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?The Smith Report: Could deflation let the air out of wine purchases?

Published:  07 April, 2014

Erin Smith looks at how deflation could have an impact on the wine and spirit world.

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English Wine Week unveils new brand and image for 2014

Published:  04 April, 2014

A new logo has been produced to help English Wine Producers promote and celebrate English Wine Week which takes place between May 24 and June 1 across the UK. 

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Interview: John Osborne's sets out his vision for PLB

Published:  04 April, 2014

It may only have been three months since John Osborne became PLB's managing director, but it's a role he has been working towards his entire career. He talks about the challenges and opportunities facing him, PLB and the industry.

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Stevens Garnier to add major brand every six months

Published:  03 April, 2014

Stevens Garnier is on the look-out for major old world brands, and plans to boost its portfolio by adding one every six months.

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Dedicated craft beer section at London Wine Fair

Published:  01 April, 2014

For the first time in its 34 year history, the London Wine Fair will have a dedicated beer section called the Brewhouse, which will focus on small batch, specialist and craft beers.

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Jancis Robinson and Justin Howard-Sneyd part of speaker line-up at UK's first cool climate event

Published:  28 March, 2014

Leading UK wine trade figures, Jancis Robinson MW and Justin Howard-Sneyd, are two of the speakers that have been announced for the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium which takes place in the UK for the first time between May 26 and May 28, 2016.

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Wines of Argentina's Cambalache event sells 600 tickets in three and half hours

Published:  28 March, 2014

Wines of Argentina's Cambalache Nights event, which went on sale through "London's underground events" website The Nudge yesterday, sold 600 tickets in just three and half hours.

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?Wines of Argentina's Cambalache returns: tickets on sale tomorrow

Published:  26 March, 2014

Wines of Argentina's award-winning Cambalache Nights event is returning to London on April 30th and May 1st, with tickets going on sale tomorrow for £40 per person.

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UK to host 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

Published:  24 March, 2014

The official launch of the 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Symposium is set to place today at ProWein in Dusseldorf where details of the event, to be hosted in the UK for the first time, will be revealed.

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Majestic's shares fall 20% on back of profits warning for financial year

Published:  21 March, 2014

Majestic Wine's shares have fallen by as much as 20% over the last two days after it issued a profit warning saying its overall profit before tax would be flat for the financial year.

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Owners of Bladnoch whisky distillery go into liquidation

Published:  19 March, 2014

Scotland's most southerly distillery Bladnoch is up for sale as a going concern following news that its parent company has entered administration.

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Cono Sur to take centre stage when the Tour de France comes to the UK in 2014

Published:  24 February, 2014

Chilean winery, Vina Cono Sur, has signed a deal with the Tour de France 2014 to be the solo wine sponsor for the first three stages of the race that are all taking place in the UK.

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It's wet on our Somerset vines

Published:  13 February, 2014
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English vineyards escape flood damage

Published:  13 February, 2014

The wettest weather in over 100 years has had little effect on English vineyards.

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Getting ready for SITT : Spring clean your wine list

Published:  07 February, 2014

Ahead of this month's SITT tastings, Erin Smith talks to key suppliers about how they hope to help independents give their range a boost

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?The Smith report: The rise of the Great British pound

Published:  07 February, 2014

Erin Smith assesses the currency map as the pound continues to gain ground

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Mike Paul on the lessons and warnings English sparkling wine can take from the success of Prosecco

Published:  29 January, 2014

At the recent International Sparkling Wine Symposium held at Denbies I was facilitating a session on the way forward for English fizz and made a throwaway comment that for all its success producers should be wary of seeing Prosecco as a role model. I noted that, while it has certainly captured the imagination of a large swathe of the wine market, I doubted that many consumers could name individual brands or are aware of the difference between DOC and DOCG Prosecco. This implies that they will tend to be drawn to the cheapest Prosecco that they find acceptable. It would be fair to say that my comment was not universally popular with  Prosecco producers in the room.

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UK remains sixth biggest wine drinking country in world despite falling sales says Vinexpo

Published:  28 January, 2014

The UK remains the sixth biggest wine consuming country in the world despite another year of falling wine sales, according to the latest figures released by Vinexpo, but there are signs drinking levels could be on the up again from 2015.

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Call Time on Duty: Beer sales up due to impact of duty cuts

Published:  28 January, 2014

Beer sales in the off trade rose 3.9% by volume in the fourth quarter of 2013, marking increases for two consecutive quarters for the first time in 10 years, following the cut in beer duty last year.

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Languedoc-based winery aims to create a world class sparkling wine in Kent

Published:  24 January, 2014

A Languedoc-based winery has taken up the challenge of trying to create a world class sparkling wine in a new vineyard in Kent.

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