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Mike Turner: Should parents let their kids have a go at wine?

Published:  20 September, 2016

There's been a few bits and pieces in the UK press recently about parents allowing their kids to drink alcohol with them at an earlier age than 18.

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Insights: Vodka's back and going premium

Published:  20 September, 2016

Vodka may have hung on to its crown in recent years, but the gin renaissance certainly tempted a few of its followers. But make no mistake: vodka is back and its returning to form with a more premium offer

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Analysis: Soave has evolved

Published:  16 September, 2016

If searching for lighter white wines that are easily accessible and affordable, possessing a rich history with a signature grape variety and complex soils with the capacity to age (if given a chance), a keen shop owner or sommelier would be advised to look into the 'New Soave'.

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The Smith Report: New packaging formats are getting crafty

Published:  16 September, 2016

Wine has always been resistant to any format other than the classic 75cl bottle, but it has to start relaxing its approach to move forward

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Q&A: Ian Harris, Wine & Spirit Education Trust

Published:  15 September, 2016

During his 14-year stint at the helm, Ian Harris has transformed the WSET into the leading global wine education body.

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Silver linings: a post-Brexit boom?

Published:  15 September, 2016

Life after the referendum may not be as bad for the hospitality business as some feared

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Profile: Henry Butler, Butler's Wine Cellar

Published:  12 September, 2016

With two Brighton shops and a share in a hybrid wine bar in Hove, vino purveyor Henry Butler is the de facto wine chap about town.

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Insights: Could Prosecco pricing be under pressure again this year?

Published:  12 September, 2016

Taking a look back at the Prosecco pricing bubble in 2015, ahead of this year's harvest, Harpers.co.uk investigates if it could happen again.

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Analysis: Exploring the Loire

Published:  08 September, 2016

Happily for the adventurous among us the Loire Valley is brimming with epicurean opportunity. If you need an acid-fresh white or two on the list, there are plenty less familiar names than the ubiquitous Sancerre to turn to. In the hunt for alternatives, let's start with some of the more obvious choices.

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Insights: Suppliers provide in-depth data reports to attract and support customers

Published:  07 September, 2016

Anecdotal evidence about on-trade trends is being replaced by much more in-depth research from suppliers, delivering an invaluable sales asset for both wholesalers and accounts.

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Q&A: Andrew Shaw, group wine buying director, Conviviality PLC

Published:  06 September, 2016

Conviviality PLC operates under numerous trading identities, including its retail arms Bargain Booze and Wine Rack. Having acquired leading wholesaler Matthew Clark in 2015, Conviviality added Bibendum PLB to its armoury in May 2016, with that group already operating a multi-channel sales strategy - Bibendum focusing on the on-trade, PLB on multiple off-trade and Walker & Wodehouse looking after the independent sector.

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Insights: Sake's new image

Published:  05 September, 2016

Not long ago sake was the preserve of Japanese restaurants, often low quality, cheap and served hot. But standards and times have changed with the rise in popularity of superior premium sakes.

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Analysis: Liberty Wines' On-Trade 2016 report highlights opportunties in the on-trade

Published:  02 September, 2016

Ahead of its tasting later this month,  Liberty Wines' Premium On-Trade 2016 report shows where the opportunities lie in an ever-changing landscape.

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Insights: The importance of a well-honed drinks list

Published:  31 August, 2016

With new openings driving fierce competition, hitting the ground running with a well-honed drinks list is key. But how is it done?

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Part 1: Popularity for tequilas and mezcals in the on-trade rises

Published:  26 August, 2016

With mezcal and tequila taking off in the UK, harpers.co.uk looks at what is driving the trend in a three part series.

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Greek wines make headway in the UK

Published:  24 August, 2016

Hellenic winemaking techniques have helped make Greek wine slowly make headway in the UK and helps brighten the country's prospects for the future

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The Smith Report: Life beyond the back of the bar

Published:  24 August, 2016

With rising demand for on-trade consultants, bar staff now have ample opportunities out of house. At last month's Bols Business Class in Bristol leaders discussed what it takes to get started.

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Q&A: Jon Usabiaga, chief winemaker, Viña Aresti

Published:  19 August, 2016
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Analysis: Croatian, Slovenian and Turkish wines are offering really points of difference

Published:  19 August, 2016

Croatia, Slovenia and Turkey are increasingly recognised as fertile territory for wines offering real points of difference.

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Profile: Richard Lecoche of Great Western Wine on the business' growth as part larger Enotria

Published:  17 August, 2016

It's been six years since Great Western Wine was acquired by Enotria and the deal has helped take both businesses to new heights.

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