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Jerry Lockspeiser: Lessons from the Tory leadership – are we heading into disaster?

Published:  21 July, 2022

Oh dear, perhaps it was always too much to hope for. The embarrassment of the country being led by a self-serving clown has finally timed out, but the opportunity for serious politics to be rehabilitated looks certain to be missed.

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Profile: Following on from FMV

Published:  19 July, 2022

Two years on from the dismemberment of FMV, Bancroft Wines is focusing on initiating its new producers into the ‘family’ in a post-Covid world. Jo Gilbert reports.

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Lad culture called out for continuing to sideline women in whisky

Published:  21 February, 2022

The whisky industry is still suffering from a prevailing “laddish culture” by some consumers and members of the trade who see female employees as a “novelty”, the head of Penderyn’s distillery operations has said.

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Highest volumes of Champagne produced for 10 years

Published:  16 February, 2022

Since March 2020 the Champagne market has been on ice, with little cause for celebration during a global pandemic that has reduced so many gatherings and engagements to a Zoom call.

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Laithwaites launches new Sicilian label packaged in 'wild' glass

Published:  25 January, 2022

Online retailer Laithwaites has enhanced its sustainability credentials with the release of W/O (standing for 'without') Frappato 2020, an organic Sicilian red housed in ‘wild’ glass – claiming a UK first for wine.

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Condor Wines adds six new organic wines to its portfolio

Published:  28 September, 2021

A leading specialist UK importer of South American wines has expanded its range with the addition of six organic labels, made by Argentine producer Bodega Piedra Negra.

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Masi wraps organic range in sustainable style

Published:  09 September, 2021

Italian wine producer Masi Estates has launched a new range of organic wines in 100% sustainable packaging to meet growing consumer concern over sustainability.

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UK’s 50 Best Indies 2021: 21-30

Published:  08 September, 2021

Welcome to the release of our third tranche of our 50 Best Indies list, from 21-30, also featuring all of those that have made it into the ranking from 31-50.

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Ready-made cocktails take off

Published:  06 September, 2021

Pre-batched cocktails hit the spot when it comes to consistency, reducing waste and prep time, according to their advocates, as Lisa Riley reports.

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Bring back brandy

Published:  31 August, 2021

The dark spirit has fallen out of fashion when it comes to cocktails, but there are many reasons to reconsider brandy as a mixing ingredient. Jacopo Mazzeo reports.

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Maxim Schulte backs bottled cocktails

Published:  18 August, 2021

Top bartender Maxim Schulte has become the latest star in the quality bar and restaurant firmament to back pre-bottled cocktails, via a new partnership with LAIBA Beverages.

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Long Read: Talking terroir in Spain

Published:  03 June, 2021

Priorat has taken a bold step in committing itself to a hierarchical classification of terroir.

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First roll out of Absolut’s paper bottle launches in the UK

Published:  25 January, 2021

Pernod Ricard’s flagship vodka brand, Absolut, will be rolling out its prototype “paper” bottle from today (25 January), initially in both the UK and Sweden.

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Bars and restaurants are footing the Covid bill

Published:  15 October, 2020

The government has made a meal out of eating out, with serious repercussions for the trade. Chris Losh reports

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Brewdog teases Bad Beer Vodka as brewer celebrates carbon negativity

Published:  24 August, 2020

Beer powerhouse Brewdog is continuing to pave the way for sustainable action as it teases the launch of a zero waste vodka made from brews which are not quite in spec or too old to sell.

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Pernod Ricard issues more upbeat guidance for 2020

Published:  23 July, 2020

Pernod Ricard is predicting a softer impact on its business as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, according to its latest guidance for its 2020 results.

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Essex farmer launches first British grown Baijiu

Published:  13 January, 2020

Baijiu, China’s most popular and enduring spirit, has continued its outward march into international markets over the past year with a new London-based spirits body and a global partnership with Pernod Ricard.

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Cider is Wine alliance gains momentum with new member

Published:  17 September, 2019

Cider is Wine, the new trade alliance that aims to create a “global cider category” made from 100% apples (or pears for perry) has gained a new member.

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Christmas indie predictions: trends and top tips for the festive season

Published:  17 September, 2019

Speaking to independent merchants on the September tasting circuit it’s clear that their minds have already turned to Christmas and what is for them the busiest time of the year.

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Cider aligns with wine

Published:  16 September, 2019

A new association aiming to promote cider’s quality credentials is putting it side-by-side with wine. Jo Gilbert looks at how it holds up

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