London this week and the over 500 wines that were being poured demonstrated how New Zealand wine producers are looking to diversify the styles and varietals that are being exported. While this may be challenge to get consumers to understand some of the newer style Sauvignon Blancs being produced or take some convincing to get people to try a New Zealand red wine, it is an evolution that is exciting and needed for the wine regions within the country.

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