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LWF: UK retains top five status as global market for still and sparkling imports

Published:  22 May, 2019

The UK remains the world’s second biggest importer of still and sparkling wine, analysts have confirmed - despite the era of high volume wine sales being “over for good”.

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Plumpton: A new wine epicentre

Published:  16 May, 2019

As the founder of Plumpton College’s wine division prepares to depart for pastures new, Jo Gilbert finds out what the future holds for this rapidly evolving institution.

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UK leads the ‘non-alc’ sector with 271 premium launches in the past year

Published:  15 May, 2019

The UK is at the forefront of innovation in the ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’ sector, new research has found – ahead of usual trendsetter, the US.

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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.

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Bibendum-PLB takes trophy at annual Santa Rita Arsenal event

Published:  15 May, 2019

The annual Santa Rita 120 Arsenal Experience was won this year by a team from Bibendum-PLB.

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WSTA challenges Gove over proposed deposit return scheme

Published:  14 May, 2019

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called on Michael Gove, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, to exclude glass from a proposed deposit return scheme (DRS) aimed at reducing the use of plastic in packaging.

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CIVB brings pop-up bar to Bristol

Published:  14 May, 2019

The Conseil Interprofessionnel Du Vin De Bordeaux (CIVB) is to open its pop-up Bar Bordeaux in Bristol at the end of May – the first to be held outside London.

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Skinny Prosecco founders launch vegan, no-alcohol fizz

Published:  14 May, 2019

This month will see the launch of the UK’s first organic, vegan, alcohol-free sparkling wine, its producers claim.

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‘Temperature crisis’ could lead to a major re-shuffle of global wine production and demand

Published:  13 May, 2019

Vinegrowing and winemaking worldwide could look very different in the next 30 years, a climate change expert has announced, as the planet accelerates towards a temperature crisis fifty years earlier than expected.

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UK independent distilleries break £2bn barrier

Published:  13 May, 2019

Sales for the UK’s independent spirits distilleries exceeded £2 billion for the first time last year, according to research from private equity house Growthdeck.

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People's Choice Awards recognises women-driven wines

Published:  03 May, 2019

A wine competition judged by consumers has added a new category to highlight the contributions of female winemakers.

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LWF fees came from “aggrieved” exhibitors

Published:  02 May, 2019

The London Wine Fair’s boss has come out in defence of the decision to charge certain visitors to this year’s show, saying the decision came from consultations with “several long-standing exhibitors, who were aggrieved that competitive businesses were not taking a stand yet attending the show en masse with a view to trading”.

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González Byass UK MD says first Tio Pepe En Rama was “a risk”

Published:  02 May, 2019

Tio Pepe is celebrating ten years of shaking up moribund sherry sales with its en rama or ‘raw’ sherries, which established a new category in the UK.

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Ten years of Tio Pepe En Rama

Published:  02 May, 2019

A decade ago, González Byass UK managed to shake up a moribund sherry category with Tio Pepe En Rama. Jo Gilbert dissects its success

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Flavoured and spiced to replace white as favourite rum style in UK off-trade

Published:  30 April, 2019

Flavoured and spiced rums are storming their way to becoming the most drunk style of rum in the off-trade, and could be the most sold style in the UK by the end of the year.

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Sustainability accreditation in the works for UK wine

Published:  26 April, 2019

A new sustainability and climate change mitigation scheme for the UK wine industry could be complete by the end of the year.

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Côtes du Rhône targets 30-45 age group for new global campaign

Published:  25 April, 2019

The trade body for France’s Côtes du Rhône has unveiled plans to target consumers in their thirties and forties, with a new logo and marketing strapline that highlights the region’s quality, heritage and provenance.

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Hardys launches on-trade foodies wine range

Published:  17 April, 2019

Hardys, the wine brand from Accolade Wines, is targeting food matching with its new on-trade exclusive ‘Foodies Range’.

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UK’s top 100 bartenders announced

Published:  11 April, 2019

Diageo Reserve has announced its 2019 World Class Top 100 bartenders, putting the spotlight on the best and brightest of the UK bar world.

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The Naked Gun

Published:  11 April, 2019

The Majestic brand has taken a bullet and is soon to be haemorrhaging stores, handing an opportunity to independents to fill the gap. Jo Gilbert reports

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