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Spotlight on Off-Piste Wines

Published:  22 June, 2017

Off-Piste Wines is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Established by long-term business colleagues Paul Letheren and Anthony Fairbank, the company has grown from a tiny embryo to one of the most respected supermarket suppliers in the UK, with a focused business model, and a turnover of around £30 million.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Three reasons to be cheerful

Published:  21 June, 2017

Ian Dury and the Blockheads released Reasons To Be Cheerful in July 1979, two months after Margaret Thatcher became the UK’s first female Prime Minister.

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Guy Woodward: Why the wine trade should be targeting the young

Published:  14 June, 2017

Twenty years ago it may have been, but I can safely say that my membership of Manchester University Wine Society was a successful one. Not in terms of laying the foundations for a career as editor of a well-respected consumer wine magazine, a notion that would have been laughable to both me and my fellow members at the time. No, its main, possibly only, benefit was in meeting girls – and accumulating the brazen gall to actually speak to them.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: What are we voting about on June 8th?

Published:  30 May, 2017

When we wake up on June 9th we will have a new parliament and a new Government, probably one that will last for the next five years.

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Guy Woodward: A love letter to Bordeaux. No, really…

Published:  15 May, 2017

“Ahh, so you’re the one who hates Bordeaux…” said the late, great Denis Dubourdieu when we were introduced. Bordeaux’s pre-eminent authority on white wines, Dubourdieu was a man used to having his reputation precede him. Me? Less so. As I told the master winemaker, though, I don’t hate Bordeaux. We were drinking white Haut-Brion at the time, after all. But, as I also told him – and put into print as often as I could get away with at Decanter – I do hate its arrogance, its prices, and the nauseating esteem in which it is held by those old enough to know better.

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Tim Atkin MW: Argentina and Chile are a joint wine force to be reckoned with

Published:  12 May, 2017

This year is the 200th anniversary of one of the key events in Latin American history. In January 1817, the Army of the Andes set off from Mendoza, determined to end Spanish rule on the other side of the mountains. At its head were an Argentinian, General José de San Martín, and an exiled Chilean, the wonderfully named Bernardo O’Higgins, who, after a brave and arduous crossing of the Cordillera, did indeed defeat their common imperial foe. 

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Q&A: Julián Chivite, winemaker and owner, Bodegas Chivite

Published:  10 May, 2017

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Q&A: Joe Fattorini, IWSC Wine Communicator 2017, talks passion vs professionalism

Published:  28 April, 2017

Presenter and writer Joe Fattorini has made a career out communicating about wine.

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