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The week that was

Published:  10 May, 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, opinion and features.

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England triumphs in IWC

Published:  10 May, 2019

England’s winemakers scooped 11 Gold, 50 Silver and 60 Bronze medals in the International Wine Challenge (IWC), placing it ninth in the medals table. Ten of England’s 11 Gold medals were awarded to sparkling wines.

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Penfolds and Thiénot launch anniversary Champagne

Published:  10 May, 2019

Penfolds has teamed up with Thiénot to release three Champagnes to mark Penfolds 175th anniversary.

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Off-Piste Wines secures place in The Sunday Times International Fast Track 200

Published:  10 May, 2019

Off-Piste Wines has secured a place in the 2019 Sunday Times HSBC International Fast Track 200.

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IWC reveals Trophy winners

Published:  09 May, 2019

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) has announced its 2019 Trophy winners.

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Chris Porter leaves The Benevolent

Published:  09 May, 2019

Chris Porter has departed as chief executive of drinks industry charity, The Benevolent.

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Romania's Cramele Recaș winery certified vegan

Published:  09 May, 2019

Cramele Recaș, Romania’s largest winery, has been certified as vegan following an inspection by the Bureau Veritas Certification.

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Vineyard Cellars appoints Dave Allen as new director

Published:  09 May, 2019

Vineyard Cellars has appointed Dave Allen to the role of director as the Californian fine wine merchant looks to grow its portfolio. 

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WSTA slams Scottish government glass deposit return scheme

Published:  09 May, 2019

The WSTA has hit out at the deposit return scheme launched by the Scottish government for including glass bottles, citing industry concerns that existing glass recycling procedures are already “efficient and well-understood”.

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Lanson becomes UK agent for Provence producer Domaine de Cala

Published:  09 May, 2019

House of Lanson has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor for Provence producer Domaine de Cala’s rosé duo - Prestige and Classic.

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Żubrówka Biała to launch in the UK

Published:  08 May, 2019

Żubrówka Biała, the best-selling premium vodka in Poland and one of the fastest-growing vodka brands in Europe, has revealed plans to launch in the UK.

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Malibu unveils new look for the summer

Published:  08 May, 2019

Malibu has refreshed its packaging across its full portfolio in time for the summer season.

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Bancroft expands organic menu

Published:  08 May, 2019

Bancroft Wines has expanded its organic menu with the addition of Chilean Nuevo Mundo.

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LWF offers £1,000 cash prize to the wine trade’s “top nose”

Published:  08 May, 2019

Someone in the wine industry stands to win £1,000 at the London Wine Fair (LWF) after it teamed up with The Wine Gang - the group of wine writers, critics and tastings hosts - to launch a new competition designed to test the wine industry’s "best and brightest palates”.

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Duppy Share launches cocktails on tap

Published:  08 May, 2019

The Duppy Share has launched a new range of cocktails on tap into the on-trade in a move it says will make “high quality cocktails more approachable, quicker, and more consistent in fast-paced venues”.

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SWA secures trademark for Scotch in South Korea

Published:  07 May, 2019

Scotland’s national drink has secured enhanced legal protection in South Korea after the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) application to register “Scotch Whisky” as a Certification Trademark was successful.

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Music festivals offer £100m opportunity

Published:  07 May, 2019

Drinks suppliers could reap a £100 million booze bonanza this summer thanks to alcohol loving festival-goers, according to new CGA research on festivals.

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New crop of bartenders added to William Grant & Sons 1887 Collective

Published:  07 May, 2019

William Grant & Sons UK has invited 26 UK-based bartenders to join its on-trade advocacy programme, the 1887 Collective.

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All Bar One introduces sustainable rosé range

Published:  07 May, 2019

All Bar One will launch a new sustainable rosé wine collection on 4 June 2019. It will include Mirabeau Prêt-à-Porter wine in a 250ml can from Provence, which it said is more environmentally friendly than bottled wine as it is lighter to transport.

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South African harvest slumps to record low

Published:  07 May, 2019

The South African wine grape harvest in 2019 hit a record low thanks to a drought and fluctuating weather conditions. However, winemakers are positive about the quality of the resulting vintage.

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