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How to become a somm: Inside tips from the trade’s best

Published:  13 November, 2019

Forget Game of Thrones read Jancis instead… Put your social life on hold… Every day is a school day… Have an exit strategy… these are just some of the bits of advice offered from the UK’s top sommeliers when quizzed about how to get ahead in the trade.

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Jascots strengthens team with former Sommelier of the Year

Published:  11 November, 2019

On-trade distributor Jascots Wine Merchants has appointed former Galvin’s head sommelier and wine buyer Andrea Briccarello to its new business team.

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“It’s still a man’s world” say bartenders promoting sisterhood at all-female takeover

Published:  06 November, 2019

The opportunities for women to reach the pinnacle of their careers in the hospitality industry was one of the hot topics at a recent event at The Artesian bar, which shone a well-deserved light on the talent of the female bartenders working in the industry today.

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Joe Fattorini: Selling scarcity tactics

Published:  31 October, 2019

Head of London sales at Fields, Morris & Verdin

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Q&A: Christine Parkinson, buyer, sommelier & consultant

Published:  29 October, 2019

Parting company with Hakkasan after 18 years, one of the stars of the trade tells Andrew Catchpole what she’s learnt along the way

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Glen Moray responds to mixologist demand for single malt mixer

Published:  25 October, 2019

Glen Moray has responded to mixologist demand for single malt cocktail mixers with a new range of ‘bitters’.

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Profits dive as Premier Inn and and Beefeater owner feels Brexit strain

Published:  22 October, 2019

One of the UK’s largest hospitality groups is showing signs of strain from drawn-out economic uncertainty, with profits nosediving 7%.

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Veuve Clicquot to open London Champagne bar

Published:  17 October, 2019

Veuve Clicquot has partnered with award-winning US singer-songwriter Annie Clark, better known as St Vincent, to open a Champagne bar in London’s Covent Garden.

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Harpers to host sparkling wine discussion at Bellavita

Published:  17 October, 2019

Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole will host a roundtable on sparkling wines at Mediterranean food and wine fair Bellavita next week.

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UK cocktail market passes £600m

Published:  16 October, 2019

UK spirits lovers drank £604m of cocktails in the last year, according to the latest quarterly Mixed Drinks report from market analysts CGA.

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Ask a Somm: Julien Hennebelle, Norma London

Published:  16 October, 2019

Former Salt Yard chef director Ben Tish opened Sicilian-focussed Norma in London’s Fitzrovia just a few weeks ago. The restaurant is inspired by the food, wine and culture of Sicily and this is borne out across an impressive wine list.

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Bellavita London unveils expanded events roster

Published:  14 October, 2019

The annual Bellavita Expo London is set to return to Islington’s Business Design Centre next month with a wide range of masterclasses, tastings and discussion panels hosted by Bellavita’s wine academy, BeWine.

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On-trade shrugs off Brexit gloom

Published:  14 October, 2019

Like-for-like sales in the on-trade rose 1.2% in September, according to the latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Michelin awards first star to UK vineyard restaurant

Published:  08 October, 2019

Interlude, the restaurant at the Leonardslee Estate and Gardens in Sussex, has become the first restaurant attached to a UK vineyard to win a Michelin star.

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Bar Convent confirms new venue for 2020 expansion

Published:  07 October, 2019

Berlin-based international bar trade event Bar Convent has found a new, bigger home.

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Official industry ‘tipping’ body is formed

Published:  01 October, 2019

An official industry body for best practice around 'tipping' and service charges in the hospitality industry has been created. 

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Joe Fattorini: Price perception

Published:  01 October, 2019

Joe Fattorini, head of London sales at Fields, Morris & Verdin

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Hole in one, two, three…

Published:  27 September, 2019

Puttshack, the crazy golf/bar/restaurant outfit, has announced ambitious growth plans that should see it expand nationwide and internationally, with dozens of venues opening up over the next three years.

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Harvest Festival with a difference at Vagabond

Published:  26 September, 2019

London’s Vagabond Wines is offering wine drinkers a twist on the school autumn-term staple, the Harvest Festival.

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Q&A: Nick Bethell, Snobby's

Published:  24 September, 2019

Andrew Catchpole noses around Snobby’s, Bristol’s new gastronomic oasis offering a distinctly unsnobbish mix of great wine and cracking pizza

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