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#benevolentcolours selfie initiative highlights #itcouldbeme campaign

Published:  15 May, 2019

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is encouraging members of the trade to post selfies of themselves dressed in red, white and/or rosé on 21 May, with the hashtag #benevolentcolours to raise awareness of its ‘It could be me' campaign.

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New head winemaker for Distell

Published:  15 May, 2019

South African wine and spirits producer Distell has appointed Andrea Freeborough as its new head winemaker.

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WSET marks 50th birthday with worldwide Wine Education Week

Published:  14 May, 2019

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced its first global Wine Education Week as part of the organisation’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

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Santa Rita says $25m investment in sustainability will pay long-term dividends

Published:  14 May, 2019

South American producer Santa Rita Estates (SRE) says it doesn’t regret ploughing $25 million USD into sustainability initiatives over the past five years, despite sustainable and organic cues having less sway with consumers.

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WSTA challenges Gove over proposed deposit return scheme

Published:  14 May, 2019

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called on Michael Gove, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, to exclude glass from a proposed deposit return scheme (DRS) aimed at reducing the use of plastic in packaging.

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CIVB brings pop-up bar to Bristol

Published:  14 May, 2019

The Conseil Interprofessionnel Du Vin De Bordeaux (CIVB) is to open its pop-up Bar Bordeaux in Bristol at the end of May – the first to be held outside London.

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Skinny Prosecco founders launch vegan, no-alcohol fizz

Published:  14 May, 2019

This month will see the launch of the UK’s first organic, vegan, alcohol-free sparkling wine, its producers claim.

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WSTA beefs up global expertise with Brampton appointment

Published:  14 May, 2019

Michelle Brampton, managing director for Europe at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has joined the board of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

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‘Temperature crisis’ could lead to a major re-shuffle of global wine production and demand

Published:  13 May, 2019

Vinegrowing and winemaking worldwide could look very different in the next 30 years, a climate change expert has announced, as the planet accelerates towards a temperature crisis fifty years earlier than expected.

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UK independent distilleries break £2bn barrier

Published:  13 May, 2019

Sales for the UK’s independent spirits distilleries exceeded £2 billion for the first time last year, according to research from private equity house Growthdeck.

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Bibendum grows organic range with Zensa

Published:  13 May, 2019

Bibendum has added to its range of organic wines with the listing of the Zensa range from southern Italian producer Orion Wines.

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Hatch Mansfield appointed as exclusive UK agent by Zuccardi for its Valle de Uco wines

Published:  13 May, 2019

Hatch Mansfield has been appointed as exclusive UK agent by Argentinian wine producer Familia Zuccardi for its Bodega Zuccardi Valle de Uco wines.

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Consumers shun restaurants at Easter, figures show

Published:  13 May, 2019

Restaurant groups saw sales plummet by nearly 20% this Easter, according to figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Tesco adds taste of summer to Finest wine range

Published:  13 May, 2019

UK multiple retailer Tesco has added a five new wines to its Finest range to target the summer-drinking market. The wines, four white and one red, are on shelf from today.

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Sicily channels tourism to boost recognition of diverse DOCs

Published:  13 May, 2019

The 90 Sicilian producers belonging to trade association Assovini are seeking to build upon the ground laid out by the broad Sicilia DOC with greater focus on the 24 DOC that make up the vinous mosaic of Italy’s most extensively planted wine region.

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Nederburg Auction changes to Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

Published:  10 May, 2019

The Nederburg Auction, which owned by Distell’s in 1975, has evolved into the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction to be held in October.

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Co-op ramps up rosé range

Published:  10 May, 2019

The Co-op has “massively boosted” its rosé portfolio, adding 10 new lines as part of a spring range refresh.

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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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