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Taste Test - A Cape Mentelle Double Act

Published:  13 April, 2015

A review of the Sauvignon/Semillon 2014 and the Cabernet/Merlot 2013

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Harpers Wine without Siddle is like Top Gear without Clarkson

Published:  11 April, 2015

Like many people, I was taken by complete surprise on Friday when the announcement came that Richard Siddle was leaving Harpers. When I read the news I felt like someone had just punched me in the stomach; I genuinely felt sick; and I felt I'd lost a true colleague and friend.

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Guy Woodward: Takes a look at the Cognac conundrum

Published:  10 April, 2015

I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've ordered Cognac. Like crystal meth and Bikram yoga, it's simply not something by which I've ever been tempted.

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Tampon tax - are you pulling my plonker?

Published:  10 April, 2015

There's no need to ask anyone in the drinks industry whether or not they're fed up with the excessive tax on alcoholic beverages; this is a given! But 'tampon tax', really? Are you serious?

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Chief of the Week: Martin Perez Cambet, Casarena Winery

Published:  10 April, 2015

Working on this side of the fence you sometimes wander who is actually reading all (or any) of the news and copy that we diligently write every day - and where in the world they are if they do.

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Tim Atkin MW: Burgundy mourns the passing of Anne-Claude Leflaive

Published:  10 April, 2015

Anne-Claude Leflaive was sometimes described as one of Burgundy's "grandes dames" but there was nothing aloof about the woman who ran the most famous white wine domaine in the Côte de Beaune. Relaxed, friendly, yet intensely focused, Anne-Claude inherited the easy charm and sense of humour of her father, Vincent, who preceded her at the helm of this prestigious property.

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Independent wine shop owner runs Marathan de Sables for charity

Published:  08 April, 2015

An independent wine shop owner is hoping to raise money for charity by completing the notorious Marathon des Sables.

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Why is wine investment financially perilous?

Published:  02 April, 2015

I have long argued that wine investment is nothing more than high risk speculation, and I am on record for questioning the risk versus return of this asset class. In response, Wine Investment insiders are not shy in voicing their disdain and contempt for my views. In their words "to say wine investment is not safe is naive beyond belief". So who is right?

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Chris Galvin and Fred Sirieix's "dream come true" to have cameo role in new James Bond film

Published:  01 April, 2015

Award winning chef Chris Galvin and his general manager, Fred Sirieix, at London's Galvin at Windows have had a dream come true with a surprise cameo role in the new James Bond film, Spectre.

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Myth: Wine investment is safe

Published:  28 March, 2015

Truth: The wine investment industry want you to believe this, after all it's in their financial interest that you buy into this belief, but try telling this to the clients that lost huge amounts of money in this unregulated market.

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How Jascot's Alastair Pyatt "persuaded" the Chancellor to freeze wine duty

Published:  23 March, 2015

So here's us all thinking it was the gallant combined efforts of a cross industry high profile campaign that convinced the Chancellor, George Osborne, to freeze the duty on wine in last week's Budget. Well think again.

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Chief of the Week: The Chancellor, George Osborne

Published:  20 March, 2015

It's been another hectic week for the world of wine and spirits. Most of the UK wine trade seemed to have debunked to Dusseldorf for the annual tour of bratwurst stalls at ProWein - without doubt the largest wine fair in the world.

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Ten dumb things to invest your money in

Published:  19 March, 2015

Wine investment must surely be the dumbest of all things to risk your money on. But where does it stand in the top ten dumb things to bet on; where you're sure to lose your money? Stephen Forward reveals his top ten dumb investment tips.

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Chief of the Week: Cockburn's Vintage Port

Published:  13 March, 2015

OK admittedly it seems strange to bestow our "Chief of the Week" honour on simply a vintage Port house. But then Cockburn's, now safely ensconced in the paternal ownership of Symington Family Estates, is not your average vintage Port company.

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VIDEO: The stars shined brightly at inaugural Skin Côntact concert for Wine Relief raising £10,000

Published:  11 March, 2015

The wine industry's first ever rock band, Skin Côntact, took the wine trade by storm on Monday night on stage at London's Vinopolis wowing the audience and helping to raise over £10,000 for Wine Relief, the wine trade's initiative for Comic Relief.

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Stuart Broad signs up as Hardys ambassador...just don't mention the World Cup

Published:  10 March, 2015

With all the excitement of last week's March for the Independents events we missed out on news that England fast bowler has been signed up by Australian wine brand, Hardys, to be one of its ambassadors as part of its ongoing sponsorship of English cricket.

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Discover Rhone: Meeting Producers & Making Contacts

Published:  09 March, 2015

Though the Chapoutiers had their beginnings in Tain. Michel was quick to recognize the importance of the terroir - and eager to stop selling it to Guigal and put his own name on the label. Even more important, he wanted the wine he made to reflect the terroir, not any "style" of winemaking. So at the age of 24 in 1990 he was able to get a majority share in the family winery and the rest is history, with Michel owning vineyards in many places in France and the world.

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The Beaumont: Very Hip New Hotel For Winelovers in London

Published:  09 March, 2015

Like their collection of boutique restaurants, this hotel also has a theme - it is meant to evoke the elegance and personalized hospitality of pre-war Mayfair. Though I wasn't around during that era, the hotel is extremely elegant and also extremely personalized. In some ways, one feels as if one is stepping inside a Merchant Ivory film. The uniforms are very evocative of some past era, and the gorgeously decorated interior is filled with pictures that seem to have captured the "popular" set of that day.

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Chiefs of the Week: the UK's independent wine merchants

Published:  06 March, 2015

For over the last month Harpers has been celebrating and putting the spotlight on the work independent wine merchants do and the growing importance they have on the drinks industry as part of our March for the Independents campaign.

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Inter-Rhône's Agnès Heller lives the rock n' roll dream with Skin Côntact

Published:  27 February, 2015

With little more than a week to go before Skin Côntact, the wine trade's first ever rock band, take to the stage at London's Vinopolis to help raise money for Comic Relief we turn to those resonsible for making it happen - the sponsors.

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