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Game of Thrones wine-ter is coming! Plus CP's top TV shows paired with wines

Published:  08 July, 2014

Calm down all Game of Thrones' fans out there, but the Claret Pimpernel has heard that wine-ter is coming your way! Game of Thrones, the über successful HBO drama now has a wine produced in its honour - the Wines of Westeros range. The Australian wines will include 12 different styles, each one said to represent a major house or group from the series.

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Guy Woodward: no more ivory tower posturing, let's get personal with consumers

Published:  04 July, 2014

Harpers is pleased to announce it has signed up Guy Woodward, former editor of Decanter, as a regular columnist and contributor.This month he tips his cap to the creative minds at Naked Wines and other innovative retail sites that are genuinely communicating to consumers in a way they can understand and says there are so many lessons to be learnt from the old school wine trade still stuck in its ivory tower. 

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Harpers Uncorked: Tweets of the Week

Published:  04 July, 2014

The Claret Pimpernel trolls the twitter-sphere looking for news but also some of the best tweets of the week

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Claret Pimpernel: Still in the dark...

Published:  04 July, 2014

PR stunt of the week must go to Scotch whisky Highland Park, which sent out a flyer this week with all the details of its new Dark Origins launch hidden on what looked like a black piece of card.

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Claret Pimpernel: Too cool for school?

Published:  04 July, 2014

Whether we like it or not, being cool and being in the wine trade, don't necessarily go together.

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The Claret Pimpernel: Wrong shaped balls

Published:  04 July, 2014

Now football may be the country's national sport, but that is not always the case in the wine and spirits sector, where the egg-shaped rather than round ball is more popular.

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Claret Pimpernel: Doors to manual

Published:  04 July, 2014

The CP got itself stuck in the land of PC this week with the story we ran online at Harpers.co.uk about a British Airways pilot and his wife who are opening a wine merchant in Manchester called Salut Wines, offering as many as 32 wines by the glass courtesy of its Enomatic machines.

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Jude Law to star in new short film for Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Published:  01 July, 2014

British film star, Jude Law, is to appear in a special short film to promote Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the blended Scotch whisky, called 'The Gentleman's Wager'.

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Are you hounded by PRS and PPL?

Published:  29 June, 2014

Stephen Forward reveals his tedious encounters, wrangles, and squabbles with these two beguiling organisations.

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It may not be trending worldwide but Sherry is now trendy.

Published:  28 June, 2014

Sherries uprising

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Christine

Published:  26 June, 2014
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Cahors Malbec Days 2014 Rocks

Published:  26 June, 2014

Curious about Malbec from Cahors?

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Valentino Monticello, sommelier and acclaimed artist, has died

Published:  26 June, 2014

 

Today marks the funeral of acclaimed artist and former head sommelier, Valentino Monticello, who took his love for wine and music to create a body of work depicting scenes from famous operas using only wine labels from where those operas were based.

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Seven steps to successful sales

Published:  24 June, 2014

I had one of those surreal dreams the other night that wouldn't be out of place in a Douglas Adams novel, where the whole world was inhabited only by a large population of Life Coaches. Everyone was really well organised, at peace with themselves and with each other, and all living a stress free life in sheer bliss.

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Isabelle Legeron MW publishes comprehensive guide to natural wine

Published:  23 June, 2014

Isabelle Legeron MW has produced a comprehensive guide to natural wine bringing together not only a detailed examination of what natural wine is, but a country by country, producer by producer guide to the wines and styles that newcomers and enthusiasts should be looking to drink.

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Diageo launches special edition Tanqueray Old Tom gin

Published:  23 June, 2014

Diageo has launched limited edition Tanqueray Old Tom gin, drawing on an original recipe from its founder and bridging the gap between malty Dutch genevers and London Dry gins.

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Four key factors that impact retail sales

Published:  20 June, 2014

I've tried many different sales techniques over the years. In fact I've tried almost everything from dressing up as an oversized pink flamingo, to standing outside the shop with a large machete in a sadistic pose threatening passersby to "buy my friggin wine or else!" Plus a whole host of other methods in between.

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Is being a Wine Critic the most pointless profession in the world?

Published:  16 June, 2014

The answer is NO, of course it isn't, and to suggest so is frankly preposterous, outrageous, and totally insulting...

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Off to Cahors for Malbec days

Published:  14 June, 2014

The traditional basic style was ... well, black! And tannic. I am curious to see what, if anything, is being done to soften the tannins apart from cellaring the top quality wines.

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HALL raises over $180,000 for Napa Valley Charity at #ANV14

Published:  14 June, 2014

Bulgari jewelry and dinner with Craig and Kathryn Hall make for exciting biding.

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