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Joe Wadsack shares his musical likes as Skin Contact's Comic Relief gig is selling fast

Published:  13 February, 2015

We've met the band, the backing singers and plugged the concert enough to surely convince you to buy a ticket for wine band Skin Côntact's one-off concert on March 9 at London's Vinopolis to raise money for Comic Relief.


Matt James formerly of Gene and now Skin Côntact reveals his musical likes and dislikes

Published:  11 February, 2015

It's time to bang the drum, literally, for the last member of the Skin Côntact rock band that promises to give us the night of the year when it takes to the stage on March 9 at London's Vinopolis to raise money for Comic Relief.


Tim Atkin called Vinopolis a 'failure', but is he right and is that fair?

Published:  09 February, 2015

Those of the more fortunate readers amongst you who can cough up the annual Harpers Wine mag subscription fee were treated this month to Tim Atkin's take on the imminent closure of London's Vinopolis. But is his critique a fair reflection of the state of affairs at London's premier wine venue?


Chief of the Week: Orson Welles - trying to promote Amercian "Champagne"

Published:  06 February, 2015

Today we remember the late, great Orson Welles famous not only for his pioneering work as a film director, but also for his ability to shift (and drink) so much alcohol during his career. Yes, who can forget his booming voice overs for all those Carlsberg TV commercials and the great "Carlsberg. Probabaly the best lager in the world" punchlline.


Stop taking the pessina, Boots

Published:  05 February, 2015

It doesn't matter how much you try, you can't polish a turd. At least that was the lesson this week for the poor old sods that work at Boots as they embarked on damage limitation following an almighty foul-up at the High Street pharmacy chain.


More singers announced and Skin Côntact's Alex Hunt reveals all he knows - and likes - about music

Published:  03 February, 2015

If the thought of wine legends Joe Wadsack and Charles Metcalfe singing along to the sounds of the wine trade's very own rock band Skin Côntact, was not enough to get you to their one off gig on March 9 at London's Vinopolis, then four more singers have just been added to the line up. 


Australians get their hands dirty in ad campaigns - but can we spot the difference?

Published:  30 January, 2015

What is it about Australian wine videos with all their references to mother nature, the dirty soils, the sweaty growers and the super production values?


Helen Chesshire PR supremo on her new life as singer for wine band Skin Côntact

Published:  30 January, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for what promises to be one of the major wine events of the year - yes the performance of its very own band, Skin Côntact, which hopes to raise a lot of money for Comic Relief when they take to the stage at London's Vinopolils on March 9.


Why Eduardo Chadwick - and friends - are feeling on top of the world

Published:  29 January, 2015

Here's a novel way to celebrate receiving the highest ever score for a Chilean wine - match the accomplishment by climbing to the top of your country's highest mountain.


Smell of EX-cess

Published:  27 January, 2015

What could the wine industry learn from the perfume one?


So what does wine trade band Skin Côntact's Anne McHale know about music?

Published:  27 January, 2015

We've heard from some of the band members from the wine industry's very own rock band, Skin Côntact, that has come together for Comic Relief, but now let's get to know the singers - and backing singer Anne McHale MW of Berry Bros & Rudd to be exact.




Please Sir, I want some more?

Published:  24 January, 2015

I've heard it all this week. It turns out that Majestic wine, of all companies, has done an Oliver Twist. They've colluded with a bunch of other apparently destitute wine merchants by writing an open letter begging their Bordeaux suppliers; asking: Please Sir, I want some more?


Chief of the Week: Skin Côntact's Richard Hemming

Published:  23 January, 2015

Drum roll please for our Chief of the Week who is the man behind the wine industry's very own rock band, Skin Côntact, that has been brought together to not only bring some much needed entertainment for the drinks trade but to help raise money for Comic Relief.


Skin Côntact's Ben Smith shares his music likes and loves

Published:  21 January, 2015

The countdown is on until the biggest (well OK only) live gig of the year takes place when the wine trade's very own band, Skin Côntact, take to the stage at Vinopolis on March 9 to help raise money for Comic Relief.



Competitive advantage through customer experience

Published:  18 January, 2015

News emerged this week that A&E waiting times in the UK have reached record levels. This is bad news on several fronts but, if my family are anything to go by, the A&E crisis may be partially attributable to the nation's deteriorating cooking skills.


Stressed and wanting a drink? You aren't alone

Published:  16 January, 2015

It is that time of year when the gym is packed, the shops are out of ready made salads, there seem to be far less smokers and people are on their best behaviour.  The New Year's resolutions are still front of mind and people are attempting to stick to them.


So what were those snowmen talking about? Winning cartoon caption revealed

Published:  09 January, 2015

In the December issue of Hapers we set you a challenge to come up with a witty caption for this cartoon by our resident cartoonist, Rob Murray.  Well many of you were brave enough to give it a go and we recieved plenty of entries over the festive period to choose a winner from.


A real glass act

Published:  08 January, 2015

Show me a real man that doesn't like a bit of willie and I'll show you a squirrel that doesn't like nuts!


Get on down with The Boss - James Brown

Published:  06 January, 2015

There has been much debate online about the music that accompanies the new Gordon's Gin television campaign, featuring Gordon the Boar.


Why Bordeaux producers should resist calls to 'reduce' their 2014 prices

Published:  31 December, 2014

Wine investors have been bitching about Bordeaux release prices for the last few years. According to investors, for the 2014 release, "The pressure will be on the producers to get their prices right". But what is the 'right price' and in whose interest is this 'right price'?