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It's wet on our Somerset vines

Published:  13 February, 2014
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Q&A with Rupert Berkmann of Berkmann Wine Cellars

Published:  13 February, 2014

Rupert Berkmann, managing director of Berkmann Wine Cellars, joined the family company 10 years ago. At the company's 50th anniversary tasting he talks to Anne Krebiehl about the firm and his vision.

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Major drinks firms back Harpers call to get producers behind Call Time on Duty campaign

Published:  13 February, 2014

Direct Wines, Matthew Clark and Bibendum are just three of the big name UK wine companies that have got behind the Harpers initiative to get as many wine producers as possible to back the Wine & Spirit Trade Association-led Call Time on Duty campaign and make the government aware how damaging its on-going alcohol duty strategy is on the UK drinks industry.

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Buyers bullish as larger harvests are a boon for entry level wines

Published:  13 February, 2014

With stronger harvests around the world in 2013 and 2014, more established markets look likely to make a comeback in the entry level bulk wines market.

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Jacob's Creek struggles as Pernod Ricard returns slight increase in half year sales

Published:  13 February, 2014

Pernod Ricard saw a slight sales increase in the UK, but said Jacob's Creek struggled in a wine market that is "highly sensitive to promotion" in the first half of the year.

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English vineyards escape flood damage

Published:  13 February, 2014

The wettest weather in over 100 years has had little effect on English vineyards.

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Matthew Clark's annual tasting a 'complete departure'

Published:  12 February, 2014

Matthew Clark's annual tasting is set to be a "complete departure" from previous years, and its biggest to date.

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Fine wine prices fall in January for first time in 12 years

Published:  12 February, 2014

For the the first time in 12 years the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index fell by 0.9% in January, a traditionally strong month.

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?India's Soul Tree Wines targets UK retail

Published:  12 February, 2014
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McWilliam's switches from PLB to Kingsland Wines & Spirits

Published:  12 February, 2014

Australian winery McWilliam's has moved its UK business from PLB to Kingsland Wines & Spirits.

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Q&A with Laurie Davis, wine controller at Matthew Clark

Published:  11 February, 2014

Laurie Davis, wine controller at on-trade supplier Matthew Clark, tells Gemma McKenna how the company is strengthening its wine reputation and growing sales.

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Matthew Clark boosts wine reputation and sales

Published:  11 February, 2014

Matthew Clark is growing its wine business as more on-trade customers seek it out for a broader range of wines.

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?Brangelina's Rosé to be sold at Berry Bros

Published:  10 February, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval Rosé released its second vintage last week and Berry Bros. & Rudd will get the first pre-allocation of the wine to be sold in the UK.

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Bodegas Muriel to target independents with its Rioja wines through Moreno Wines

Published:  07 February, 2014

Spanish producer, Bodegas Muriel, is looking to strengthen its distibution in the independent sector after signing an exclusive agreement with Moreno Wines having already built up good distribution in the multiple off-trade through Off Piste Wines. 

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

Published:  07 February, 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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Brazilian wines are all set for mainstream distribution across the UK ahead of the World Cup

Published:  07 February, 2014

Wines of Brasil is looking to galvanise support for its wines in the UK on the back of this summer's World Cup with new marketing and promotional campaigns.

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Bibendum's Michael Saunders: "Why wine isn't enough..."

Published:  07 February, 2014

Sourcing and selling wine at Bibendum is the day job; it stands out from the competition by what it can tell its customers about their own businesses. Managing director, Michael Saunders

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Getting ready for SITT : Spring clean your wine list

Published:  07 February, 2014

Ahead of this month's SITT tastings, Erin Smith talks to key suppliers about how they hope to help independents give their range a boost

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?The Smith report: The rise of the Great British pound

Published:  07 February, 2014

Erin Smith assesses the currency map as the pound continues to gain ground

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Improving picture for UK wine trade, says Rabobank

Published:  06 February, 2014
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