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What makes a wine list? Beatrice Bessi, Chiltern Firehouse

Published:  31 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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Sud de France to host ‘biggest-ever’ annual tasting in London

Published:  31 May, 2023

Occitanie has established itself as one of the most dynamic regions in France for organic wine production, and this will come to the fore at the biggest-ever annual tasting hosted by Sud de France in London. 

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Scottish government delays mandatory calorie labelling

Published:  31 May, 2023

The Scottish government has today (31 May) announced that it will be delaying the planned implementation of mandatory calorie labelling. 

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Rioja Wine UK launches Rioja Residency at The Ned

Published:  30 May, 2023

On 21 June, Rioja Wine UK will host its first-ever ‘Rioja Residency’ in London – an immersive, educational journey around the region of Rioja. 

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Harpers Design Awards 2023 open for entries

Published:  30 May, 2023

Submissions are now being invited for the 2023 edition of Harpers Design Awards, which is the leading competition of its kind in the UK market.

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UK government overrules glass inclusion in Scottish DRS

Published:  30 May, 2023

The latest back and forth between the UK government and Scotland’s devolved powers has derailed plans for Scotland to include glass as part of a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), with glass now to be fully excluded both north and south of the border.

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Record Champagne shipments buoyed by quality-focused younger consumers

Published:  26 May, 2023

Champagne exports hit a record-high value-wise in 2022, with €6bn worth of fizz sales being driven by shifts in consumption from “exceptional occasions to more normal occasions”, the Comité Champagne said at its UK press briefing on 25 May.

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The Symington family and Anselmo Mendes begin Alvarinho venture

Published:  26 May, 2023

The Symington family estate is to produce a range of Alvarinho wines with winemaker Anselmo Mendes, following the company’s recent acquisition of Casa de Rodas.

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Majestic relaunches price lock subscription model

Published:  26 May, 2023

Majestic has relaunched its ‘Lock It In’ subscription model, offering customers cheaper prices on more than 100 best-selling wines.

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Food and wine the focus at Bibendum tasting

Published:  25 May, 2023

Yesterday (May 24), Bibendum welcomed the trade to its ‘A World of Fine Wine’ spring cellar-tasting featuring Old and New World regions with one notable exception – Bordeaux.

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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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