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Q&A: Merchant Vintners' chairman James Tanner

Published:  05 November, 2015

James Tanner is the third chairman of the buying group which is celebrating 50 years of business and looking for new recruits.


Q&A: Andrés Lavados, Chile's Santa Rita Estates

Published:  04 November, 2015

Andrés Lavados has been heading up Chile's Santa Rita Estates for more than a year. He talks about his vision for the company and how he plans to crack the UK market.


Q&A: Philippe Dhalluin, managing director of Châteaux wines, Château Mouton Rothschild

Published:  14 September, 2015

Dhalluin has been overseeing the winemaking at Mouton Rothschild and several of its estates since 2003. He talks about the joys, as well as the pressures, of leading arguably one of the most iconic wine labels in the world.


Q&A: Rajeev Samant, founder, Sula Vineyards, India

Published:  11 August, 2015

In a country where the annual per-capita consumption is little more than a tablespoon of wine, setting up an Indian winery came with its fair share of challenges. Rajeev Samant the founder of Sula Vineyards talks about his success.


Q&A: Richard Kershaw MW, winemaker, Kershaw Wines

Published:  23 July, 2015

Richard Kershaw, the only winemaking MW in South Africa, was with Mulderbosch and Kanu, before leaving in 2011 to pursue his dream of making his own cool-climate wines in Elgin in the Western Cape.


Q&A: Julie Campos takes the helm of Nicolas Feuillatte

Published:  21 July, 2015

It's been six months since Julie Campos took the helm at Nicolas Feuillatte. Erin Smith caught up with her to find out how she plans to shake up the status quo for the iconic Champagne brand


Q&A: Steve Fennell, Sanford Winery & Vineyards

Published:  20 July, 2015

Steve Fennell, general manager and head winemaker at Sanford Winery & Vineyards located in Santa Rita Hills, talks about the winery that helped put the region on the map in the infamous film Sideways


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Published:  15 July, 2015

Q&A: John Lodge of rock band The Moody Blues talks about his love of wine and his own label Krisemma

Published:  08 June, 2015

Musician John Lodge is best known as the bass player of rock band The Moody Blues, but the Birmingham native also has his own wine brand. He talks about how his love of wine started and where it has taken him.


Q&A: Aurelio Montes, vice-president of Wines of Chile talks about the big changes he's seen in over 25 years in the trade

Published:  08 May, 2015

Aurelio Montes established his eponymous Chilean winery back in 1988 and since then has witnessed big changes in the business. caught up with the veteran winemaker, also the vice-president of the Wines of Chile, to find out more


Q&A: Jonathan James talks to Harpers about his new franchise venture of Conviviality Retail

Published:  24 April, 2015

Jonathan James, the convenience store expert who has taken on the franchise of 36 stores acquired by Conviviality Retail from GT News, talks to about his ambitious plans for the business.


Q&A: Chris Tomlinson, Tirril Brewery

Published:  14 April, 2015

Former pub owner turned brewer and distiller Chris Tomlinson of Tirril Brewery talks to Helen Arnold about the launch of Cumbria's first single malt whisky - the only malt in Britain made using a beer recipe


Q&A: Andrea D'Ercole, Ipsum Vinoteca

Published:  13 April, 2015

Andrea D'Ercole has been importing Italian wine and food for the on-trade since 2003. Nigel Huddleston asks him why now was the right time to launch his own wine bar at Ipsum Vinoteca in Leeds


Q&A: Christian Seely of AXA Millésimes talks En Primeur

Published:  13 April, 2015

Since 2000, Christian Seely has successfully led AXA Millésimes alongside such wine estates as Château Suduiraut, Pichon-Longueville and La Tour Pibran. Now, all his attention is focused on the 2014 en primeur.


Q&A: David Cox, chief executive, The Benevolent

Published:  10 April, 2015

"Despite being in existence for 129 years, I am acutely aware that there are many people within the drinks trade that do not actually know that there is a trade charity there to support and help them. And even if they did know about The Benevolent, we found that many myths and misconceptions exist about who we help and how we help."


Q&A: Mission Estate's Giles James on toppling Cloudy Bay and looking beyond Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  31 March, 2015

Mission Estate, New Zealand's oldest winery, may not yet be the most familiar of brand names in the UK wine world, but it has just managed to topple Cloudy Bay from its position as best selling New Zealand wine in the on trade. Helen Arnold caught up with UK business development manager Giles James to discover how it was achieved.


Q&A: Coravin's new boss Frederic Levy on changing the way people access wine at home

Published:  30 March, 2015

Coravin's new boss Frédéric Levy talks about the gadget that is causing a stir in the on-trade and his plans to change the way people access and drink wine at home.


Q&A: Hervé Deschamps, chief winemaker at Perrier-Jouët, talks about his work at the iconic brand spanning three decades

Published:  25 March, 2015

Hervé Deschamps talks to Erin Smith about the pressures of being chief winemaker at Perrier-Jouët


Why English wine's Litmus Wines is on board with Branson's South African hotel venture

Published:  23 March, 2015

English winemaking consultants Litmus Wines recently teamed up with Richard Branson's private hotel collection Virgin Limited Edition to launch a new joint-venture wine business in South Africa's Franschhoek region. Litmus' founder and director John Worontschak, and VLE's managing director, Jon Brown, talked to about the venture and what it will mean for the Surrey-based business. 


Q&A: Beltrán Domecq of the Consejo Regulador on sherry cocktails and sherry's affinity with food

Published:  16 March, 2015

Beltrán Domecq, president of Consejo Regulador de las denominaciones de origen Jerez and Graham Hines, UK director of The Sherry Institute of Spain talk to about sherry, its affinity with food and the growth of sherry-based cocktails.