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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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An Overview of Festive Trading - An Independents perspective.

Published:  05 January, 2014

A brief look at the sales and trends throughout the month of December at Hennings Wine Chichester.

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Visiting Nicolas Feuillatte in Champagne

Published:  27 December, 2013

Curious for an "insider's view" of one of the largest Champagne Houses in Epernay?

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Visiting Maison Ruinart in Champagne

Published:  26 December, 2013

Answer quickly - what was the secret to Nicolas Ruinart's success in founding Ruinart Champagne in 1729?

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Two Good, 2 Bad fo 2013, Hopes and Fears for 2014: Jerry Lockspeiser, Off Piste Wines

Published:  26 December, 2013

Settle in to Boxing Day in the capable hands of Jerry Lockspeiser of Off Piste Wines as he looks back on his good and bad memories of 2013 and his hopes and fears for 2014.

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Using social media is one thing, being interesting is another, says Jerry Lockspeiser

Published:  19 December, 2013

The message I heard being yelled at wine businesses more than any other this year was 'Wake up to Social Media'. For anyone interested in communicating with consumers it's got to be at the centre of company and brand marketing plans for 2014. Or has it?

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Mike Paul on taking commercial education to the next level

Published:  18 December, 2013

A recurring theme at the recent Wine Vision Conference was that the wine industry needed to improve its marketing. We are too production oriented: we don't really understand the consumer. If we have heard it once we have heard it a thousand times and I'd be surprised if anyone in the room in fact disagreed with the message.

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Mark Fiddes: why some celebs shift brands and others don't

Published:  16 December, 2013

Jean-Claude Van Damme demonstrating Volvo trucks = 60 million hits on You Tube.

Jean-Claude Van Damme demonstrating the world's coldest beer = 120,000 hits.

It just goes to show that the script idea is as important as the personality you buy in advertising. Personally, I prefer to see the Muscles from Brussels wrangling monster metal rather than hearing that his nipples were "so cold they started talking to me". But at least Coors Lite has arrived on the beer map and, in downtown Skopje, distressed denim appears to have made a comeback along with the mulle

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One decadent night ... look what escaped the cellar!

Published:  05 December, 2013

No wine horror stories here.... Just two clarets and a Jimmy... This year has been our year for letting wine escape from our cellar. We have found that we were squirrelling away our wines and not appreciating them as we intended when we purchased them a decade or so ago. While the red wine flowed, so too did the conversation - as if we had caught up just the other day rather than too many years ago. These were the wines that kept the topics rolling in our early Christmas catch up.

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Taste Test: La Roncaia Eclisse Sauvignon BlancPicolit 2011 (Friuli-Venezia, Italy)

Published:  02 December, 2013

I nearly had a Slovenian wine last night....

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Jerry Lockspeiser: why we need to price wines on enjoyment not what they cost

Published:  28 November, 2013

Imagine for a moment that Champagne does not exist. The sparkling wine market is dominated by cava and prosecco with competition from the New World.  Consumers are accustomed to affordable, well made but largely uninspiring sparkling wines.

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Visit to Cantina Zaccagnini in Abruzzo

Published:  28 November, 2013

"It is not difficult to produce a premium wine," says Angelo Ruzzi, export manager for Cantina Zaccagnini, a magnificent wine estate in the Bolognano region of Abruzzo, a very remote area with soaring snow-capped mountains all around. "It is much more difficult to produce a value wine. "

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Visiting Emile Pepe winery in Abruzzo

Published:  28 November, 2013

Exciting visit to Emile Pepe winery in Abruzzo, where antique methods of production rule.

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A tale of two loves

Published:  27 November, 2013

Everyone reach that moment in life that you are looking for something special. It is like searching for the Holy Grail. Does it exist? But what is it? Where do you find it? Below I tell you the story of how two very different loves were found.

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Judging at the International Wine Challenge

Published:  25 November, 2013

An insight into a day at the International Wine Challenge.

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Mark Fiddes on the art of good storytelling when advertising vodka

Published:  22 November, 2013

What does a Long Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall have in common with Plutonium?

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Think you know Montepulciano from Abruzzo?

Published:  22 November, 2013

The grape is taking on new importance in the Italian wine region of Abruzzo, with a new accent on quality.

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Hospices de Beaune 2013: The Inside Story

Published:  19 November, 2013

Curious about the activities leading up to the successful Hospieces de Beaune auction 2013? For the second year in a row bidding reached a fever pitch, raising more than six million Euros for charity.

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Mike Paul: in search of the true value of a bottle of wine

Published:  18 November, 2013

The BBC Watchdog reporton the questionable value of half price deals in the supermarkets sparked a great deal of interest. Such deals have always stirred emotions, but the ensuing discussion also  highlighted  a concern I have when I hear commentators making definitive statements about the price a particular wine is worth.

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Winesmiths - taking the 'boxmonster' out of the cask

Published:  14 November, 2013

Boxmonster? Goon? Cask? Or do you call it a bag in box? Whichever term you use to describe wine served in this format, the Winesmiths have arrived on the scene with four new cask wines to liven up the shelves.

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