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Furmint February returns ‘bigger and better’ with host of new wineries

Published:  16 December, 2019

Wines of Hungary UK has announced it will be bringing Furmint February back to the UK next year, expanding the tasting with an additional nine wineries. 

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Plumpton takes final steps to switch rosé into green glass

Published:  16 December, 2019

Plumpton College has taken the final step in its journey to switch its sparkling rosé from clear glass into green bottles.

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Gerard Basset travel scholarship still open for applicants

Published:  16 December, 2019

There is still time for UK-based sommeliers to send in their application for The Gerard Basset Travel Scholarship created in honour and memory of the late Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MSc (OIV).

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On-trade optimism flies in face of uncertainties

Published:  16 December, 2019

Optimism among leaders in the on-trade has risen to its highest point for 18 months despite political and economic uncertainty. But senior executives remain wary of squeezed spending and rising costs, according to the latest Business Confidence Survey from CGA and Fourth.

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Spotlight on 2020: David Gleave, Liberty Wines

Published:  16 December, 2019

As we prepare for the new decade, Harpers will be taking the month of December to look back over 2019 and ahead to what the coming year will bring – hopefully full of revived optimism for both politics and the trade.

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Naked/Majestic consumer-bases were a bad ‘fit’

Published:  13 December, 2019

The matchmakers behind the Majestic and Naked Wines merger have said that the ‘experiment’ was doomed to fail because of the inherent differences between the two sets of customers, and because of increasing consumer preference towards companies that have a unique USP.

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CIVP announces multi-million action plan

Published:  13 December, 2019

Provence wine marketing council CIVP has approved a multi-million action plan involving over 15 markets.

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Food and drink industry gives cautious welcome to Tory victory

Published:  13 December, 2019

The food and drink industry has given a cautious welcome to the Conservative party’s general election win last night, which saw the Tories claim 364 seats, securing a majority parliament compared to rival Labour’s 203.  

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French strikes damaging for Paris on-trade, says leading Champagne brand

Published:  13 December, 2019

The ongoing nationwide French strikes, combined with declining tourist numbers, are causing misery for Paris' restaurant and bar sector, according to Champagne Palmer's communication manager Francois Demouy.

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The winners: Harpers Design Awards 2019

Published:  13 December, 2019

The big reveal from this year’s Harpers Design Awards is that for the first time ever wine edged ahead of spirits, both in terms of the overall winners and collectively across the competition.

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The Vintners’ Company sets out to show ‘modern face'

Published:  11 December, 2019

The Vintners’ Company has launched a video designed to explore the “familiar, but often little understood, institution”.

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Mirabeau poaches Tesco buyer

Published:  11 December, 2019

Mirabeau has appointed Tesco buyer Rob Dixon as head of retail UK and Ireland. ​​

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Spotlight on 2020: Laura Jewell MW, Wine Australia

Published:  11 December, 2019

As we prepare for the new decade, Harpers will be taking the month of December to look back over 2019 and ahead to what the coming year will bring – hopefully full of revived optimism for both politics and the trade.

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Portugal boosted by recovery of volumes

Published:  11 December, 2019

Several Portuguese wine regions have recovered volumes this year, bringing the country in line with its five year average, but in the new ‘abnormal’ of climate change, things aren’t quite adding up.

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WSET Educator of the Year shortlist revealed

Published:  11 December, 2019

The ten-strong shortlist for the WSET’s Educator of the Year has been announced.

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Global organic wine sales to double in a decade

Published:  11 December, 2019

Organic wine consumption worldwide is set to hit around a billion bottles a year by 2023, a new report from organic wine fair Millésime Bio suggests.

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Churchill’s appoints founder’s daughter as director of sales & marketing

Published:  11 December, 2019

Port producer Churchill's has appointed Zoe Graham – daughter of founder Johnny Graham - as its new sales & marketing director.

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Spotlight on 2020: Andrew Bewes, Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Published:  11 December, 2019

As we prepare for the new decade, Harpers will be taking the month of December to look back over 2019 and ahead to what the coming year will bring – hopefully full of revived optimism for both politics and the trade.

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Global headwinds hit fine-wine market

Published:  11 December, 2019

Uncertainties in global trade have hit the fine-wine market, according to the 2019 report from Liv-ex, the online global trading platform for wine.

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UK pub numbers on the rise again

Published:  11 December, 2019

The number of British pubs has increased for the first time in a decade, analysis from hospitality sector software start-up Stampede has revealed.

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