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Analysis: French brands are now adopting sophisticated day brand building plans

Published:  09 June, 2015

France is often seen as the most traditional of the world's wine regions but, as Erin Smith discovers, things are often far more modern than meets the eye.

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Analysis: Italian indigenous varietals set to boom

Published:  08 June, 2015

Italy has some of the largest choice of indigenous varietals that produce a dizzying range of wine styles and consumers are increasingly embracing them.

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LWF Wrap Up: Despite an already marked period of change in the trade, many believe more is yet to come

Published:  08 June, 2015

The wine and spirit industry has been through a marked period of change - and, talking to suppliers and producers at last month's London Wine Fair more than ever manyexpect more transformation ahead.

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Fenavin wine fair has positioned itself as a gateway to Spanish diversity

Published:  08 June, 2015

Having emerged as Spain's pre-eminent wine fair, Fenavin has positioned itself as a gateway to Spanish diversity as well as value. 

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Are there etichal implications to consider when choosing to bottle wine in the UK?

Published:  05 June, 2015

Harpers led a debate at last month's London Wine Fair to expose the myths and preconceptions about UK bottling, which raised questions about the ethics of the practice.

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Analysis: Do you remember your wine epiphany?

Published:  05 June, 2015

Trade personalities tell Rosie Davenport and Nigel Huddleston about the life-changing moment when they realised a career in wine was their destiny

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Harpers.co.uk survey results: Most overrated and underrated wine countries

Published:  13 May, 2015

Harpers.co.uk exclusive survey asked thetrade who they thought the most overrated and underrated wine regions were and the poll yielded some interesting results.

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WSTA members angered by lack of support and other "freeloading" businesses in the trade

Published:  13 May, 2015

The WSTA has called for more drinks businesses to take up membership and support the trade organisation as some members that have been contributing to the body feel that other business in the trade are "freeloading."

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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur: The verdict

Published:  12 May, 2015

There has been little incentive for consumers to buy Bordeaux en primeur in recent years. Can the chateaux turn that around? Our man on the ground, local winemaker Gavin Quinney, reviews the latest vintage:

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Analysis: Are UK vineyards missing out on valuable tax benefits?

Published:  11 May, 2015

New proposals offering UK farmers tax benefits sounded like good news for the industry, but when the WSTA discovered that vineyards don't fall into that category, they demanded to know why.

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Naked Wines eyes up growth following its partnership with Majestic

Published:  11 May, 2015

Naked Wine's managing director Eamon FitzGerald talk to Harpers about the future of the new Naked Wines following its acquistion by Majestic.

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Interview: Majestic's new boss Rowan Gormley and Naked's Eamon FitzGerald on the company's new era

Published:  11 May, 2015

Majestic's new chief executive Rowan Gormley and Naked's managing director Eamon FitzGerald talk about the future of the new company.

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Smith Report: Election 2015: trade impact

Published:  08 May, 2015

The 2015 General Election has been a close call right to the end. But are the potential impacts the results could have on the drinks trade?

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Premium Spirits Round table: Defining premium spirits

Published:  14 April, 2015

Artisanal spirits may be all the rage, but, at a recently hosted roundtable, a panel of leading buyers and producers debated whether that meant they were premium.

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Q&A: Damian Clarke of Freixenet's UK says his past work with FMCGs is helping to build stronger brands in wine trade

Published:  14 April, 2015

After a career spanning many leading grocery brands, Freixenet's UK boss Damian Clarke explains how his classic FMCG training is paying dividends in sparkling wine in the UK.

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The Smith Report: Why social media participation for wine brands is increasingly more important

Published:  13 April, 2015

The ongoing battle for the return on investment from social media is about to get a bit more complicated with the Google and Twitter partnership.

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Fortified wines see sales declining, but there are still opportunties for the category

Published:  10 April, 2015

Despite declining volumes, there are still ample opportunities for growth and innovation within the fortified wine category.

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Riecine: Bringing a touch of Englishness to the Tuscan hills

Published:  10 April, 2015

The English have long beaten a path to the rolling hills of Tuscany for their holidays. Twenty-four years ago winemaker Sean O'Callaghan did just that - but he never left and has been making wines at Riecine winery ever since

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Analysis: Majestic's acquisition of Naked Wines

Published:  10 April, 2015

Majestic Wines' acquisition of Naked Wines, and the appointment of Rowan Gormley as its new chief executive, will see the launch of a new international multi-channel wine retailing group. 

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Increased polarisation of Australian wine market widens gap between winners and losers

Published:  09 April, 2015

The Australian wine market is becoming increasingly polarised as many bulk grape producers and grape wine growers appear to be on the brink of  collapse, while premium wine producers seem to be growing in both value and volume.

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