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NATURAL STATE OF AFFAIRS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Organic wines are claiming more shelf space in the multiples, but is this higher profile driven by the rising quality of organic wines, or a result of retailers' opportunism? In the Christmas build-up the Harpers team tasted 80 organic wines from around the world, to gauge the variety and strength in depth of the organic sector

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GEORGE GORING - Interviewed by Joanne Simon

Published:  23 July, 2008

Proprietor & Chairman, The Goring Hotel, London. Third-generation hotelier George Goring was born at the Goring Hotel in 1938. He studied at the Swiss Hotel School and then worked in Germany at the Kur Hotel in Bad Neuenahr and the Vierjahreszeiten in Hamburg. On returning to England, he worked for British Transport Hotels before replacing his father at The Goring in 1962.

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SLOVENIAN RHAPSODY

Published:  23 July, 2008

If Slovenia means anything to UK wine drinkers, it means Lutomer Laski Rizling. But as the former Yugoslav republic prepares to join the EU, that could be about to change. David Williams reports from a small country with big plans

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CHILE: A SUCCESS STORY, BUT WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The following is an edited transcript of the WSET Lecture delivered by Eduardo Chadwick, president of Via Errazuriz, on 3 March

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AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

Published:  23 July, 2008

Muscadet was hit hard by the British switch to New World wines during the 1990s but, as David Williams reports, quality initiatives and a region-wide shake-up of vineyards and wineries is starting to reverse the trend

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MARATHON MAN

Published:  23 July, 2008

It's almost 100 years since the Johnnie Walker logo first strode into our lives, in his top hat and breeches, and he remains an unmistakable symbol of Scotch whisky worldwide. Tom Bruce-Gardyne charts his journey

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THE GREAT CABERNET CONUNDRUM

Published:  23 July, 2008

On October the 29th, some of the industries top Cabernet producers came together to debate"The Great Cabernet Conundrum". Watch video from the event.

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DIFFERENT STROKES

Published:  23 July, 2008

After leaving the US for the Cte d'Or in the Sixties, Becky Wasserman set up shop first as a cooper and then as a broker, earning a dazzling reputation. Here, she talks to Margaret Rand about the peculiar problems of doing business in Burgundy and her run-in with the Mob.

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ON THE BRINK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Natural hazards and a low export profile are relatively moderate concerns for grape growers and winemakers on Santorini. For with young workers deserting viticulture for tourism, the island's vineyards are in danger of dying out with the older generation. Joanne Simon visits an historic wine island fighting for survival

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FINE AND DANDY

Published:  23 July, 2008

The chill economic wind has been blowing through the portals of wine auction houses on both sides of the Atlantic. Nevertheless, many auctioneers report that revenues have been better than expected. John Stimpfig makes sense of the profit trends in the salerooms and tests the chill factor for 2003

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THE GREEN MILES

Published:  23 July, 2008

Like its polar opposite, FABs, organic wine has been one of the drinks industry's biggest growth markets over the past decade. But can the boom survive a recession? David Williams assesses the current and future health of the UK's green wine scene

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EXHIBITIONISM

Published:  23 July, 2008

As 2003 gets underway, Jack Hibberd looks ahead to the year's key trade and consumer food and drink extravaganzas, from Birmingham to So Paulo

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CATCHING THE DRIFT

Published:  23 July, 2008

Is new product development the way forward for standard blended Scotch, or should the category be looking for clues in its most successful market - Spain? David Williams reports

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A FORK IN THE RIVER

Published:  23 July, 2008

Eric Appleby of Alcohol Concern believes that the British should cut their alcohol consumption by 50%. The WSA's Quentin Rappoport is adamant that sensible drinkers are being stigmatised and that alcohol can be life-enhancing. Here, they go head-to-head on alcohol misuse in the UK and the trade's responsibilities.

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A MISSPENT YOUTH?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Holy Grail for wine producers is to convince the elusive generations X and Y to cast aside their PPSs and PPLs and pick up a bottle of wine. But new research suggests that the majority of this age group feel they will be drinking more wine in the future anyway. So are wine marketeers wasting their time? Jack Hibberd investigates

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TAKING FLIGHT

Published:  23 July, 2008

The standard of airline wines has improved dramatically since the Seventies, when Hock and Claret topped the in-flight menus. But how are today's airline wines selected and packaged, and what do carriers and suppliers predict for an immediate future overshadowed by war and economic uncertainty? Jack Hibberd takes to the skies

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NICHE WORK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Set against a backdrop of socio-economic problems - urban drift, antiquated production values - and the controversial application for EU admission, Cyprus' wine industry is battling gamely to convert its export profile from bulk to alternative wines. Joanne Simon reports on the positive mood at the island's four big producers

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GLUT IS GOOD

Published:  23 July, 2008

It has been a tough year for America, and with the news that grape prices in California have slumped along with demand, it isn't getting any easier. Yet the mainstream UK wine drinker is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the US. Brand California is on a roll, as Christian Davis reports

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OUT ON A LIMB

Published:  23 July, 2008

Uruguay is the forgotten "other" of South America, languishing behind the sheer bulk potential of Argentina and the frisky success of Chile. But as Jim Budd reports, Uruguay's best hopes for a breakthrough lie in a role model far from the Andes

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WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Far from being geared merely towards the large-scale production of mediocre wines, Joanne Simon discovers that two Italian co-operatives are driving quality production in two very diverse regions, Trentino and the Marches

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