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English wine experts question need for regionality

Published:  25 January, 2013

Harpers hears from leading experts on English sparkling about whether establishing a cru-based identification system would help estates promote their wines better on an international stage.


Asda reports sparkling sales following £10 Champagne deal

Published:  21 January, 2013

Asda has reported a 23% rise in Champagne and sparkling wine sales over the Christmas period.


'Crus' for English sparkling wines

Published:  17 January, 2013

Leading English sparkling wine producers have called for estates to shout about their individual growing areas in a bid to communicate their regional differences better.


Offering Champagne at Cava prices could 'seriously damage' category

Published:  21 December, 2012

Noel Reid, wine and spirits buyer at Frederic Robinson has said positioning Champagne at prices not far above that of Prosecco or Cava could "very seriously damage the reputation of the entire segment".


Call for entries for the third International du Gamay competition

Published:  17 December, 2012

Inter Beaujolais is calling for entries to the third International du Gamay competition, which this year will also feature a new category for sparkling wines.


Louis Latour Agencies looks to bolster portfolio

Published:  13 December, 2012

Louis Latour Agencies is looking to boost its portfolio with producers from Champagne and Spain.


BAR offers full British drinks service to event organisers in 2013

Published:  13 December, 2012

Event and venue organisers will be able to offer a full range of award winning British drinks and produce thanks to a new service launching early in 2013.


Top-end bubbly hits all-time high

Published:  15 November, 2012

Sales of top-end fizz have hit record highs as consumers "tired of austerity" splash out on affordable luxuries, according to leading trade players.


Mike Matthews looks at new styles emerging from New Zealand at its New Release trade tasting

Published:  29 October, 2012

Albariño and Arneis may not be synonymous with New Zealand; it's a far cry from the usual fare we are used to. Add in Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon Gris, the Blanc's mutant brother, and we get to build a picture of New Zealand's more adventurous side.


English Wine Producers reassure trade it's 'business as usual'

Published:  11 October, 2012

English Wine Producers has reassured the industry that it is "business as usual" regarding the 2012 vintage, despite the news Nyetimber has made the decision not to pick this year.


Stevens Garnier launches Brazilian wine range

Published:  10 October, 2012

UK agent Stevens Garnier has launched a range of wines from Brazilian producer Aurora, in a bid to be at the forefront of interest surrounding the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.


England's newest vineyard to target export market

Published:  09 October, 2012

The owners of Domaine de Sainte Rose in France have bought 35 hectares in East Kent with the view of targeting its sparkling wines at the export market.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.