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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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Stag's Leap Wine Cellar Raises Over $60,000 For Napa Valley Charaties

Published:  14 June, 2014

It's such a small world -- just a few weeks ago at the Master of Wine Symposium in Florence I was invited for this fabulous dinner at the new 26,000 square meter winery in the heart of the Antinori empire, which contains a cellar for five million bottles, the new offices, a wine shop, a museum, a conference hall, and a restaurant. There, Albiera Antinori and Marco Casamonti, the winery's architect, spoke about the creative and practical journey that culminated in the opening of this incredible building in October 2012.

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RAYMOND VINEYARDS' LIVE LOT AT 2014 AUCTION NAPA VALLEY RAISES $840,000 FOR THE NAPA VALLEY COMMUNITY

Published:  14 June, 2014

Add a summaryHollywood Glamour, including a private, VIP table at the Weinstein Company's Oscars weekend parties, private jet transportation, a red carpet premiere of new Weinstein Company film, evening gown and tuxedo appropriate for the festivities, and a collection of rare Raymond wines, including a 9L bottle of Raymond Generations signed by the cast of a Weinstein Company film.

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Wine and tapas anyone?

Published:  12 June, 2014

This weekend I'm off to Rioja Tapas Fantasticas in London, an annual event to promote Rioja wine and food. I seldom get the chance to go out these days, but I have been granted rite of passage by my dear wife as long as I am on my best behaviour and as long as she gets a ticket too.

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St. Supery Estate Vineyards Raises $120,000 for Napa Valley Charity during #ANV14

Published:  11 June, 2014

Napa Valley has a Mediterranean climate that generally provides warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. It's an ideal environment for growing wine grapes. The warmer weather allows our grapes a longer hang time in the Napa Valley sunshine, which leads to riper grapes and higher alcohol. Our goal is to always make a beautifully balanced wine. If the wine is balanced, the alcohol should be irrelevant.

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