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Best booze flicks for lockdown weekend

Published:  27 March, 2020

One week into lockdown, and you’ve exhausted all of Netflix ‘recommended for you’ offerings and are missing the world of wine. So why not kill two birds with one stone and stream a film about booze?

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New Zealand report: Blanc page

Published:  27 March, 2020

Enduringly popular and commanding a premium, NZ Sauvignon Blanc is nonetheless evolving with an eye on the future. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Argentina report: The beauty of buying in bulk

Published:  26 March, 2020

Argentina is upping its game to become a major player in boutique bulk, as Chris Wilson reports. 

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WSTA launches weekly coronavirus webinar

Published:  25 March, 2020

The WSTA has announced it is launching a weekly webinar series on coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on the world of wines and spirits. 

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WSTA ‘assumes' duty payments due today (25 March)

Published:  25 March, 2020

The WSTA, which has relentlessly called on the Chancellor to suspend duty payments, last night said it assumed the payments would be due today (25 March) with no formal response from the Treasury to suggest otherwise.

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Covid-19: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Published:  24 March, 2020

Writing an opinion piece about the Covid-19 pandemic and what it might mean for society, or the drinks trade specifically, is surely a fool’s errand. The information changes every few hours. It feels rather like trying to bottle goodwill, or as Adele so beautifully sang, setting fire to the rain.

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The Wine Society temporarily closes

Published:  24 March, 2020

The Wine Society has taken the decision to stop taking new orders and also to stop making deliveries with immediate effect. 

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Bacardi launches $3m on-trade support initiative

Published:  24 March, 2020

Bacardi has pledged $3m to support bars and restaurants around the world debilitated by the coronavirus  shutdown.   

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Drinks companies join forces to plea for duty suspension

Published:  23 March, 2020

An initial 32 drinks companies (all WSTA members) have joined forces to plea for a cash lifeline, calling collectively on the Chancellor to suspend duty.     

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Diageo GB funds drinks information line

Published:  22 March, 2020

Diageo has today launched an information phone line that will be available to support licensed business owners who want to access the commercial measures announced by the government. 

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Friday Read: UK wineries battle coronavirus crisis with British determination

Published:  20 March, 2020

Rapidly slowing exports, a pivoting to direct to consumer sales as on-trade sales stall and vineyards on lock down – such is the picture of the UK wine industry today as it grapples with the ongoing disruption from the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Cambridge indies react to coronavirus uncertainty

Published:  20 March, 2020

Cambridge-based Chris Wilson gets on his bike for a taste of what it’s like for those at the sharp end of wine retail.

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Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in the can

Published:  20 March, 2020

Lanchester Wines is to launch the UK’s first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in a 187ml can.

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LWF postpones 2020 event

Published:  20 March, 2020

London Wine Fair (LWF) has become the latest major wine event to be postponed due to coronavirus (Covid-19). 

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CIVB postpones inaugural Bordeaux Day

Published:  20 March, 2020

Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) has postponed its inaugural Bordeaux Day due to coronavirus (Covid-19).  

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Jancis Robinson publishes major list of indie wine retailers delivering to self-isolators

Published:  19 March, 2020

Jancis Robinson MW has published a major list of independent wine retailers that are keeping lines of sales and delivery open amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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Pierre Mansour, The Wine Society, on trade as the crisis escalates

Published:  19 March, 2020

Pierre Mansour, head buyer at The Wine Society, speaks to Andrew Catchpole on the immediate impact of the crisis, managing the spike in sales, supply and virtual initiatives to keep members engaged.

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Argentina report: Darling of 
the on-trade

Published:  19 March, 2020

Argentinian wine continues to be a UK success story, fighting through currency woes and falling wine consumption, 
as James 
Lawrence reports

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Greater urgency and clarity on business and on-trade support needed immediately

Published:  19 March, 2020

As the on-trade shuts down, suppliers and hospitality operators are continuing to press government and banks on the speed with which relief measures are needed by the trade.

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Coronavirus: Supplier responses to the Chancellor’s support measures

Published:  18 March, 2020

As the extraordinary complexity of the current situation fully sinks in, Andrew Catchpole discovers how those supplying the on-trade have reacted to the Chancellor’s support measures for businesses.

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