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Mark Holdsworth, Half Hitch Gin, on breathing new life in to London gin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Camden Lock in north London was once the centre of the capital's gin production. Fifty years after the last distiller moved out, Mark Holdsworth is breathing new life into the area. He talks about craft gin and his plans for Half Hitch with Helen Arnold.


Denis O'Flynn, Pernod Ricard UK, why we need to get behind the WSTA

Published:  06 March, 2015

Denis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, talks about his plans as the new chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.


World expert John Gauntner introduces us to sake

Published:  13 February, 2015

John Gauntner is renowned as being one of the English-speaking world's foremost experts on sake. Here he explains how he got into sake, and what's happening in the industry now.


Q&A: BiBoViNo's Frantz Roesch on why BIB wine is going upmarket

Published:  10 February, 2015

Frantz Roesch, founder of French bag-in-box retail concept BiBoViNo, reveals his plans for UK expansion, high profile backers and why it will focus on old world wines only.


Q&A: Conviviality's Diana Hunter on acquisitions and expanding ranges

Published:  05 February, 2015

The ink has barely dried on Conviviality's latest acquisition deal - to take on 37 stores across Yorkshire and the East Midlands - and chief executive Diana Hunter already has plans in place for further expansion.


Q&A: Buckingham Schenk's new MD Craig Durham outlines his plans

Published:  22 January, 2015

Newly-appointed managing director of wine supplier Buckingham Schenk Craig Durham takes up the role on February 1. He is the current sales director at the firm and replaces Jon Pepper MW, who is moving to Enotria. Here he shares his plans, current successes, how to expand on brand ranges, and why he'd love to see Swiss wines in the UK.


Alfred Cointreau on history and how to engage with modern bartenders

Published:  14 January, 2015

Alfred Cointreau is a sixth generation member of the Cointreau family, and since 2011, has been the liqueur brand's heritage manager. He fills us in on the French brand's 165-year history and how he engages with bartenders today.


Q&A: Diego Muntoni, head sommelier, OXO Restaurant

Published:  12 January, 2015

From the whiff of fermenting grapes at his family's vineyard to his first job behind a bar, the OXO Restaurant's head sommelier guides us through his career so far


Q&A: Pierre-Henry Gagey, president, Maison Louis Jadot

Published:  11 January, 2015

Pierre-Henry Gagey has been with Maison Louis Jadot since 1984 and became president in 1992, following in the footsteps of his father who had joined in 1954 to become its director in 1962. He talks to Anne Krebiehl MW about the prices of the 2013 en primeur campaign and the challenges facing Burgundy now


Direct Wines' new chief David Thatcher shares his vision

Published:  07 January, 2015

David Thatcher, incoming group chief executive of Direct Wines, tells us how he is planning to build on the group's successful formula, ramp up personalisation and how Prosecco outsold Champagne 2:1 over Christmas.


Sophia Warner of the Pebbles Projects talks about 10 years of changing lives in South Africa's winelands

Published:  05 December, 2014

As the Pebbles Project celebrates its 10th year, co-founder Sophia Warner explains how the trade has helped provide support and education to children in South Africa's winelands and what a difference it makes.


Glengoyne's Stuart Hendry: 'We're still selling too much whisky'

Published:  02 December, 2014

Stuart Hendry, brand heritage and commercial director for Glengoyne Distillery near Glasgow, talks Scotch whisky's enduring popularity, barrel prices, slow distillation and long-term plans with Geoffrey Dean


Enotria's Troy Christensen on what next for supplier and retailer relations after TescoGate

Published:  07 November, 2014

Troy Christensen, chief executive of Enotria, tells Gemma McKenna what's going on at the supplier, the state of distributor retailer relations in light of TescoGate, and what we can expect next.


Mike Ratcliffe: Why South Africa's growing in confidence

Published:  28 October, 2014

Mike Ratcliffe, managing director of Warwick and Vilafonte wineries in Stellenbosch, tells Geoffrey Dean about the growing confidence in South Africa's industry. 


Chris Blandy: big changes afoot in Madeira as premium wines gain traction

Published:  23 October, 2014

Changes are afoot in Madeira: it is shifting towards the premium end and its tourism potential is growing, says Chris Blandy, owner of Blandy's Madeira Wine Company.


What's on at SITT Autumn: Andrew Steel from Connoisseur Estates

Published:  24 September, 2014

Andrew Steel, director of Connoisseur Estates, a UK wine agency, tells, what to expect on his stand today at the SITT Autumn Tasting held at the Royal Horticulture Halls in London.


Danilo Zilli, head sommellier at Novikov, talks about how he fell in love with wine

Published:  22 September, 2014

Danilo Zilli, talks to about the how he fell in love with wine.  Like any relationship, it has its up and downs, but being head sommellier at Novikov offers Zilli a great perk- the opportunity to taste some amazing wines.


What to expect at SITT Autumn: Richard Dudley Craig, Dudley Craig Wines

Published:  19 September, 2014

Here Richard Dudley Craig explains what Dudley Craig Wines will have on show at the SITT Autumn tasting on September 24 at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.


Jacob Ehrenkrona on giving up financial career to create Martin Miller's Gin

Published:  09 September, 2014 talked with Jacob Ehrenkrona, the chief executive of Martin Miller's gin, about why he gave up a career in venture capitalism to pursue the classic spirit.


Halewood International is always on the look out for the next "Crabbie's" says Richard Clark

Published:  08 August, 2014

Richard Clark, director of innovation at Halewood International, says the company is always on the lookout for the next Crabbie's, as it looks to drive innovation across all the drinks categories in its portfolio.