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VDP announces Masters of Wine as its new official partner

Published:  10 October, 2022

The VDP, home to nearly 200 of Germany’s best winegrowers, and IMW (Institute of Masters of Wine) have long been associated with one another, expanding and enriching the network on both sides. 

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UK pub closures have doubled in last three months

Published:  10 October, 2022

The number of pubs closing across the country, having called last orders for the final time, has rocketed by 50% in the last three months.   

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Enotria & Coe publishes new Sustainability Barometer

Published:  10 October, 2022

Enotria & Coe has published a new Sustainability Barometer, highlighting the company's significant progress towards its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

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October is the month of Rioja

Published:  10 October, 2022

Following the success of its inaugural 2021 launch, Rioja wine month is back with a 41% uplift in participants compared to last year.

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Sud de France – register now

Published:  07 October, 2022

Registrations are now open for the Sud de France Top 100 Discovery tasting – Part II – where members of the trade are invited to meet producers and winemakers.

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Vranken-Pommery tests the waters of vine density in English ‘trials’

Published:  07 October, 2022

Vranken-Pommery’s English wine ‘trials’ at its Pinglestone Estate in Hampshire could prompt viticulture changes in Champagne, the house has said, with Pinglestone being used as a ‘laboratory’ where findings on lowering vine density could be taken across the Channel.

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Virgin achieves carbon neutral

Published:  06 October, 2022

Online retailer Virgin Wines has reached a new milestone in its sustainability journey, by announced that they have officially been certified carbon neutral.

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Value outpacing volume in RTD products growth

Published:  06 October, 2022

Consumer demand for premium ready-to-drink (RTD) products will drive the category forward, with value growth outpacing volume growth at 8% vs 5% CAGR 2022–26, according to an annual study from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

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The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 revealed

Published:  05 October, 2022

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 have been announced, and Paradiso, Barcelona, ranks No.1. It marks the first time this accolade has been won by a bar outside New York or London.

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London seated diner numbers fall short of pre-pandemic levels

Published:  05 October, 2022

According to data from OpenTable, the global restaurant booking system, dining numbers in London are falling short of pre-pandemic levels.

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Cape Wine 2022 opens with splash of sustainable credentials

Published:  05 October, 2022

Following the hiatus of Covid, Cape Wine has bounced back, flagging the South African industry’s sustainable ambitions as it looks to recover from its severe pandemic-induced setbacks.

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Liquid Icons & Gérard Basset Foundation announce recipient of inaugural diversity scholarship in spirits

Published:  05 October, 2022

Liquid Icons, the fine wine research and content production company founded by the late Gérard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET, have announced the recipient of the inaugural Hennessy Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship in Spirits.

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Red tape cut for thousands of growing businesses

Published:  04 October, 2022

On Sunday, October 2, prime minister Liz Truss announced that red tape would be cut for thousands of growing businesses.

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Ridgeview has high hopes for 2022 harvest

Published:  04 October, 2022

English sparkling wine estate Ridgeview has announced its ambitions for the 2022 harvest, citing the soaring summer temperatures as a significant contributor to excellent growing conditions.

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Artémis Domaines and Maisons & Domaines Henriot unite their wine estates

Published:  04 October, 2022

The Pinault and Henriot families, owners of Artémis Domaines and Maisons & Domaines Henriot, respectively, have merged their wine estates, effective from September 30, 2022.

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Amarone has an image problem, says leading producer

Published:  03 October, 2022

The Amarone della Valpolicella category needs to embrace change and restore its former global cachet, according to Stefano Cesari, owner of Brigaldara winery in the Veneto region.

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Nick Gillett: Greenwashing – are you looking a little grubby?

Published:  03 October, 2022

‘Net Zero’, ‘Carbon reduction’, ‘Sustainability’, and ‘Offsetting’ – all good stuff and we’re now used to bandying these terms around like they’re going out of fashion. But whilst brands are waxing lyrical about their green credentials and how they’re busy saving the planet, how many actually are?

Whether intentionally or not, more than a few drinks brands at best ‘polishing’ their green credentials to look better than they are – and some are just lying. Beyond misleading conscious consumers and reaping undeserved competitive advantages, it pisses me off, because it’s actively halting the industry’s Net Zero progress which is where we should be placing our focus.

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Armit welcomes new agencies from the southern Rhône

Published:  03 October, 2022

Armit Wines, renowned for its strong Italian portfolio, has signed an agreement to represent to Domaine le Prieuré des Papes and Domaine de la Pousterle in the UK.

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Fine wine policy institute releases global sustainability report

Published:  03 October, 2022

Areni Global, a think tank dedicated to the future of fine wine, has released a ground-breaking report examining the major threats, and opportunities, facing the sector today.

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Gosset Matchmakers 2022 winners announced

Published:  30 September, 2022

A chef and sommelier team from Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester has been crowned the winners of Gosset Matchmakers 2022, beating out tough competition from peers in Hampshire and Edinburgh.

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