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Erin Smith: Change offers us hope for the future

Published:  07 December, 2015

Erin Smith looks back at 2015 and reflects on how change can offer opportunities in 2016

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Visiting Burgundian Gem Producers with Jeanne-Marie DeChamps

Published:  01 December, 2015

A vivacious woman with a warm, gregarious personality, Jeanne-Marie attended business school before moving to Burgundy with her then-husband and having two daughters. One could only imagine how difficult it must have been for a woman to be taken seriously by men - especially the kind of old-school producers who may not have encountered women in that capacity before.

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Snapshot of Portugal: Wines of Alentejo, Algarve, Setúbal and Tejoe

Published:  23 November, 2015

VINIPAX was created in 2007, organized entirely by the Beja municipality and enologist Anibal Jose-Coutinho, leading wine authority and the author of many books and guides on Portuguese wines. Anibal is passionate about Portuguese wine and is working hard to put it on the world's map.

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Tim Atkin MW: Has Alberto Antonini opted to lead rather than follow the market?

Published:  30 October, 2015

Tim Atkin asks whether Alberto Antonini has decided to break away from more traditional styles of wine defined by the likes of Michel Rolland and to forge his own path.

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Guy Woodward: Why aren't restaurants offering more wines by the glass?

Published:  30 October, 2015

Along, it seemed, with half the UK's wine press, I was at the launch of Les 110 de Taillevent in London's Cavendish Square last week. My verdict? Go - and be sure to order the crab ravioli. What was most notable about the night, though, was not the guest list or the menu, but that here was a major restaurant being launched off the back of its wine offering.

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Perrier-Jouet Introduces 2007 Belle Epoque

Published:  14 October, 2015

Hervé Dechamps is the seventh person to hold the Chef de Cave position in 204 years, and I've been lucky enough to meet with him many times over the years, always learning something new about himself, his approach to wine, and winemaking in general.

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Book Review: Money, Taste and Wine: It's Complicated! by Mike Veseth

Published:  08 October, 2015

Mike Veseth appears to be on a mission. Money, Taste and Wine: It's Complicated! follows his Wine Wars and Extreme Wine (reviewed here in May 2014) in discussing aspects of the wine world in a language ordinary mortals can understand.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: The question every wine veteran gets asked- what is the BEST wine?

Published:  18 September, 2015

It happened again last week. I was on a flight from Mallorca to London City airport. It was one of those small planes with just two seats either side of the gangway. She was in an aisle seat and I was bolted in next to the window. I was trapped and I wanted to lie.

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A TOUR OF DAUNIA RURALE AND THE ALTO TAVOLIERE 22nd TO 25TH JUNE 2015

Published:  15 September, 2015

Daunia Rurale, also known as the 'Alto Tavoliere' or Northern Apulia Tableland, is an area of flat land approximately bordered by Molise to the north, Campania to the west, and the Gargano promontory to the east.

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Harpers Choice

Published:  07 August, 2015

Some of this month's sampled goods!

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Time for calorific information displayed on wine labels?

Published:  18 July, 2015

As a consumer of wine, should there be calorie/sugar content labels made visible on wine bottles?

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Brewing up a storm

Published:  16 June, 2015

Companies with lots of shareholders shouldn't have annual general meetings like this. Really. It's dangerous stuff. It might change the way we think about doing business completely and forever. And we don't want that. Or do we?

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Guy Woodward: A parallel between the election results and Harpers most over- and under-rated wine countries survey

Published:  05 June, 2015

The outcome of - and the polls leading up to - this year's general election provided yet further evidence, were it required, of the vagaries of the Great British public  and, indeed, of opinion polls themselves.

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Tim Atkin MW: The hard work for Priorat wine pioneers

Published:  05 June, 2015

The village of Bellmunt del Priorat has its very own mining museum, a tribute to a time when lead was more important than grapes to the economy of this wild and isolated corner of Catalonia.

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Samba sensation hits London Fair

Published:  05 June, 2015
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Aged Sake Part 2: A range of style and techniques

Published:  27 May, 2015

In the second part of our sake blog, Anna Greehhouse looks at styles and techniques of aged sake and looks beyond Japan to find them. 

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Anne Krebiehl looks at Dom Pérignon's Three 'Plénitudes'

Published:  26 May, 2015

Anne Krebiehl fanfares the launch of Dom Pérignon's Three 'Plénitudes' - three late-released, late-disgorged vintages launched as one - at a recent London tasting pop-up.

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Matthew Dickinson asks: Where has all the profit gone?

Published:  26 May, 2015

Giving a talk at a recent WSET Business and Commercial Knowledge course gave Matthew Dickinson the opportunity to look at where the profit in wine has gone. Here he reflects on what he discovered:

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Harpers choice, May 2015

Published:  12 May, 2015

Brighton Gin; Calusari Pinot Grigio; VII Hills

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Guillaume Deglise, Vinexpo CEO: US and China to have big presence at Vinexpo

Published:  11 May, 2015

With only weeks to go before the new-look Vinexpo opens its doors for the 19th international wine and spirit exhibition, the pace of visitor bookings is turning into a flood. Over 48,000 visitors are expected from 120 countries. Centre stage is the US, which is showing unprecedented interest in exhibiting wines, but also in showing off its spirits and cocktail flair in the enhanced spirits sections.

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