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Long Read: Accolade shakes up its global fine wine strategy

Published:  10 June, 2021

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Five minutes with Kit Ellen, Exton Park

Published:  31 May, 2021

Kit Ellen, MD at Hampshire’s Exton Park, distributed in the UK by Bancroft Wines, talks to Jo Gilbert about the winery’s intriguing shift in focus to ‘reserve blends’, a new standard-bearer for the wines based on its 10-year library of reserves.

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LWF: Beale describes path forward post UK 2020 ‘trade nadir’

Published:  17 May, 2021

The UK market remains an “attractive and diverse market place, but it is a very different one to the market it was 12 months ago”, according to Miles Beale, CEO of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

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Webinar to address the ‘existential’ on-trade staffing crisis

Published:  18 March, 2021

Robin Hutson, CEO of The Pig and Lime Wood hotels, Chantelle Nicholson, chef-patron of Tredwells and All's Well, and restaurateur Xavier Rousset MS are to headline a Staffing for Success webinar on Monday 22 March (3.30pm) on one of the biggest challenges facing the post-pandemic restaurant world.

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Covid and Phylloxera – lessons for the wine trade

Published:  11 March, 2021

Sam Hellyer, head of wine and spirits at Chiswick Auctions, counts 10 years at Oddbins as part of a varied résumé where he headed up the Fine Wine branch in Oxford.

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Wine: a discombobulating ride?

Published:  04 March, 2021

Will we ever understand wine drinkers?

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Long Read: Night-time economy is being left behind, say operators

Published:  25 February, 2021

The whole of the on-trade has been gravely impacted by the closures associated with Covid. However, the night-time economy, which looks set to fully reopen in July – two months after other indoor hospitality venues – continues to suffer the worst of the impact, with operators calling for more clarity on their future.

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Last call for SITT Digital Day

Published:  23 February, 2021

Independent buyers across the on- and off-trade have got just one day left to wait for the Specialist Importers Trade Tastings (SITT) virtual event.  

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Daou assembles dream team for Patrimony label

Published:  04 February, 2021

California’s Daou Family Estates has made four new hires in order to lead the advancement of its Patrimony Estate, including three former faces at Opus One.

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Vivino plans further UK investment following “skyrocketing” 2020 growth

Published:  04 February, 2021

400,000 in 2020, so a 20% increase.

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Nicholls marks one year Covid ‘anniversary’ – “We didn’t know it would be a tsunami”

Published:  21 January, 2021

UK Hospitality chief Kate Nicholls has renewed calls for additional government support a year on from her first strategy meetings with ministers at the beginning of the pandemic.

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London Wine Fair 2021 will be 100% digital

Published:  21 January, 2021

Organisers of the London Wine Fair (LWF) have discarded hopes of running a Covid-secure physical event and have now confirmed a virtual only schedule.

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Guy Woodward: Reasons to be cheerful(ish)

Published:  14 January, 2021

Four things I’m excited about in 2021…

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Tim Atkin MW: Adapting to survive

Published:  08 December, 2020

The numbers are terrifying. With the imminent closure of 124 Debenhams stores and the loss of 12,000 jobs, the high street has arguably suffered its highest-profile casualty since Woolworths back in 2009. Stir in the 13,000 Arcadia employees who are likely to swell the unemployment statistics before long – and the probable disappearance of Sir Philip Green’s Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins brands – and we are contemplating a toxic brew.

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WinesDirect Awards 2020

Published:  16 September, 2020

Harpers teamed up with WinesDirect for its third annual WinesDirect Awards. Voted for purely by consumers, the awards celebrate supermarkets, wine merchants 
and brands in the beers, wines and spirits industry.

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Eat Out to Help Out postcode checker launches alongside guidance for businesses

Published:  28 July, 2020

The government has released new guidance for businesses on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, which will enable bars and restaurants to claim back customer-facing discounts from 7 August.

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UK-wide bars and restaurants gear up to unveil new look on-trade this weekend

Published:  03 July, 2020

Bars, restaurants and pubs are expected to re-open in droves this weekend, with a complete overhaul of safety procedures set to establish a new normal for the British on-trade.

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New Zealand: Working with nature

Published:  03 July, 2020

New Zealand is one of the best-placed wine-producing countries to get the sustainability message across to consumers. Andrew Catchpole reports on how this paragon of environmental friendliness is furthering its green credentials

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Southern hemisphere winemakers share lessons from crisis harvesting

Published:  03 June, 2020

Producers from across the southern hemisphere have shared their experiences of what it was like to complete their 2020 harvests while infrastructure closed down around them and the movement of people became restricted.

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Social distancing research fuels on-trade debate

Published:  02 June, 2020

New research into the effectiveness of social distancing measures has renewed debate in the on-trade about the challenges of re-opening for business.

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