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Masters of Wine and Scuba Divers have one thing in common, but what is it?

Published:  10 May, 2014

Stephen Forward takes a light-hearted look at the Institute of Masters of Wine programme, and shares his thoughts and questions on this mysteriously elitist organisation. Warning: This article may contain traces of nuts.

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Your business is carbon neutral. What does that mean exactly?

Published:  06 May, 2014

The Green agenda is in vogue. But what does it all mean? Stephen Forward gets confused; neh flustered when trying to debunk this intriguing topic.

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Is wine & breast milk really such a sour mix?

Published:  30 April, 2014

Stephen Forward questions the London Wine Fair's position towards breast feeding mums, and calls for a change in policy.

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London Wine Fair: To go or not to go, that is the question?

Published:  24 April, 2014

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer, The train and commuters of outrageous fortune, Or to take the journey against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To drink: to taste, No more...or something to that effect...

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How Independents are able to compete and be successful.

Published:  22 April, 2014

A few thoughts on what Independents can do to flourish in the ultra competitive retail market.

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It's confirmed, we're not alone, there is life on another planet!

Published:  19 April, 2014

For years scientists have pondered the idea that life may exist on a planet other than Earth. Countless money, running into billions of dollars, has been ploughed into research to answer this very simple question: Is there life on another planet? Well now we finally have the answer…

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A VERY KRUG VINTAGE: 2003

Published:  18 April, 2014

Notes in a small red book, an exuberant champagne, a challenging year and a monsieur Olivier Krug.

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Sparkling Shiraz, Easter Eggs and Peking Duck

Published:  17 April, 2014

Sparkling red wine is very versatile although, many wine lovers are at a loss as to how to drink it. Of course, the obvious answer for this is chilled and in a flute.

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Stephen Forward | Essentially Wine

Published:  15 April, 2014

Founder and owner of Essentially Wine Ltd established in 2004, and specializing in importing and retailing fine wines from small producers. Prior to that I spent 20 years in the IT industry, the last 13 or so living and working in Switzerland running a computer services company.

Aside from running Essentially Wine, I work with Let's Do Business Group as a voluntary business mentor for the Government's NEA Business Mentoring Programme to assist the unemployed start their own business.  

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En Primeur: Catching up with Smith Haut Lafitte

Published:  07 April, 2014

It was great to see SHL Technical director Fabien Teitgen, and owners Florence and Daniel Cathiard at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte last Wednesday at the Chateau for the tasting of wines from Graves and Pessac-Leognan. I always taste "blind" (meaning that this group does not know what they are tasting until a sheet of wine, keyed with the wines number, is given to us at the end of the tasting.

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Visiting Chateau Fourcas Hosten

Published:  07 April, 2014

"Welcome!" is the greeting from the charming Mommeja brothers, Renaud and Laurent, as they welcome me into their incredibly restored chateau that dates from the 18th century, and is designed to replicate the period ... yet the original owners, I am sure, never had such incredible luxuries!

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En Primeur: Meeting Sylvio Denz of Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Published:  06 April, 2014

What does M. Denz have in store for the first growth Sauternes?

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En Primeur 2014: Visiting Chateau Carbonnieux

Published:  03 April, 2014

Discover what goes on inside the gates of Chateau Carbonnieux

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So what do you think will happen to the 2014 Vintage?

Published:  28 March, 2014
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Gemma McKenna

Published:  19 March, 2014

Harpers News Editor

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Storytelling" lunch with CEO Carolyn Wente and Karl Wente

Published:  25 February, 2014

A very interesting "storytelling" lunch with CEO Carolyn Wente and her nephew Karl Wente, senior VP of Winemaking.d a summary

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Exploring Conegliano Valdobbiadene: The Land of Prosecco Superior

Published:  25 February, 2014

"Prosecco?" the gentlemen asks, a bit startled by my question about it's "image." "It's sexy, cool, a fun sparkler to order in a bar," he responds.

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Karen Capey | Business development manager BWS

Published:  18 February, 2014
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Sometimes chocolate and champagne should not mix

Published:  13 February, 2014

We are programmed to believe that love cannot live without this particular pairing. The truth is a lot more complicated than you want your romantic night to be. While it is a ‘simple’ matter of taste, here is a quick guide to pairing the two this St. Valentine’s Day.

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It's wet on our Somerset vines

Published:  13 February, 2014
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