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Words to the wise

Published:  21 January, 2019

Fun fact: the Oxford Word of the Year 2018 was “toxic”. Why toxic, you ask? Every year, the eminent Oxford University institution chooses a word or expression that is judged to “reflect the ethos, mood or preoccupations of the passing year” and have “lasting potential as a term of cultural significance”.

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Académie Internationale du Vin appoints Lebanese winemaker

Published:  21 January, 2019

Prestigious wine body Académie Internationale du Vin has announced Elie Maamari - long-serving winemaker and export manager for leading Lebanese winery Château Ksara, has joined the fold.

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North South expands Italian portfolio with Azienda Agricola Cortese

Published:  21 January, 2019

North South Wines has expanded its Italian menu with the addition of Stefano Girelli’s Sicilian estate, Azienda Agricola Cortese.

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Armit adds Terroir Sense Fronteres to portfolio

Published:  21 January, 2019

Armit Wines has added Terroir Sense Fronteres from Montsant to its portfolio.

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Win a buyers’ trip to Franciacorta with Harpers

Published:  21 January, 2019

With the sparkling wine category continuing to grow, Harpers and Franciacorta have teamed up to offer a fantastic buyers’ trip to the beautiful Franciacorta region.

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Champagne Castelnau appoints marketing and communications director

Published:  18 January, 2019

Champagne Castelnau has strengthened its marketing team with the appointment Olivier Legrand.

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Amathus takes on Org de Rac

Published:  18 January, 2019

Amathus Drinks has signed a deal as the UK distributor of organically certified South African wine producer Org de Rac.

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Q&A: Dr Jamie Goode, wine critic, judge and author

Published:  18 January, 2019

Andrew Catchpole catches up with the Goode doctor to discover what makes his critical faculties tick

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Jerry Lockspeiser: 2019 - The year 'better' wine died

Published:  17 January, 2019

For the last few years one of my nieces has been developing her clothes retail business. She now has four outlets, three in London and one in Barcelona. She sells vintage clothes, along with a smattering of modern stuff and some accessories.

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There may be trouble ahead…

Published:  17 January, 2019

The number of leaders with confidence in the future of their own company within the eating and drinking-out market took a knock in the three months to November 2018, according to the latest CGA Business Confidence Survey.

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The Aussie-Anglo Alliance

Published:  17 January, 2019

It’s well reported that Australian wine sales into mainland China have been booming, driven by a compelling mix of favourable trade deals, attractiveness of style to Chinese consumers and a firm commitment by the Australian industry to push into that market. Moreover, as with many other territories around the world, the US included, such buyers are prepared to pay a good price for the pleasure of listing the wines.

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Lea & Sandeman expands on-trade team

Published:  17 January, 2019

Lea & Sandeman has expanded its on-trade team with the addition of Sophie Picheta.

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NZ 200th anniversary focus turns to regionality after bumper UK year

Published:  17 January, 2019

The annual New Zealand trade tasting pushed a new focus on regionality at this year’s London event on 16 January, with the aim of furthering understanding of the country’s diversity of wine styles with restaurants and independent merchants.

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Hallgarten expands Lismore portfolio

Published:  17 January, 2019

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has expanded its line of wines from South Africa's Lismore Estate with the addition of the producer's Reserve trio.

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Back to business

Published:  16 January, 2019

Bibendum PLB is reasserting itself as a major premium player on the UK wine scene. Andrew Catchpole meets
chief executive Michael Saunders to discover what’s in store

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Naked Wines awards Plumpton student £9,000 bursary

Published:  16 January, 2019

Naked Wines has announced it will award a Plumpton College wine student a £9,000 bursary as part of its 10th birthday celebrations.

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Festive period provides cheer for on-trade

Published:  15 January, 2019

Managed pubs and restaurants saw a 4.1% collective like-for-like sales increase across the festive season compared to the same period the prevous year. 

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Distell names new premium wine company

Published:  15 January, 2019

South African juggernaut Distell has officially announced the launch of its new premium wine division which will go by the name Libertas Vineyards and Estates.

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Greencroft on target to become largest UK bottling operation

Published:  14 January, 2019

Major investment by Lanchester Wine Cellars in its bottling subsidiary Greencroft is to see production boosted from 100 million litres in 2018 to a capacity of between 3-400 million litres by early 2020.

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That was the year that was

Published:  14 January, 2019

As we eagerly await the Christmas trading results, Lisa Riley looks back at 2018 and the ups and downs across the drinks categories

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