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En Primeur presentations could be held in modified format this summer

Published:  22 April, 2020

The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) and Bordeaux Négoce (Association of Bordeaux Wine Merchants) are considering the possibility of proposing the 2019 En Primeurs to be held in a modified format by the end of the summer.

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Graft Wine launches series of online tastings

Published:  22 April, 2020

Graft Wine Company has launched a series of online tastings with winemakers.

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Generics respond to the pandemic: Wine Australia

Published:  21 April, 2020

In the third of our series on responses of the generic bodies to the Covid-19 pandemic, Andrew Catchpole talks to Laura Jewell MW, regional general manager, Wine Australia UK & Europe

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Catena chief winemaker calls 2019 vintage “one of the best in 10 years”

Published:  21 April, 2020

The chief winemaker at Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata has called 2019 “one of the best vintages of the last 10 years”.

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Wine Stars awards entry deadline extended to September

Published:  21 April, 2020

The deadline for entries to Harpers Wine Stars 2020 has been extended to 17 September.

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Living with lockdown - Freixenet Copestick

Published:  21 April, 2020

Damian Clarke, MD at Freixenet Copestick, gives Lisa Riley a glimpse of the realities of life as a wholesaler adjusting to lockdown. 

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Georgian UK wine exports continue to surge

Published:  21 April, 2020

Georgian wine exports to the UK surged, albeit from a small platform, in the first quarter of this year boosted by a quartet of new importers. 

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Generics respond to the pandemic: Wines of Chile

Published:  21 April, 2020

In the third of a series focusing on responses of the generic bodies to the current crisis, we talk to Anita Jackson, UK director, Wines of Chile

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CEEV puts together “wine package” to mitigate Covid-19 effects on EU industry

Published:  20 April, 2020

The Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) has put together a Covid-19 ‘wine package’ in order to mitigate the devastating effects of the pandemic – present and future – on the wine sector.

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Industry body warns a third of OZ wineries could go under

Published:  20 April, 2020

A key Australian industry body is said to have predicted a third of Australian wineries could go under as a result of Covid-19. 

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Generics respond to the pandemic: Wines from Spain

Published:  20 April, 2020

In the second of a series focusing on how the UK’s generic bodies are dealing with the current crisis, we talk to Fernando Muñoz Naranjo, director, Foods and Wines from Spain.

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Gove confirms parts of hospitality sector among last to reopen

Published:  20 April, 2020

Cabinet office minister Michael Gove has confirmed that restaurants, bars and pubs will be among the last to reopen for business following the Covid-19 lockdown. 

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Chris Ellis hands baton to Ian Peart as PRUK commercial director

Published:  20 April, 2020

Ian Peart (above) has been appointed commercial director at Pernod Ricard UK (PRUK), taking over the role from Chris Ellis, who is leaving the business after 16 years.

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Furlough extension welcomed, but WSTA ups call for duty deferment

Published:  20 April, 2020

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) on Friday welcomed government’s extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing) to the end of June 2020, but pressed again for an acceleration of relief measures for businesses hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

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Campari to buy majority stake in Champagne Lallier

Published:  20 April, 2020

Campari Group has announced it is in talks with privately owned French company Sarl Ficoma to buy a majority stake in Champagne Lallier. 

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Off-trade alcohol sales surge 29% over the Easter weekend

Published:  20 April, 2020

Off-trade sales of alcohol surged 29% over the bank holiday weekend although overall Brits spent £160m less on Easter than in 2019.

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South Africa makes U-turn and bans wine exports

Published:  17 April, 2020

The South African government has banned exports of wine and spirits during lockdown.

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English wine initiative reaches 13 million consumers

Published:  17 April, 2020

The #theBIGenglishwinegoodfriday initiative has been hailed an "unmitigated success" by English and Welsh wineries, reaching 13 million consumers.  

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Friday Read: Covid-19 set to devastate Champagne's recovery?

Published:  17 April, 2020

Like a staunch liberal and a UKIP voter forced by coronavirus to cohabit under one roof, Champagne has enjoyed a troubled – and complex - relationship with the UK of late. Both Nielsen and CGA Strategy have tracked falling demand for Champagne over the past few years in the UK; in the 12 months to December 2019, the total volume and value of Champagne sales fell by 5.8% and 4.9% respectively in the on-trade. Meanwhile, Nielsen figures indicate that Champagne sales in the Christmas period 2019 fell well short of expectations. It's hard to rally against statistical evidence - the figures do not lie.

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Living with lockdown - Oxford Wine Company

Published:  17 April, 2020

Ted Sandbach, MD, at Oxford Wine Company, gives Lisa Riley a glimpse of the realities of life as a multifaceted indie merchant adjusting to lockdown.

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