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Trade bids fond farewell to Gerard Basset

Published:  17 June, 2019

Winchester Cathedral provided a fitting setting on Friday for the memorial service of Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MBA, MSc (OIV), as members of the wine and hospitality worlds turned out in force to commemorate the remarkable life of a much loved and admired man.

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Batanga Tequila hits the UK

Published:  17 June, 2019

Batanga Reposado and Batanga Blanco Tequilas are now available in the UK from Emporia Brands.

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Can premium Prosecco put the sparkle back into sales?

Published:  17 June, 2019

Sandro Bottega, owner and managing director of Bottega Spa, has refuted suggestions the UK has reached ‘peak Prosecco’ and insisted a “new era of Prosecco premiumisation” is on the way.

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English and Welsh whisky soaring

Published:  14 June, 2019

English and Welsh whisky makers are struggling to keep up with demand thanks to “enormous interest” from spirits drinkers, according to the WSTA.

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Vallegarcía obtains own PDO

Published:  14 June, 2019

Vallegarcía has obtained its own Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) has announced.

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New Zealand declares ‘small but stunning’ vintage

Published:  14 June, 2019

New Zealand Winegrowers has declared the 2019 vintage as ‘small but stunning’.

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Brits love Pornstars

Published:  14 June, 2019

Cocktails are now one of Britain’s fastest growing drinks categories in spirits, according to CGA.

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Sangiovese - can't travel, won't travel?

Published:  14 June, 2019

It’s long been held that the variety behind Chianti Classico is incapable of adapting to anywhere beyond Italian shores, but Australia’s ever resourceful producers are proving this wrong.

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The week that was

Published:  13 June, 2019

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.

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Calling all entries for Harpers Wine Stars Awards

Published:  13 June, 2019

With the latest round of Wine Stars Awards judging fast approaching, we are inviting final entries for the categories of England, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Lebanon, South Africa and New Zealand.

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Think Gin gets joined by Think Tequila & Mezcal

Published:  13 June, 2019

Think Gin returns next Tuesday (18 June) with the addition of Think Tequila & Mezcal, which joins the ‘Think’ family for the first time.

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Drinkaware bolsters senior team with new duo

Published:  13 June, 2019

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware has bolstered its senior team with two new hires.

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Majestic Wine appoints former Tesco BWS director Robert Cooke

Published:  13 June, 2019

Majestic has appointed former Tesco BWS director Robert Cooke as its buying & merchandising director, Harpers can reveal.

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China’s fast evolving taste for wine

Published:  13 June, 2019

Younger Chinese consumers are radically reshaping China’s wine market as trends paralleling those in the West gain ground, but with greater speed.

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Majestic in ‘advanced’ talks over sale of stores

Published:  13 June, 2019

Majestic Wine said this morning it is in advanced talks over a potential sale of its retail and commercial outlets.

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Harpers and California Wines to host ‘transatlantic conversation’ on sustainability

Published:  12 June, 2019

Harpers is partnering with California Wine Institute to run a sustainability-focused event at London’s Design Museum on 11 July, bringing together West Coast and UK views and insights into one of the most prominent topics of the day.

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Rioja rule rewrite aims at greater traceability and transparency

Published:  12 June, 2019

Rioja’s wine board has adopted a sea of far-reaching measures including rules on new legally binding bottle label references aimed at providing greater transparency and guarantees for consumers over wine production.

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Cambridge noses ahead to vinous victory in Varsity taste off

Published:  12 June, 2019

Cambridge narrowly triumphed over Oxford last night in a hard fought blind tasting challenge between these rival indie merchants.

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Whisky eyes £2.44bn by 2022

Published:  12 June, 2019

Whisky will be worth £2.44bn by 2022, up from £2.31bn last year, according to the first Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Whisky Yearbook.

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Imports down in China but drinkers trade up

Published:  11 June, 2019

The volume of wine imported by China has fallen for the first time since 2014, according to the latest Wine Intelligence report.

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