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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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Goedhuis & Co appoints senior fine wine & spirits buyer

Published:  11 June, 2019

Goedhuis & Co has appointed Kate Janecek to the newly created role of senior fine wine and spirits buyer as it ramps up its spirits offering.

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Gin in the pink

Published:  11 June, 2019

The popularity of pink gin is driving total on-trade gin sales, according to new CGA research.

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Zero growth for pubs and restaurants in May

Published:  11 June, 2019

UK pubs and restaurants saw trading fall flat in May, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Collective like-for-like sales growth across the market was zero compared to last year.

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Conegliano Valdobbiadene bans glyphosate in its vineyards

Published:  11 June, 2019

The Consorzio of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG has forbidden the use of glyphosate in its vineyards.

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BRC records worst footfall figures in six years

Published:  10 June, 2019

Shops across Britain suffered their steepest fall in customer visits in six years in the past month, with footfall plummeting as declines were recorded in every region, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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Majestic’s profits predicted to fall by 36%

Published:  10 June, 2019

Majestic Wines’ pre-tax profits are expected to drop by 36% year-on-year to £11m.

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Belsazar Vermouth launches Summer Spritz campaign

Published:  10 June, 2019

Belsazar Vermouth has launched a new range of "summer serves" to take advantage of consumer demand for lower abv drinks and spritzers when the sun comes out.

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