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Other than drinking wine from - what's the Open's Claret Jug all about?

Published:  15 July, 2014

On the eve of this year's tournament the CP's heard it through the fairways that golf legend and winner of last year's Open, Phil Mickelson, confessed he has had fun with the Claret Jug this past year including drinking a $40,000 bottle of 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti out the tournament's trophy.

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Book review: Jerry Lockspeiser on DO PURPOSE: Why brands with a purpose do better and matter more

Published:  15 July, 2014

In the new Uncorked Book Club area on Harpers.co.uk books, featuring new and interesting titles for the trade, Jerry Lockspeiser discusses why this David Hieatt book on brands got so far into his head that it is still there days later...

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Pernod Rijkaard anyone? Join in and name your "drinking footballers"

Published:  11 July, 2014

Credit where credit's due and hats off to Hal Wilson and all his crew at Cambridge Wine Merchants for coming up with this idea of naming football players that also sound like alcoholic drinks.

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Chiefs of the week: Glenmorangie's Dr Bill Lumsden - the McWilly Wonka of whisky

Published:  11 July, 2014

This week we tip our proverbial cap to the one and only Dr Bill Lumsden, whisky creator extraordinaire, who says his latest limited edition for Glenmorangie is his finest whisky to date.

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HARPERS CHOICE

Published:  11 July, 2014

These were some of our top spirits to try this week. Sipsmith Sipping Vodka, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Chairman's Reserve Finest St Lucia Rum

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Chiefs of the week: Guy Woodward

Published:  11 July, 2014

Let's raise a glass to our new regular columnist Guy Woodward who is now entertaining Harpers readers with his insightful, cutting and controversial views.

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CP's Tweets of the week

Published:  11 July, 2014

The Claret Pimpernel scoured Twitter to find that conjured a smile or staight up caused a laugh out loud moment, including tweets the trade submitted regarding what Boris Becker was thinking in a recent photo at a wine event

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Herman ze German's cheeky World Cup offer

Published:  10 July, 2014

The CP had thought the days of Stan Boardman and his "ze German" jokes had been confined to history. But that was until we came across the London eaterie, Herman ze German, which has been quick to send out news alerts urging people to head to its outlets this Sunday and enjoy the World Cup final with a bratwurst or two.

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Just what is Boris Becker thinking? Send us your photo captions...

Published:  10 July, 2014

With another Wimbledon title to his name (admittedly in his role as a coach to Novak Djokovic) you would think Boris Becker would be nothing but smiles at the moment. The Claret Pimpernel, however, caught him in a more thoughtful mood at a recent Franciacorta special event at the Italian ambassador's residence in London.

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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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