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Long Read: Daring to dream of a Golden Era of hospitality

Published:  16 September, 2021

Hugh Jones fell into the drinks industry 14 years ago while trying to become a rock star and never left, learning his trade at Majestic Wine, Pernod Ricard, and Mentzendorff. After a locked-down winter teaching strangers how to make cocktails over Zoom, he is now sales manager at Colwith Farm Distillery.

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WSTA Summit: Procurement and leadership at the head of global transformational change

Published:  16 September, 2021

Having contingency plans and not relying on the rest of the world in order to manage risk was one of the key messages from this morning’s WSTA Industry Summit briefing, Recalibrating the ‘Norm’, with Lorraine Copes, founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality and George Yip, Emeritus prof. marketing & strategy, Imperial College Business School.

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Idris Elba to open wine bar in King's Cross

Published:  16 September, 2021

The star of Hollywood blockbuster Pacific Rim and HBO series The Wire has announced plans to open a new restaurant and wine bar in London – Porte Noire.

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Last call to register for SITT 2021

Published:  16 September, 2021

The Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) returns to London and Manchester in physical form on 20 and 22 September respectively, in what promises to be the finest edition to date.

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Exton Park launches new 'multi vintage' Blanc de Blancs

Published:  16 September, 2021

Sparkling wine producer Exton Park has unveiled a new 100% Chardonnay cuvée based exclusively on reserve wines.

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Alto Adige producing Cabernet Sauvignon to “rival Bordeaux”

Published:  16 September, 2021

Rising temperatures are encouraging winegrowers in Italy’s Alto Adige region to plant more Bordeaux varieties that had previously struggled to ripen, according to a leading producer.

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Bibendum adds Lenz Moser project and six more to portfolio

Published:  15 September, 2021

UK premium wine and spirits distributor Bibendum Wine has added seven new producers to its on-trade portfolio, spanning an English Charmat to Portuguese trailblazers and a team-up between Austrian icons Lenz Moser and Markus Huber.

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Aldi launches inaugural 'Zerozecco' ahead of Christmas 2021

Published:  15 September, 2021

The German discounter Aldi has unveiled a new range of alcohol-free drinks ahead of the festive season, including a zero abv Prosecco imitation.

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MW 2021 examination tests candidates on marginal climates

Published:  15 September, 2021

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has made available every question posed to students taking the 2021 MW exam, including the list of wines for the practical tasting segment.

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WSTA Summit: Beale outlines path for trade recovery

Published:  15 September, 2021

In his opening address at the WSTA Industry Summit 2021, CEO Miles Beale took an imaginary look back at the past decade from 2031 to highlight the lobbying and initiatives that the industry body has planned or instigated.

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Foundation puts Basset front and centre as it unveils expanded remit

Published:  15 September, 2021

The charity founded by family and colleagues of the late Gerard Basset OBE MW MS has broadened its mission statement to include promoting diversity and inclusion across the hospitality industry, in addition to embracing a shorter title.

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Hospitality sector remains in ‘fragile state’

Published:  15 September, 2021

Following the UK government's unveiling of its strategy for managing Covid-19 during the autumn and winter months, UK Hospitality (UKH) chief executive Kate Nicholls has issued a stark warning about the importance of allowing businesses to remain open.

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‘Return to normality’ impacts sales of BWS in grocery sector

Published:  14 September, 2021

The latest data released by Kantar indicates that UK drinkers are consuming less alcohol at home, with total grocery sales of BWS falling significantly over the past three months.

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Inflexible hospitality sector faces continued labour crisis, as job vacancies surge past one million

Published:  14 September, 2021

The UK’s hospitality industry must embrace more flexible working patterns if it intends to survive, a leading commentator has claimed.

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Bancroft showcases new-look portfolio at first post-lockdown tasting

Published:  14 September, 2021

The trade was in fine form at Trivet restaurant in London Bridge yesterday, where mid-sized supplier Bancroft Wines debuted many of the wines brought over from the trimming of Berry Bros & Rudd’s wholesale arm, Field, Morris & Verdin (FMV).

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31Dover to embrace pioneering low-carbon distribution technology

Published:  14 September, 2021

Independent supplier 31Dover will start to distribute spirit brands using an innovative distribution system that nearly eliminates packaging waste in the supply chain.

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Lockdown accelerated Champagne's growth in mainland China

Published:  14 September, 2021

Demand for Champagne has risen dramatically in mainland China over the past 12 months, according to market expert Lei Meng.

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Sud de France: Incredible white diversity on display

Published:  13 September, 2021

Tim Atkin MW has paid homage to huge breadth of white wine available across the Languedoc-Roussillon and the South West, even comparing its diversity to a South American wine cousin.

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Latest crop of Fortnum & Mason drink writers announced

Published:  13 September, 2021

The Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, championing “excellence on food and drink writing”, have again delivered a winning roster of up-and-coming and established drinks writers for 2021.

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August on-trade recovery hits new high

Published:  13 September, 2021

A mix of growing consumer confidence, pent up demand and staycations pushed sales in Britain’s managed restaurants, pubs and bars above pre-pandemic levels in August.

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