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Analysis: Soave has evolved

Published:  16 September, 2016

If searching for lighter white wines that are easily accessible and affordable, possessing a rich history with a signature grape variety and complex soils with the capacity to age (if given a chance), a keen shop owner or sommelier would be advised to look into the 'New Soave'.

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Silver linings: a post-Brexit boom?

Published:  15 September, 2016

Life after the referendum may not be as bad for the hospitality business as some feared

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Insights: Could Prosecco pricing be under pressure again this year?

Published:  12 September, 2016

Taking a look back at the Prosecco pricing bubble in 2015, ahead of this year's harvest, Harpers.co.uk investigates if it could happen again.

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Analysis: Exploring the Loire

Published:  08 September, 2016

Happily for the adventurous among us the Loire Valley is brimming with epicurean opportunity. If you need an acid-fresh white or two on the list, there are plenty less familiar names than the ubiquitous Sancerre to turn to. In the hunt for alternatives, let's start with some of the more obvious choices.

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Insights: Suppliers provide in-depth data reports to attract and support customers

Published:  07 September, 2016

Anecdotal evidence about on-trade trends is being replaced by much more in-depth research from suppliers, delivering an invaluable sales asset for both wholesalers and accounts.

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Insights: Sake's new image

Published:  05 September, 2016

Not long ago sake was the preserve of Japanese restaurants, often low quality, cheap and served hot. But standards and times have changed with the rise in popularity of superior premium sakes.

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Harpers Global Design Awards 2016: What the judges said

Published:  02 September, 2016

 Design often precedes smell and taste when it comes to encouraging a customer to pluck a bottle from the shelf - it also adds lustre to the longevity of engagement with a brand. The Harpers team samples our Design Awards 2016 Trophy winners.

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Analysis: Liberty Wines' On-Trade 2016 report highlights opportunties in the on-trade

Published:  02 September, 2016

Ahead of its tasting later this month,  Liberty Wines' Premium On-Trade 2016 report shows where the opportunities lie in an ever-changing landscape.

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Insights: The importance of a well-honed drinks list

Published:  31 August, 2016

With new openings driving fierce competition, hitting the ground running with a well-honed drinks list is key. But how is it done?

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Part 2: The boom-and-bust cycle of tequila

Published:  31 August, 2016

With mezcal and tequila taking off in the UK, harpers.co.uk looks at what is driving the trend in a three part series.

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Part 1: Popularity for tequilas and mezcals in the on-trade rises

Published:  26 August, 2016

With mezcal and tequila taking off in the UK, harpers.co.uk looks at what is driving the trend in a three part series.

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Greek wines make headway in the UK

Published:  24 August, 2016

Hellenic winemaking techniques have helped make Greek wine slowly make headway in the UK and helps brighten the country's prospects for the future

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The Smith Report: Life beyond the back of the bar

Published:  24 August, 2016

With rising demand for on-trade consultants, bar staff now have ample opportunities out of house. At last month's Bols Business Class in Bristol leaders discussed what it takes to get started.

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Analysis: Croatian, Slovenian and Turkish wines are offering really points of difference

Published:  19 August, 2016

Croatia, Slovenia and Turkey are increasingly recognised as fertile territory for wines offering real points of difference.

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Insights: The rise of rum

Published:  17 August, 2016

Spiced rums and quality sipping products are driving the thirst for a taste of the Caribbean.

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Keys to building your indie business Part 4: Making the most of events

Published:  15 August, 2016

At the first Think Indie, Drink Indie event, successful merchants shared best practices and avenues to consider when looking to expand. Here is the first of a four part series covering different areas independent merchants should consider in expanding their businesses. Topics covered included why wholesaling is good for indies, how the hybrid model can be great for retail, what to consider when expanding online and the how to maximise the value of events.

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Keys to building your indie business Part 3: Wholesale improvement - developing your operation

Published:  12 August, 2016

At the first Think Indie, Drink Indie event, successful merchants shared best practices and avenues to consider when looking to expand. Here is the first of a four part series covering different areas independent merchants should consider in expanding their businesses. Topics covered included why wholesaling is good for indies, how the hybrid model can be great for retail, what to consider when expanding online and the how to maximise the value of events.

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Insights: Implications of the entry point for wine into the UK

Published:  11 August, 2016

The supply chain for wine is often long and complex and one of the most important decisions is where to bring the product into the UK.

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Keys to building your indie business Part 2: How to capitalise on the off-into-on-trade offer

Published:  09 August, 2016

At the first Think Indie, Drink Indie event, successful merchants shared best practices and avenues to consider when looking to expand. Here is the first of a four part series covering different areas independent merchants should consider in expanding their businesses. Topics covered included why wholesaling is good for indies, how the hybrid model can be great for retail, what to consider when expanding online and the how to maximise the value of events.

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Insights: The rise of direct-to-consumer retailing

Published:  05 August, 2016

With products facing ever-increasing competition for shelf space, Angela Mount looks at how brands are cutting out the middlemen

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