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Breaking down the Brexit unknowns

Published:  14 June, 2017

With change the only certainty of Brexit, the trade needs to prepare for likely eventualities and present a united front. 

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Getting ahead in the digital shelf war

Published:  08 June, 2017

With the mind-bogglingly fast growth of online channels, which in the context of many thousands of years of bartering and selling, is still a very new phenomenon, we scope out the e-specialists claiming to help your products fly online.

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Bursting the Brexit bubble

Published:  07 June, 2017

Following on from the London Wine Fair’s Brexit debate, 
Jo Gilbert caught up with the WSTA’s Simon Stannard in a bid 
to get to the bottom of what the UK’s EU exit means for the trade

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Bordeaux 2016 en primeur

Published:  31 May, 2017

Insights_bordeaux.pdfOur resident Bordeaux correspondent and producer Gavin Quinney gives the low-down on the highs of a fine year

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WSET: The business of wine

Published:  31 May, 2017

With the trade often berated for lack of commercial acumen, Angela Mount gives the lowdown on a WSET course that delivers

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Vinho Verde quality focus delivering Portuguese success story

Published:  25 May, 2017

Vinho Verde is far and away Portugal's leading white wine region, this northernmost province of Portugal one of Europe's largest demarcated wine regions with 21,000 hectares of planted vineyard, nine sub-regions and more than 2000 wine brands. And something is definitely stirring. 

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LWF Day One: The big Brexit debate

Published:  22 May, 2017

Breaking down the cloud of uncertainty brought about by Brexit into manageable bite-sized pieces was the objective of panelists at this afternoon’s London Wine Fair industry briefing.

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English Sparkling: Spotlight on potential

Published:  19 May, 2017

Jo Gilbert looks at what the future may hold for English sparkling wines at home and abroad

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The LWF: A UK-focused event

Published:  18 May, 2017

Jo Gilbert looks ahead to the most important event in the trade calendar, now in its fourth year of consolidation since becoming a UK-focused fair

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Vertical ambition

Published:  15 May, 2017

Effective range hierarchy is crucial in a world where shelf space is in short supply, meaning the justification of premium listings is paramount for suppliers. Angela Mount reports

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Ecommerce: What’s the potential for wine?

Published:  12 May, 2017

Jo Gilbert looks at how big the online proposition really is and why the UK is at the forefront of wine online

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Solera supping

Published:  08 May, 2017

From oldster tipple to hipster hooch, sherry seems to have missed out on the mainstream, says Henry Jeffreys

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Mad for Malbec

Published:  02 May, 2017

Argentina is Malbec; New Zealand is Sauvignon Blanc. The intimate link between a country and dominant single variety is a strategy fraught with danger – apparently. Change the record, please.

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Lebanon gaining ground

Published:  28 April, 2017

 

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Swiss wine Part 1: The unknown country

Published:  06 April, 2017

“In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

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Swiss wine Part 2: Indigenous variety heaven

Published:  06 April, 2017

Wineries from all six of Switzerland’s wine regions were present at the Swiss Wine tasting last month: Valais and Vaud, where most wineries are based, and which account respectively for 33% and 25% of production, Geneva, Ticino, the surprisingly extensive German-speaking area and the Three Lakes Region.

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The Apprentice: How will the new government levy affect the trade and will it help staff churn?

Published:  03 April, 2017

As of this month, the government’s apprenticeship levy is going to revolutionise the way large businesses offer staff training. 

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Through the telescope: A look at future tech likely to affect the wine trade

Published:  28 March, 2017

When Uber recently announced it was looking into the possibility of making daily air travel as cheap as a normal taxi fare, the world - and especially the media - gasped with anticipation.

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The battle for the retail shelves

Published:  23 March, 2017

The latest Nielsen retail reports make for interesting reading. Supermarket own-brand wines showed growth of 12.6% in the 12 weeks leading up to January 28, 2017, an escalation from 5.5% year-on-year growth, while brands lost 3% share.

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Millennials: sorting the facts from the fiction

Published:  22 March, 2017

A Wine Intelligence presentation at Prowein sought to debunk much of the common notion that Millennials are a fundamentally different consumer group with a clearly cohesive mindset, with implications for those creating targeted new brands

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