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Chance to win modern day Treasure Island new childrens' book from Harpers columnist Mark Fiddes

Published:  23 December, 2014

Still looking for last minute Christmas presents? Well here's one for the family from Harpers.co.uk columnist and advertising executive Mark Fiddes who has turned his writing talents to becoming a children's book author.

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Chief of the Week: Joe Wadsack, the BBC's Mr Booze

Published:  19 December, 2014

Hold on to your Santa hats, lock up your drinks cabinet and gird your loins for our Chief of the Week: Mr Joe Wadsack.

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Felix Solis inadvertently shows it is a "class" act at British Comedy Awards

Published:  18 December, 2014

Not sure if our friends at Felix Solis saw the comic element to the picture they sent through this week to mark their sponsorship of the British Comedy Awards.

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Chiefs of the Week: Plucky members of Skin Côntact - live March 9, Vinopolis, London

Published:  12 December, 2014

 

 

We don't just have one "Chief" this week, but we are banging the drum for all those plucky wine trade folk that are willing to put their reputations on the line by forming their own band and performing live to raise money for Comic Relief.

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Wine trade supergroup bands together for Comic Relief

Published:  10 December, 2014

A plethora of talented wine trade musicians is set to thrill the industry with a one-off barnstormer of a gig in aid of Comic Relief.

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Think of a winning caption for this cartoon and the original could be yours...

Published:  10 December, 2014

Here's the chance to win a very special Christmas present that you have helped create. Yes, simply think up a funny caption to go along with this cartoon and the winner will receive the original cartoon, with your caption.

 

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Champagne wishes: House of Lords fear sub-par fizz

Published:  09 December, 2014

While Pulp's Jarvis Cocker penned the famous refrain 'I wanna live like common people', it's plain that those in the House of Lords do not. They flatly turned down a deal to share catering with the lowly House of Commons for fear the Champagne would not be up to scratch. So says Sir Malcolm Jack, clerk of the House of Commons between 2006 and 2011.

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Take a trip down memory lane with Harper's Quizmas Quiz

Published:  05 December, 2014

It has been a long and emotional 2014. Can you recall the rollercoaster ride of drinks trade happenings?

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Will the real Brigitte Bardot/Bordeaux please stand up?

Published:  04 December, 2014

Kent wine merchant Taurus has sexed up its image with the arrival of a new (actually it is an antique) Citroen HY van as a key member of its delivery fleet.

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You'll need loadsamoney to enjoy St Pancras's £60 a glass Cinnamoney mulled wine

Published:  02 December, 2014

Hands up who likes mulled wine? Go on, you know you do. Throw in a  few carols, a bit of recently laid snow and there's nothing quite like those touches of spice and cinnamon on a cold winter's day.

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Vinoteca counts down to Christmas with Wine-vent Calendar

Published:  01 December, 2014

After the frenzy of Black Friday you might think Christmas is almost upon us, but there are actually still 24 shopping days left.

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Wine Country Resort Review: 5 Star Il Boscareto Resort

Published:  01 December, 2014

Lovers of both the modern and traditional style of Barolo will definitely be attracted to the very modern, five star Il Boscareto Resort, located in Serralunga d'Alba, which appeals to all the senses in its gorgeously designed rooms and suites, state of the art spa, very well appointed exercise room, and of course its two restaurants. The fine dining restaurant has an excellent selection of vintage wines from the region's producers, and it's where the top producers often gather for celebratory dinners.

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Chief of the Week: Laura Jewell - soon to be UK "chief" of Wine Australia

Published:  28 November, 2014

 

We're not sure if we should be referring to a Master of Wine as a "chief" but either way congratulations to Laura Jewell who this week has been named as the new UK and Europe, well,chief for Wine Australia.

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Interview with Ze'ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery

Published:  26 November, 2014

Interview with Ze'ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery, Judea Hills

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#LidlSurprises and #AldiFestiveFeast host pop up restaurants in London

Published:  26 November, 2014

It seems the German discounters are not content at ripping up the UK grocery retail sector, they are now having a go at the on-trade too with news that they are moving into the ever popular world of pop-up restaurants.

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Chief of the Week: Tyler Balliet and Wine Riot

Published:  21 November, 2014

Now fast talking young American dudes are not totally original when it comes to breaking through in the wine trade. Anyone who has come within half a mile of Gary Vaynerchuk could vouch for that.

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Is this the best mini bar in the world?

Published:  21 November, 2014

As mini bars go they don't get much more impressive than this.

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The Vineyard in Dorking has an offer it wants its supppliers to refuse

Published:  13 November, 2014

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but not always.

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Big Brother on whisky watch

Published:  12 November, 2014

There are some mysterious goings on in the world of whisky this week. Jura distillery has been inviting everyone to a seriously hush-hush event about a new whisky. But it doesn't say what that whisky is.

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To boldly go where no wine tasting has gone before

Published:  12 November, 2014

Wine conferences around the world will soon have an excuse to tap up William Shatner as their guest speaker.

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