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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  04 April, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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?Growth of private label wines overtakes brands in multiples

Published:  04 April, 2014

Growth of private label wines is outpacing branded wines, and now accounts for over one-third of wines on offer across the major retailers.

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Drinkaware accuses trade of not doing enough to promote unit guidelines

Published:  04 April, 2014

Drinkaware says consumers are confused over unit guidelines and called on the industry to do more.

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Tim Atkin MW: Why en primeur is not working

Published:  04 April, 2014

Tim Atkin MW on why the en primeur system needs urgent reform to not only regain the trust of critics and the trade alike but most importantly keep it relevant and credible to future investors. 

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Peer recommendations and traffic building search tools are vital for online wine sales

Published:  04 April, 2014

Bernadette Costello reports on the growing importance of online recommendations and why it is vital you find ways to convince search engines to drive more traffic to your website

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ProWein: What the trade thought of the 2014 show

Published:  04 April, 2014

Last month it seemed like the entire UK wine trade had decamped to Düsseldorf for ProWein. The Harpers team was there to find out what key trends emerged and why the show is now so important.

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Gareth Morgan discusses the drawbacks of older vintages being absent in wine classes

Published:  03 April, 2014

Gareth Morgan, a wine educator, is concerned over the obvious absence of older vintages in wine classes for the public.

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Morgenrot launches bee-saving wine at M&B

Published:  03 April, 2014

Manchester-based importer Morgenrot has teamed up with Mitchells & Butlers to launch Planetbee, a South African Chenin Blanc, which is donating money from each sale to safeguard the bee population.

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Viñalba launches Malbec and Cabernet blend

Published:  03 April, 2014

Argentinian wine brand Viñalba has launched Reservado Fifty 50, a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Stevens Garnier to add major brand every six months

Published:  03 April, 2014

Stevens Garnier is on the look-out for major old world brands, and plans to boost its portfolio by adding one every six months.

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Laura Clay impressed by 'frank' Ribera del Duero judging

Published:  03 April, 2014

Laura Clay is impressed by the straightforward way the Ribera de Duero evaluates its wines. If only en primeur could be this easy...

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Naked Wines' bond-funded fine wine is ready

Published:  03 April, 2014
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Pressure on wine shipments mounts as US ports still deadlocked over contracts

Published:  03 April, 2014

Strike threats at western US sea ports are ongoing, with wine logistics experts predicting major problems for those who have not planned ahead.

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Get your five a day with new vegetable cocktail range

Published:  02 April, 2014

Those struggling to get through their five or seven fresh vegetables a day might want to try a new range of vegetable cocktails from mixologist Thomas Weinberger of Barschule München.

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Obituary: Seckford Agencies' Sue Whelan dies

Published:  02 April, 2014

Sue Whelan, sales manager at Seckford Agencies until her retirement in 2010, has lost her brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  

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Bordeaux wine sales to UK grow 14% in 2013

Published:  02 April, 2014

Bordeaux wines have grown 14.2% by volume and 18.6% by value in the last year, according to figures collated by market research firm IRI.

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Beautiful South Tasting scaled back

Published:  02 April, 2014

The Beautiful South Tasting, organised by the generic bodies representing South Africa, Chile and Argentina, is to scale back its 2014 event.

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Chilean wine exports to UK fall by one third in 2013

Published:  02 April, 2014

The UK is still the second largest export market for Chilean wine, but volumes have plummeted by 34% in the last year, with value down 17%.

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New Generation Wines to distribute Guerrieri Rizzardi wines

Published:  02 April, 2014

New Generation Wines has signed a deal to become Italy's Guerrieri Rizzardi's exclusive importer and agent in the UK.

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En primeur: rapid campaign to unfold, but no demand

Published:  02 April, 2014

Following the surprising early release price of Pontet-Canet last week at €60-a-bottle - the same as 2012 - sources in Bordeaux say that the campaign will be very short, with many wines releasing prices by next week.

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