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Harpers Design Awards 2018: The winners

Published:  10 December, 2018

Good design may only sell the one, first bottle if the liquid inside is discovered to be below par. But present the most sublime booze in a mediocre or off-putting package and the painstaking craft of the distiller or winemaker is likely to be left collecting dust.

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Guilhon d’Aze XO Armagnac wins biennial Prix Du Président

Published:  27 November, 2018

This year’s Les Talents de l’Armagnac competition in Eauze awarded the top honour to a relative outsider, Guilhon d’Aze Bas Armagnac X0 from Domaine Denis Tastet, in a hotly contested judging round presided over by Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole.

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Bruce Jack UK launch

Published:  22 November, 2018

Prominent South African winemaker Bruce Jack officially launched his new eponymous wine range yesterday at High Timber restaurant in London.

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Edinburgh Gin plans multi-million-pound distillery

Published:  16 November, 2018

Edinburgh Gin has unveiled plans to invest in a new multi-million-pound distillery in Edinburgh city centre.

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Distell to launch fine wine division

Published:  14 November, 2018

African wine, spirits and cider giant Distell is set to launch a new premium wine division with Nederburg as its flagship, Harpers can reveal.

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Accolade sparkling head and wine icon Ed Carr on launching Tasmanian fizz onto the world stage

Published:  01 November, 2018

Fresh from his win at the Lifetime Achievement Awards at last week’s Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships in London, Ed Carr, group head sparkling winemaker at Accolade Wines talked to Harpers about putting Tasmania on the map.

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Missed opportunity: What a rise with inflation means for the UK wine trade

Published:  30 October, 2018

Pub landlords and spirits importers will be breathing a sigh of relief this morning, but not the nation’s wine trade – which is looking at an extra £90 million bill in duty next year.

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Low disease pressure and minimal intervention casts warm glow over UK wine industry

Published:  24 October, 2018

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Penfolds launches 2018 collection alongside National Geographic film

Published:  19 October, 2018

It’s been a busy few months for the iconic Australian producer.

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Guy Woodward: Nyetimber’s gift to the industry

Published:  16 October, 2018

Guy Woodward, Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year 2018

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Things hotting up for English wine following record-breaking summer

Published:  12 October, 2018

Producers are calling 2018’s harvest the “harvest of the century” after unusually warm climes descended on Britain this summer and autumn.

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Bodega Argento targets UK on-trade as it becomes Mendoza’s largest organic producer

Published:  11 October, 2018

Organic winemaking has gone mainstream in recent years as producers aim to keep abreast of health conscious and sustainability trends.

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Rhône coops chase cru margins to balance tough market

Published:  22 August, 2018

Rhône Valley cooperatives are on a mission to premiumise their offering, as market pressures mean they can “no longer compete with the New World at £3 a bottle”.

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Nyetimber unveils 30th anniversary rebrand

Published:  15 August, 2018

Top English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber is commemorating with the big 3-0 with a new look for some of its products, including its classic cuvee.

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South Africa 2018 harvest “most challenging” in living memory

Published:  31 July, 2018

Serious drought in the Western Cape affected both natural supplies of water and government allocations ahead of this year’s harvest.

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French wine producers hail anti-hail netting go-ahead

Published:  26 July, 2018

Wine producers have applauded the news that the INAO has officially approved the use of anti-hail netting in French vineyards describing it as a ‘positive development’.

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Bolney clinches deal with mainland China

Published:  26 July, 2018

Bolney Wine Estate has become the first English wine producer to secure distribution in mainland China.

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Black Tower follows up healthy drinking trends with new 0.5% abv range

Published:  25 July, 2018

Black Tower is expanding its low alcohol offering in a bid to boost its appeal to health-conscious millennials at Christmas.

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Malbec pioneer Hervé J. Fabre brings varietal focus to the UK via Cahors

Published:  19 July, 2018

Hervé and Diane Joyaux Fabre, the driving force behind leading Argentinian bodega Viñalba, have secured their first UK listing since moving home to France last year.

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“Short-sighted” Bordeaux En Primeur strategies leave little to no value for the trade

Published:  29 June, 2018

A “lack of wines priced attractively” has been blamed for a less than successful 2017 Bordeaux campaign.

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