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Q&A: Owen Morgan, Bar 44 Restaurant Group

Published:  20 December, 2021

Complementing our seasonal online Bouncing Back series, passionate Hispanophile operator Owen Morgan gives Harpers the lowdown on how his business navigated 2021, his exciting new ventures and what 2022 might otherwise hold.

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Profile: Andrew Porton, Lanchester Wines

Published:  15 December, 2021

Stepping up as MD of Lanchester’s wine division, Andrew Porton explains why he’s excited about the future and what The Wine Fusion brings to the party. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Tim Atkin MW: Time for honesty about alcohol

Published:  13 December, 2021

“People like to masturbate.” As first sentences go, this one certainly snares your attention. It’s not the only remarkable thing about Edward Slingerland’s new book Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled our Way to Civilization (£25, Little Brown, Spark). Nor is the author some ill-informed polemicist looking to generate a few headlines. Slingerland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

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Five minutes with Matt Hodgson, Grape Britannia

Published:  06 December, 2021

Matt Hodgson, founder of English wine specialist Grape Britannia, says the time has arrived to look beyond fizz to the UK’s homegrown still gems.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Is it time to kill wine’s sacred cows?

Published:  01 December, 2021

It really is hard to know what to believe these days. The digital world enables instant sharing of information across the globe, which seems good and democratic. Just about anyone can participate. But with it comes lower reliability and veracity of what is being communicated, making it easier to seed fake gospels claiming that two plus two equals five, or seven, or even nine. Perhaps what really matters is the extent to which people make decisions and take actions as a result.

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Q&A: Ray Nadeson, Lethbridge Wines

Published:  29 November, 2021

From straw building to solar power by way of highly sustainable viticulture, Australian winery Lethbridge’s driving force, Ray Nadeson, talks premium wines and primordial soup with Andrew Catchpole.

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Shannon Tebay, head bartender, American Bar

Published:  24 November, 2021

There is finally an American and a female head bartender – the first in a hundred years – back at the helm of at The Savoy’s legendary haunt. Jo Gilbert talks to Shannon Tebay about following in the footsteps of bartending heavyweights and making the leap to the UK.

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Soapbox: Richard Lloyd at The Park makes the case for agile supply chains

Published:  22 November, 2021

We hear from Richard Lloyd, general manager for European operations and supply chain at The Park, the hub of Accolade Wines’ European operations and an independent business in its own right, on how the industry can work together to overcome its supply chain difficulties

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Profile: Fortune Fleming

Published:  19 November, 2021

A bullish Brett Fleming explains to Andrew Catchpole why Armit Wines is back with a bang, firmly focused on the high ground.

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English fizz's bawdy move

Published:  17 November, 2021

A month or so ago, I attended two eye-catching, if very different, launches. Both were from Bibendum Wine: the UK debut of former Dom Pérignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy’s sake; and an unorthodox new English sparkling wine, with the charming name Harlot.

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Headline hero: Santiago Mora Poveda, director general, DO Rueda

Published:  12 November, 2021

In association with DO Rueda


What is it about the style of Rueda that’s driven its popularity?

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Five minutes with Caroline Thompson-Hill, Accolade Wines

Published:  10 November, 2021

Jo Gilbert finds out more about the Accolade Mud House/Tesco Loop partnership via Caroline Thompson-Hill, managing director, Europe, at Accolade Wines.
  

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Producer spotlight: Steve Smith MW, Smith & Sheth

Published:  04 November, 2021

From Craggy Range to Smith & Sheth, winemaker Steve Smith has long been a driving force on New Zealand’s winemaking scene. Always aiming ever higher, he fills Andrew Catchpole in on how it’s going.

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Headline hero: Javier Santafé, DO Navarra

Published:  02 November, 2021

In association with Wines of Navarra

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Can we trade our way out of this mess?

Published:  28 October, 2021

Sitting in reception at one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets waiting for the wine buyer to appear for our appointment, I flicked through my newspaper. When he arrived, I hurriedly stuffed the paper into my briefcase, but not before the buyer had caught sight of it. “Ah, you are one of those are you?” he said, having identified my copy of The Guardian.

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Soapbox: Why 2021’s skills shortage could be the best thing to happen to the hospitality industry

Published:  26 October, 2021

For many workers in hospitality, it’s not only low pay, but aggression and isolation that are the norm. It’s time to change things, says Simon King, former operations director for Gordon Ramsay Group and co-owner of new Surrey gastropub The Victoria Oxshott.

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Profile: Harriet Kininmonth, C&C Group

Published:  20 October, 2021

Jo Gilbert talks to Harriet Kininmonth, wine trading director for C&C Group, the owner of Bibendum and Matthew Clark, about how her newly created role will help to usher in a wine-focused era for the company, while leaving the shadow of Conviviality behind

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Q&A: Laurent Fresnet Cellar Master, Mumm

Published:  18 October, 2021

In partnership with Champagne Mumm

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Tim Atkin MW: The new joy of travel

Published:  14 October, 2021

After 18 months of Zoom calls, Instagram Lives and home tastings, of Coravin capsules, small samples and endless recycling bags, I finally got to visit a wine region two weeks ago. To be strictly accurate, I did go on an inspirational visit to Danbury Ridge in Essex last year, squeezed in between lockdowns, but my trip to Ribera del Duero involved getting on a plane and flying to another country. Spain always lifts my spirits, but this time they soared.

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Headline hero: Olivier Richaud, Domaine d’Aussières

Published:  12 October, 2021

Since you started your tenure at d’Aussières in 2020, what key changes have you overseen at the estate?

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