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English wine vintage 30% down on previous years

Published:  08 October, 2012

According to an English winemaker, 2012 could be the "disappearing vintage", as yields are down by as much as 30% compared with previous years.

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Negociants UK Winemaker Tour blog

Published:  28 September, 2012

With more and more kiwi-themed cafes and eateries popping up in London, the UK is increasingly beginning to feel like home for New Zealander Clive Jones from Nautilus Estate, one of the six pioneering winemakers travelling round the country on the The Negociants UK Winemaker Tour.

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Nelson Mandela's family unveil Fairtrade range

Published:  25 September, 2012

The daughter and grandaughter of former South African president, Nelson Mandela, are introducing a new Fairltrade wine range to the UK from South Africa.

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Mike Matthews: Croatian wine in a day at Delfina, London

Published:  07 September, 2012


Croatia is an area that has caused one or two murmurings recently. For me it's a bit of an unknown quantity. So what better way to bring myself up to speed on the Balkan states wine industry by sitting in on a couple of seminars explaining, and sampling, the delights of the nation's vinous offering's.

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Husband and wife chef/sommelier team open Bubbledogs

Published:  06 September, 2012

London's newest niche venue, hot dog and Champagne restaurant Bubbledogs, has opened with the aim of providing guests with a new "experience".

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Rolling update: Wineries make harvest predictions

Published:  29 August, 2012

As September looms, the wine industry in the northern hemisphere is keeping an anxious eye on its crops, with many having experienced unusual weather conditions earlier this year.

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Mixed Olympics results for drinks trade

Published:  16 August, 2012

The Olympics has brought a mixed set of results for drinks businesses - on-trade firms near Games venues saw uplifts in sales while other sites went quiet, while the off-trade saw sales of sparkling wines grow as customers celebrated Team GB medal wins.

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Champagne and sparkling wine to double market share

Published:  15 August, 2012

Champagne and sparkling wine is set to double its market share in the UK and overseas, according to data from TNS.

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At Your Service events - August and September

Published:  08 August, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events for August and September.

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Waitrose first UK supermarket to stock Chinese and Brazilian wines

Published:  07 August, 2012

Waitrose is to become the first supermarket to stock Chinese and Brazilian wine in the UK.

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Anne Krebiehl: her take on the New Zealand Medal Winners tasting

Published:  01 August, 2012

As the men and women of the beach volleyball teams fought it out in the preliminary matches on Horse Guards Parade below us, another measuring up took place at the Penthouse of New Zealand House: The New Zealand Medal Winners Tasting.

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New sales director at United Wineries

Published:  17 July, 2012

United Wineries has promoted Nathan Last to sales director with the aim of consolidating its position as the largest supplier of branded Spanish wines in the UK and driving growth in its Italian brands.

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Jenny Mackenzie: My take on Vinho Verde "Boys of Summer" tasting

Published:  03 July, 2012

Vinho Verde is a wine marketing gift: alliterative headlines; light, aromatic white wines; numerous indigenous grape varieties; moderate alcohol; affinity to tapas style food; and is helping to put Portugal firmly on the interesting wine regions radar.

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Douglas Blyde tucks into 'real wine and wild food' at North Road

Published:  27 June, 2012

It was an evening of evening of 'real' wine and wild food at North Road.

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England's Bacchus gives Loire and NZ wines a run for their money

Published:  21 June, 2012

England's Bacchus grape could give Loire and New Zealand wines a run for their money, according to the chair of this year's English and Welsh Wine Awards.

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English wine prices could be hiked to stem demand

Published:  07 June, 2012

Prices of English wine could begin to rise as producers attempt to stem the flow of demand on the back of celebrations.

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Supermarkets buoyant over Jubilee sparkling wine sales

Published:  07 June, 2012

The major multiples are jubilant over sparkling wine sales this bank holiday, with M&S reporting its biggest-ever week for bubbles, Waitrose seeing English wines sales soar 96% and Asda recording an 85% jump in Champagne.

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Waitrose sees record sales for English Wines

Published:  07 June, 2012

UK wine trebled sales and outperformed all other countries in May, for retailer Waitrose.

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On-trade benefits from Jubilee bank holiday

Published:  07 June, 2012

The Jubilee bank holiday weekend boosted bar and restaurant coffers as operators cashed in on the British theme and English sparkling wines soared. 

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Sparkling focus at new Urban Leisure Group venue

Published:  08 May, 2012

Urban Leisure Group is to open Central & Co, a brasserie and bar that aims to focus on sparkling wine.

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