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Exclusive: Hallgarten to hold duty rise in bid to ease pain for trade customers

Published:  25 May, 2023

Faced with a significant duty rise from 1 August, many in the business of selling wine are bracing themselves for a new round of pain. Unwilling to pass on price rises to cash-strapped customers, but needing to protect already thin margins, this unpopular hike in tax is understandably the talk of the trade. And all of this is to happen at a time when implementation will impact on hospitality outlets, forcing a reorganisation of wine lists during the crucial summer trading period.

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Friday read: Snoop Dogg Q&A

Published:  25 May, 2023

With Cali Red and Rosé to his name, the Doggfather speaks to Andrew Catchpole about his partnership with Treasury Wine Estates’ 19 Crimes label and his take on the world of wine.

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Class bar awards turn 20

Published:  25 May, 2023

On Tuesday (May 23), Class magazine announced the winners of the Class Bar Awards 2023, two decades after the first ceremony took place, celebrating the UK bar industry.

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What makes a wine list? Glen Montgomery, Eòrna

Published:  25 May, 2023

In a new online series, Harpers is going back to basics with members of hospitality to find out exactly what is the secret sauce that makes a modern wine list successful.

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‘Minimal’ approach majors at Deep Down Under

Published:  24 May, 2023

A panoply of minimal intervention styles, from the 100% natural to a range of ‘hands-off’ products, put the spotlight on the very sharpest examples of Australia’s cutting-edge winemaking at Monday’s (22 May) Deep Down Under tasting.

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Co-op spirits buyer receives whisky nod

Published:  24 May, 2023

Co-op spirits buyer, Jonny Grey, has been honoured with the prestigious award of ‘Keeper of the Quaich’, following on from his work in helping to drive the category forward.

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Strong April for hospitality cancelled out by inflation

Published:  24 May, 2023

Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups achieved like-for-like and YOY sales growth of 6.9% in April 2023, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals.

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Quinta Boavista launches first-ever white wine

Published:  23 May, 2023

Sogevinus Fine Wines, the independent, privately owned, Douro wine producer has released the Grande Reserva da Vinha do Levante, the first white wine ever produced at Quinta Boavista.

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LWF: Unearthing the next Porta 6

Published:  23 May, 2023

There were 20 Portuguese producers seeking representation at this year’s London Wine Fair. As a region, Portugal represents great value and quality wines, evidenced by those on display at the LWF’s ‘Wines Unearthed’ section. 

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Majestic raises £200,000 for Alzheimer’s Society

Published:  23 May, 2023

Majestic has raised £200,000 for its charity partner for 2022/23 – the Alzheimer’s Society.  

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Hawke’s Bay crowned 12th Great Wine Capital of the World

Published:  23 May, 2023

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s oldest wine region, has joined 11 other global wine heavyweights as the newest Great Wine Capital of the world.

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What makes a wine list? Shaun Corrigan, Pied-à-Terre

Published:  22 May, 2023

In the first of a new online series, Harpers is going back to basics with members of hospitality to find out exactly what is the secret sauce that makes a modern wine list successful.

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Bolney to increase visitor capacity by 120% with expansion

Published:  22 May, 2023

Bolney Wine Estate, one of the UK’s first commercial vineyards, is currently undergoing phase one of an expansion to its hospitality and retail area, which will increase visitor capacity by 120%. The estate remains open to visitors throughout the work, with phase one due to complete in late Summer.

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Alliance breaks new ground in New Zealand

Published:  22 May, 2023

UK importer, distributor and producer, Alliance Wine Group will soon release the inaugural vintage of its New Zealand project, Earthsong. 

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Jeroboams ‘neighbourhood’ family of stores to hit 10 with Chelsea opening

Published:  22 May, 2023

Jeroboams, which bills itself as ‘London’s local wine merchant’, is to hit the milestone of 10 stores this June as part of what the company describes as its “ambitious growth plans”.

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LWF continues post-Covid recovery with visitor increase

Published:  19 May, 2023

The London Wine Fair (LWF) organisers have given their verdict on a ‘successful’ 2023 show, which pulled in the visitors to above the 10,000 mark.

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Segura Viudas launches first-to-market premium Cava in Tesco

Published:  19 May, 2023

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava is to launch exclusively in Tesco stores across the UK from Monday 22 May. The listing in Tesco is the first in any global market for this new quality tier.

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Consumer confidence levels on the rise finds IWSR

Published:  19 May, 2023

While consumer sentiment has improved, beverage alcohol consumers in the UK are still mindful of how they spend their disposable income according to the IWSR.

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The Wine Society puts six of its best in BiB

Published:  18 May, 2023

The Wine Society has announced the launch of an alternative packaging trial, which will see several of its top SKUs becoming available via bag-in-box (BiB).

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Sir Graham Brady announced as new chair of Wine and Spirits APPG

Published:  18 May, 2023

Sir Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West, has been announced as the new chair of Wine and Spirits APPG.

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