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Sustainability Report: Back to basics

Published:  03 June, 2024

With the number of schemes related to sustainable production many and varied, are we confusing consumers? James Lawrence reports.

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Indies: What ‘value’ truly means

Published:  01 May, 2024

Jo Gilbert canvassed independent traders to find out how they are looking to stay relevant and competitive during this era of expensive living.

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Round Table: Fermenting Furmint

Published:  22 April, 2024

Hungary’s Furmint has been making waves for both the quality and individuality of the wines, with this spring’s Furmint & Friends tasting at London’s Painters’ Hall featuring the most comprehensive spotlight yet on this grape. Harpers partnered with Wines of Hungary UK to convene a round table to analyse the positioning and potential of this exciting volcanic soil-grown variety, with regional expert Caroline Gilby MW giving an introductory overview. Panellists were also offered a taster of some exemplary styles to frame their discussion.

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Tonic and mixers: Adapting to thrive

Published:  18 April, 2024

The premium mixers market is showing resilience in the face of the cost of living crisis, finds Nigel Huddleston.

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Trouble for gin

Published:  16 April, 2024

As cost pressures rise and gin distillery closures begin to rack up, Henry Jeffreys takes the temperature of this major category.

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Rum: A slow sipping spirit?

Published:  01 April, 2024

With rum pushing a premium image, Andrew Catchpole asks how fast and how far it can go.

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Taste Off: Volcanic Wines

Published:  27 March, 2024

Andrew Catchpole gathered together a panel to taste and debate the merits of this fashionable but rather niche category.

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Making the most of rosé

Published:  25 March, 2024

With premium rosé in the ascendancy, James Lawrence asks why apathy rules regarding its listings.

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Bulk wine in choppy seas

Published:  22 March, 2024

Jo Gilbert looks at how bulk shippers are trying to calm the storm of global wine supply.

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Cork & Closures: Back to cork

Published:  01 March, 2024

As Broadland Drinks re-installs its corking line after a 15-year absence, Jo Gilbert looks at the future for cork as a technically sound, carbon negative option.

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Tapping into oenotourism

Published:  05 January, 2024

Across the globe wineries are ramping up their investments in tourism experiences. Rupert Millar reports on the value of a still-growing sector.

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Sustainability Report: Plotting Progress

Published:  05 December, 2023

James Lawrence charts the progress being made by the growing number of Harpers Sustainability Charter participants.

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Sustainability Report: Regenerative viticulture

Published:  04 December, 2023

With a big buzz around regenerative viticulture, Andrew Catchpole digs down for a closer view.

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Sustainability Report: The insetting mission

Published:  01 December, 2023

All parts of the wine supply chain – from producers to retailers – can find ways to minimise their environmental impact. James Bayley reports.

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Sustainability Report: Aiding ethical consumers

Published:  29 November, 2023

The alcohol industry is tasked with helping consumers bridge the gap between their appetite for sustainable solutions and following through, writes Jo Gilbert.

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Navigating Port’s choppy waters

Published:  27 November, 2023

In some quarters, Port sales received something of a lockdown boost as consumers made the most of longer, more relaxed at-home-drinking occasions. Jo Gilbert asks, can restaurants utilise this goodwill to maximise sales this winter?

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Henry Jeffreys: Whisky goes global

Published:  24 November, 2023

Henry Jeffreys looks beyond Scotch and more latterly Japan, to those countries which have emerged as serious, sellable propositions for the trade.

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Headline Heroes: A question of time for Champagne

Published:  22 November, 2023

David Kermode quizzes the experts about why lees ageing is so important when it comes to the finest Champagnes.

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Global Grenache Taste-Off

Published:  20 October, 2023

With this versatile variety on the rise, Andrew Catchpole invited a panel to take a dive into its possibilities and progress on the world stage.

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Headline Heroes: Crémant rises

Published:  02 October, 2023

The UK’s appetite for sparkling wine has led to increasing sales for wallet-friendly Champagne alternatives, and crémant ticks the right boxes. James Lawrence reports.

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