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Jerry Lockspeiser: Has wine become like religion for some?

Published:  28 November, 2023

In last month’s article for Harpers, I considered the potential for huge disruption in the UK wine trade from new rules that will allow the blending and processing of wines imported in bulk. They raise the possibility of making drinks that have all the taste and packaging characteristics of established wines while not being subject to the historic restrictions for making them.


UK’s most popular wines unveiled

Published:  14 September, 2022

Much is written in Harpers about alternative styles and lesser-known grape varieties, and for good reason – discovering new and exciting wines is all part of the fun in this business.


Waitrose carries the can

Published:  12 August, 2022

The nascent wine packaging revolution has taken a further step forward with the announced listing of When in Rome cans at Waitrose.


Great Whites: in-depth analysis of Italian white wines

Published:  15 June, 2022

Who hasn’t had a love affair with Italian wines? It’s a rite of passage for any true wine lover. Before heading off to the extremes of Chile or the slopes of the Mosel or Douro, wine buffs tend to fall into the arms of Piedmont, Tuscany and Etna. With so much varietal and stylistic diversity, it’s easy to be carried away by the sheer breadth – and to be very promiscuous with – Italy’s array of choice.


Consorzio Doc delle Venezie posts 34% hike in bottles sold

Published:  31 January, 2020

Consorzio Doc delle Venezie has announced a 34% increase in bottles sold last year compared to 2018.


Selling Italy in the off-trade

Published:  09 December, 2019

Justin Keay digs deep into Italy in the off-trade, taking his microscope to the supermarkets’ Italian ranges and discovering what indie customers are demanding from their local merchants.


Nero d’Avola named Britain’s favourite wine

Published:  29 November, 2019

Sicilian red Nero d’Avola came out on top in a mass blind tasting at Majestic stores across the UK.


Les Grands Chais extends JP Chenet to target millennials

Published:  24 October, 2019

Les Grands Chais France has extended its JP Chenet brand with two new variants as part of its strategy to target a younger millennial audience.


Small harvest in Sicily promises high-quality wine

Published:  25 September, 2019

The 2019 grape harvest in Sicily is down by as much as 30% on average when measured against typical recent volumes, according to the initial report from the Consortium for the Protection of Sicilia DOC Wines.


Consorzio Doc delle Venezie reports ‘marked declining’ but ’well-balanced’ vintage

Published:  18 September, 2019

Consorzio Doc delle Venezie has reported a good start to the 2019 harvest with a well-balanced, but reduced, crop of grapes on the Pinot Grigio vines.


Consorzio Doc delle Venezie introduces three-year suspension of new vineyards

Published:  30 July, 2019

Consorzio Doc delle Venezie has introduced a three-year suspension of new vineyards in a bid to achieve an “even higher quality and balanced market growth”.


Ruffino releases three new sustainable wines

Published:  17 May, 2019

Ruffino has “confirmed its commitment to environmental responsibility” by introducing three organic-certified wines, a Chianti, a Prosecco and a Pinot Grigio.


Consorzio Vini delle Venezie DOC embarks on ‘second era of Italian style Pinot Grigio’

Published:  11 March, 2019

Consorzio Vini delle Venezie DOC has embarked on the ‘second era of Italian style Pinot Grigio’.


First exclusive Consorzio DOC delle Venezie Pinot Grigio harvest closes

Published:  20 September, 2018

The first exclusive Pinot Grigio and the second grape harvest of the Consorzio DOC delle Venezie is coming to a close.


Barefoot adapts Pinot Grigio flagship to match pink and fizz trends

Published:  27 April, 2018

E&J Gallo’s carefree California wine brand Barefoot Wine is fastest growing top five wine brand in the UK according to Nielsen. Harpers caught up with head winemaker Jen Wall to discuss 20 years of making affordable, fruit forward wines that people want to drink.


Trends of 2017

Published:  20 December, 2017

There has been no shortage of evolution in the drinks world over the past year, providing canny operators with plenty of openings for upping customer engagement. Andrew Catchpole reports


LWF: Santa Rita winemaker talks 120 ambitions

Published:  23 May, 2017

Harpers caught up with Santa Rita to discquss the launch of their refreshed 120 brand which is being launched with two new varietals at this year’s London Wine Fair.