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The Wine Society appoints new CEO

Published:  03 September, 2018

The Wine Society has appointed current Clarks chief commercial officer Steve Finlan as its new CEO.

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Lidl consultants look ahead to the retailer's Autumn Wine Tour

Published:  03 September, 2018

Lidl has introduced its Autumn Wine Tour selection, with the focus firmly on France. The ‘Wine Tour’ comprises 25 wines, all French, which will be available for two months in all of Lidl’s 710 stores, from September 28. In addition to their core range of 100 wines, the group bring in six ‘wine tours’ per year, each comprising 25 wines.

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Bancroft takes on first Clare Valley producer

Published:  03 September, 2018

Bancroft Wines has added Skillogalee to its Australian portfolio marking the launch of its first Clare Valley wines.

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‘Dream’ growing season for UK producers

Published:  02 September, 2018

UK wine producers have experienced a ‘dream growing season’ on the back of the hot summer weather.

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Jascots adds Sekt producer Schloss Vaux to tap fizz trend

Published:  02 September, 2018

Jascots has added Sekt Estate producer Schloss Vaux to its portfolio to tap Brits’ continued thirst for bubbles.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Are commercial bribes acceptable in the wine business?

Published:  29 August, 2018

A question to test the mettle of any commercial wine buyer: What are the criteria you use to select your wine range?

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Prosecco DOC anticipates ‘one of the best productions’ to date

Published:  29 August, 2018

The Tutelary Consortium for Prosecco DOC has announced it is anticipating one of the best productions to date for the Italian bubbles.

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Armit Wines announces release of Torre de Oña Martelo 2014

Published:  28 August, 2018

Armit Wines has announced it will be releasing Torre de Oña Martelo 2014 from Torre de Oña next month.

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The Wine Show confirms it’s ‘in talks’ with Oval Space about ‘wine event’ in place of cancelled The Wine Show ‘Live’

Published:  28 August, 2018

The Wine Show has confirmed it is in “active discussion” with Oval Space to arrange an event' for next year following the cancellation of The Wine Show ‘Live' wine festival earlier this year. 
 
A spokesman for the Channel 5 programme told Harpers no dates had been set, but said the programme was in talks with Oval Space to "arrange a wine event” for 2019, with exact dates to be released when “fully confirmed”.
 
The originally planned three-day wine festival, which was announced in May and was set to take place in London from the 10th to the 12th of August this year, had been postponed due to “logistical difficulties that would ultimately have impacted the entire production", said Oval Space.
 
“We decided to postpone until next year due to our commitment to producing an exceptional event - there were some difficulties which hampered this endeavour so we felt that rather than cancel, we should postpone to give us enough runway to manage these challenges,” event producer Layla Qassim told Harpers.
 
Ticket holders for The Wine Show ‘Live’ wine festival had been contacted at the beginning of July this year and offered the option of either a full refund or to hold the tickets for the new dates, she added.
 
The original The Wine Show ‘Live’, developed in partnership with Channel 5's The Wine Show, was set to be hosted by the show’s presenters - Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer, who were set to be joined by 11 producers from around the world. 
 
The festival was scheduled to included masterclasses by the hosts in addition to the producers showcasing their top picks.
 
Plans for a 2019 event has yet to be revealed. 

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Repositioning South Africa

Published:  28 August, 2018

Celebrated by critics but crippled by drought and low returns, South Africa rarely has an easy ride. 

Few in the trade could have missed the ongoing challenges facing South Africa’s wine producers as the worst drought in 100 years continues to afflict the Cape. With the 2018 crop predicted to be down by 15% after two years of water shortage that almost saw Cape Town meet “day zero” and turn off its domestic supply, the harvest has been described by Bibendum’s South Africa buyer, Paul Meihuizen, as “the most challenging I have ever known”.

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WSTA reveals keynote annual conference speakers

Published:  28 August, 2018

The WSTA has announced two keynote speakers in advance of its annual conference.

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Plumpton College creates wine brand manager position

Published:  23 August, 2018

Plumpton College has appointed Danielle Whitehead to the role of wine brand manager - a newly created position.

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Rhône coops chase cru margins to balance tough market

Published:  22 August, 2018

Rhône Valley cooperatives are on a mission to premiumise their offering, as market pressures mean they can “no longer compete with the New World at £3 a bottle”.

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Berry Bros & Rudd opens trial concession at London Bridge

Published:  22 August, 2018

Berry Bros & Rudd has confirmed to Harpers it is running a trial concession in London Bridge train station but would not comment further on future plans and whether the concept may be rolled out to other sites.

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Germany sees earliest grape harvests on record

Published:  22 August, 2018

Germany has seen its earliest grape harvests on record this year due to warm weather and early flowering.

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Smart packaging: wine gets clever

Published:  21 August, 2018

With so much attention to detail going into what’s inside the bottle, marketing and packaging innovation can sometimes be seen as an afterthought in the wine industry. But as new and more inventive technologies appear on the horizon, companies are now showing that smart packaging can be a vital tool in the ongoing battle of engaging consumers and decoding shopping habits. 

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Harpers regulars Atkin and Woodward go ‘mano a mano’ for International Wine Columnist Award

Published:  21 August, 2018

With only two weeks to go until the 4 September final of the prestigious Louis Roederer International Wine Awards, Harpers columnists Tim Atkin MW and Guy Woodward are among the hopeful writers awaiting the final judging decisions.

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Waitrose at forefront of organic wine boom

Published:  21 August, 2018

Waitrose has revealed that organic wine sales are up 57% year-on-year as customers look for more sustainable wines.

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Madeira: Bringing it all back home with Archie McDiarmid

Published:  20 August, 2018

Barbeito Madeira through their UK importer, Raymond Reynolds, run the hugely successful #MadeiraDay competition in December each year, bringing together independent retailers from all over the UK in celebration of this outstanding fortified wine. Luvians won the 2017 edition and after being presented with our certificate at the Big Fortified Tasting earlier this year, I got the chance to fly out to the island (this Portuguese colony lies some 280 miles off the coast of Africa) to get a personal perspective on how this bewitching wine is made.

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Experience economy increasing consumer confidence in wine

Published:  20 August, 2018

Consumer confidence in the wine category is increasing, driven by the ‘experience economy’ and the growing engagement with the drinks category, research analyst Wine Intelligence has claimed.

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