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Gemma McKenna

Published:  19 March, 2014

Harpers News Editor

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Mike Paul: is the new EU planting wine regime a missed opportunity or pragmatic compromise?

Published:  04 March, 2014

Given the space devoted recently to predictions relating to the future of the wine business I've been surprised at the lack of attention focused on the new EU vine planting regime which is due to come into effect at the end of 2015. From that date each member state with over 50,000 hectares under vine will be able to add 1% per year to its vineyard area.

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Storytelling" lunch with CEO Carolyn Wente and Karl Wente

Published:  25 February, 2014

A very interesting "storytelling" lunch with CEO Carolyn Wente and her nephew Karl Wente, senior VP of Winemaking.d a summary

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Exploring Conegliano Valdobbiadene: The Land of Prosecco Superior

Published:  25 February, 2014

"Prosecco?" the gentlemen asks, a bit startled by my question about it's "image." "It's sexy, cool, a fun sparkler to order in a bar," he responds.

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Mark Fiddes how history can give your brand a cause to celebrate

Published:  25 February, 2014

"Beware of Greeks bearing gifts," said Laocoon of the Trojan Horse.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: when it comes to liking wine preconceptions are everything

Published:  21 February, 2014

Many years ago I was trying to sell Argentinean wine to the Co-op. We had a delicious, modern style Torrontes that had been custom made for the UK market but I just could not persuade the buyer, of its merits. He tasted it several times always with the same result: he said he didn't like Torrontes. 

 

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Karen Capey | Business development manager BWS

Published:  18 February, 2014
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Sometimes chocolate and champagne should not mix

Published:  13 February, 2014

We are programmed to believe that love cannot live without this particular pairing. The truth is a lot more complicated than you want your romantic night to be. While it is a ‘simple’ matter of taste, here is a quick guide to pairing the two this St. Valentine’s Day.

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It's wet on our Somerset vines

Published:  13 February, 2014
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Minimum Pricing....Am I missing something?

Published:  09 February, 2014

A response to the government’s minimum pricing plan.

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Temptestblog

Published:  06 February, 2014

Will be deleted instantly - testing images

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A Year of plenty:2013

Published:  04 February, 2014

An incredible year full of surprises and amazing bottles of wine… and a few lessons that you learn as a sommelier and should NOT forget to put in practice, no matter where you are.

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Taste Test: Château Thénac - Côtes de Bergerac 2009

Published:  04 February, 2014

What do you buy for the man that has everything? Not a vineyard in Bergerac that's for sure...

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50 Great Portuguese Wines for 2014 Comes to the USA

Published:  03 February, 2014

According to Nuno Vale of Wines of Portugal, over the last year, he has seen an over 15% increase in growth by value of Portuguese wines in their export markets.

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Interview with Chateau Haut-Bailly's GM Veronique Sanders: Insight into the 2013 Vintage

Published:  29 January, 2014

In a challenging vintage, chateaux with the most resources and the willingness to deploy them are able to make quality wine. Can the secret be the 'cube?'

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Jerry Lockspeiser on why wine is for drinking and not for a health or fitness regime

Published:  23 January, 2014

Negative reports about alcohol are as frequent as Manchester City goals. So it would be nice to believe the studies suggesting that the legalised drug we peddle is infact good for health. 

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Navigating the New ebook The World Atlas of Wine

Published:  22 January, 2014

Is the new ebook version of The World Atlas of Wine by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson easy to navigate?

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Visiting Paulo Laureano in Alentejo, Portugal

Published:  15 January, 2014

"I believe in wine with terroir, and I believe in wine that has a story behind it," says Paulo Laureano with a smile in his cheerful Australian-accented English, as I walk inside the BL Lounge restaurant. It is a modern, yet laid-back place in the wine resort town of Evora, with a sleek looking bar in contrast to the more traditional restaurant white-washed walls and a wooden beam ceiling.

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Why on Earth do People Give up Alcohol in January?

Published:  07 January, 2014

A few thoughts on why I won't be going dry for January.

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Visiting Di Siprio winery in Abruzzo, Italy

Published:  05 January, 2014

Di Siprio ... sparkling and fine wines from well capitalized new winery in Abruzzo.

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