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Rioja 2018 given the thumbs up from the DOCa despite weather woes

Published:  17 April, 2019

The Rioja vintage for 2018 has been classified as ‘Good’ despite the uncertainty around the impact of unpredictable weather conditions on the region.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: What’s the cost of a decent bottle of wine?

Published:  17 March, 2019

The You and Yours programme on BBC Radio 4 recently ran a piece in which a £7.50 Chinese wine in Sainsbury’s was described by the interviewer as “cheap and cheerful”. A flurry of listeners comments followed, aghast that £7.50 should be thought cheap. Many were paying £4-5, unable to afford more, and generally happy with what they were buying. One listener said his wine buff family members couldn’t tell the difference between his £4-5 wines and more expensive ones anyway.

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2018 Burgundy: excellent reds and solid whites

Published:  19 November, 2018

Panos Kakaviatos reports from Hospices de Beaune on the ins and outs of the 2018 vintage. 

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Wines of Japan: Harpers takes a closer look at what the country has to offer

Published:  08 November, 2018

Japan has had a boost in winemaking productivity over the past decade, particularly among smaller, artisanal producers who are now leading the charge for quality and innovation. We took a closer look at a country which is focusing outwards on growing its reputation and inwards on winemaking expertise.

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Low disease pressure and minimal intervention casts warm glow over UK wine industry

Published:  24 October, 2018

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The week that was

Published:  19 October, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Why companies with a lot to lose usually do

Published:  19 October, 2018

“In today's fast-paced world, leaders need to move at speed. The rate of innovation and change in organisations and the challenges of impatient investors or shareholders mean leadership decisions must be quick, smart and deliver real impact. “

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Low alcohol wine still losing out to mocktails and beer

Published:  12 July, 2018

We know that consumers are more health conscious than ever before, with sustainably sourced avocado on toast becoming the zeitgeist for a generation which is also increasingly moderating its alcohol consumption.

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Bisol puts the spotlight on top tier Prosecco

Published:  22 June, 2018

Leading Italian producer Bisol has announced a portfolio overhaul to enforce its position as the “benchmark” for Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene DOCG – one of the two main DOCGs for Prosecco.

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Italian diversity paving the way for premium Prosecco?

Published:  20 June, 2018

A greater appreciation of Italy’s regions and varietal diversity could be laying the groundwork for the longevity of Prosecco, according to experts.

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Meet The Buyers: Noel Reid, Robinsons Brewery

Published:  29 May, 2018

Our series continues with wine buyer Noel Reid, who oversees the evolving and quality wine portfolio at regional brewer, Robinsons Brewery.

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Meet the buyers: Lydia Redfearn, Adnams

Published:  09 May, 2018

Our series continues with wine buyer Lydia Redfearn, who oversees the evolving and quality wine portfolio at regional brewer, Adnams. 

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Europe leads private label premiumisation

Published:  25 April, 2018

The quality of private label wines are on the up – and Europe is leading the pack.

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Italian sparkler sets out its stall for more UK market share

Published:  08 November, 2017

Lombardy sparkler Franciacorta is embarking on a major push into the UK market following its 50th anniversary. Jo Gilbert reports

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English Sparkling: Spotlight on potential

Published:  19 May, 2017

Jo Gilbert looks at what the future may hold for English sparkling wines at home and abroad

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How do we maintain quality as English sparkling grows?

Published:  19 May, 2017

The biggest recent headline for English sparkling wine (ESW) so far in 2017 has been the prediction that one million vines are going to be planted between the start and the end of the year.

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