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Australia: On-trade viewpoints

Published:  21 August, 2019

Lucy Britner asked leading on-trade figures what turns them on about Australian wines – and how they ensure those wines work on their list. Here are their replies. 


WoSA reveals Sommelier Cup finalists

Published:  02 August, 2019

The 11 finalists due to compete in the Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup competition have been unveiled.


Trade bids fond farewell to Gerard Basset

Published:  17 June, 2019

Winchester Cathedral provided a fitting setting on Friday for the memorial service of Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MBA, MSc (OIV), as members of the wine and hospitality worlds turned out in force to commemorate the remarkable life of a much loved and admired man.


WoSA announces UK’s first South African Wine Festival

Published:  15 May, 2019

Wines of South Africa (WoSA) is set to run its first South African Wine Festival in the UK.


Chaîne des Rôtisseurs unveils top young somm, chef and winner of Gerard Basset Tasting Trophy

Published:  26 March, 2019

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs has unveiled the winners of its Young Sommelier and Young Chef awards 2019, alongside the winner of the first Gerard Basset Tasting Trophy.


Baur au Lac’s Marc Almert awarded Best Sommelier in the World

Published:  19 March, 2019

Marc Almert, head sommelier at Baur au Lac, has been awarded Best Sommelier in the World at a ceremony held by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) in Antwerp.


UK Ruinart Sommelier Challenge winner announced

Published:  28 February, 2019

Jitka Auermüllerová from 67 Pall Mall has emerged top of the leader board in the UK Ruinart Sommelier Challenge 2019.


Where do we go from Grüner?

Published:  25 February, 2019

Food compatibility and top-quality wines have made Austria a secret weapon for sommeliers wanting to impress their guests. Jo Gilbert looks at which varieties, regions and styles head their lists.


Q&A: Matteo Montone, director of wine, Berners Tavern

Published:  20 February, 2019

Next month Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern at The London Edition is launching a new series entitled An Introduction to Wine, hosted by director of wine Matteo Montone. On Monday nights 12 guests will be guided through the basics of wine in the restaurant’s private dining room, with each guest receiving 15% off of their bill if they dine in the restaurant afterwards.


Ruinart offers once in a lifetime trip to top UK sommelier

Published:  23 January, 2019

Time is running out to sign up for the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge 2019, which will result in one young UK-based sommelier heading on an all-expenses paid trip to Champagne.


Win a buyers’ trip to Franciacorta with Harpers

Published:  21 January, 2019

With the sparkling wine category continuing to grow, Harpers and Franciacorta have teamed up to offer a fantastic buyers’ trip to the beautiful Franciacorta region.


Gerard Basset passes away

Published:  17 January, 2019

Harpers is saddened to hear that Gerard Basset has lost his battle with cancer and passed away on 17 January.


Armit Wines makes another round of appointments

Published:  08 January, 2019

Armit Wines has announced three new hires to its sales and marketing teams.


Joe Fattorini: Is your wine list upside down?

Published:  19 November, 2018

Not only is your wine list upside down, but you haven’t dropped your anchor. Joe Fattorini shares more wacky wisdom on the psychology of sales


Chaîne des Rôtisseurs GB Young Sommelier of the Year scoops international title

Published:  08 October, 2018

Aymeric Pollenne, of Hide and currently the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs GB Young Sommelier of the Year, has beaten stiff competition to win the overall International Young Sommelier 2018 title.


Armit boosts team with two key appointments

Published:  05 October, 2018

Armit Wines has appointed a new sales & marketing director alongside a key account & brand manager.


Over 65 sommeliers compete for Best Sommelier in the World

Published:  20 September, 2018

Over 65 sommeliers from 62 countries will be competing for the title of Best Sommelier in the World in Antwerp, from 11th to 15th March 2019.


Red Squirrel hires Clara Rubin to create education programme

Published:  31 July, 2018

Red Squirrel has hired wine educator and former sommelier Clara Rubin to the newly created role of head of engagement.


Q&A: Laure Patry, Pollen Street Social Group

Published:  19 July, 2018

Brexit may be a big headache, but London is still one of the best places in the world to be a sommelier, group head sommelier Laure Patry tells Harpers


Northern talent dominates Champagne Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year

Published:  17 July, 2018

Alex Freguin, head sommelier at Moor Hall in Ormskirk, West Lancashire has been crowned the Champagne Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year 2018.