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Richard Siddle: how wine merchants can benefit by working together

Published:  16 July, 2012

Being an independent retailer can, by definition, be a lonely place to be. Whilst being 100% responsible for your own business can bring great advantages it can also leave you exposed to making executive decisions you might not always be qualified or experienced enough to make.

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Richard Siddle: why wine prices are sometimes too good to be true

Published:  01 July, 2012


It may have been some time since the UK wine trade was dominated by the clipped tones of our cover star in this week's Harpers Wine & Spirit, the one and only Terry Thomas, but the level of trust and reassurance that comes with a certain accent and upbringing is still an important, unquantifiable, part of the sector.

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Geoffrey Dean: travels through the Lebanon

Published:  01 July, 2012


The Bekaa Valley is secure again, and its wineries are welcoming
visitors with open arms. That is the message the Lebanese are keen to
promote, notwithstanding the destabilising events in neighbouring
Syria and, having just got back from a trip to the Bekaa, I would
happily concur.

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Richard Siddle: Why we should all get behind LIWF

Published:  30 May, 2012


So another London International Wine Fair has been and gone and as ever there are many in the trade who have been keen to perform their own post mortem on the show. Well here's mine.

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Day 1 LIWF: live blog

Published:  22 May, 2012

Don't forget to check our live blog for rolling updates of what's been going on each day at LIWF. You can also follow us on Twitter @harperswine #LIWF.

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Michael Stoddart explores the 'economic deception' behind supermarket wines

Published:  21 May, 2012

Vino Ignobile?

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Richard Siddle: comment, May 18, why LIWF is still our showcase to the world

Published:  18 May, 2012


There has been a lot of nostalgia in recent weeks as the nation's media prepares us all for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is as if a look back to the 1970s, the three-day weeks, power cuts and Carry On films, will make us feel a whole lot better about life in Britain in 2012.

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Richard Siddle: comment May 4; seeing the world through Boris's eyes..

Published:  04 May, 2012


Here's a topical anecdote to mark the seemingly never-ending London mayoral elections that took place on Thursday.

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Richard Siddle: comment April 5, Government splits drinks industry over minimum pricing

Published:  05 April, 2012


The debate around the proposed minimum price of alcohol appears to have split the trade in two.

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Gavin Quinney blog: Bordeaux's en primeur 2011

Published:  28 March, 2012

As the world's top tasters get ready to head to Bordeaux to sample the 2011 vintage, Gavin Quinney, owner of the region's Château Bauduc, blogs on what he thinks lies ahead.
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Richard Siddle: comment, is Cameron's minimum pricing move a double bluff?

Published:  23 March, 2012

When Steve Hilton, David Cameron's so called policy advisor, packed his man bag to head to California many thought he had taken all of the Prime Minister's big policy ideas with him.
Well think again.

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Richard Siddle: comment March, how wine companies are changing the way they operate

Published:  21 March, 2012

Itseemed like the world, its wife and extended family had turned up at Prowein, the German wine fair early this month. Over 40,000 members of the global wine family had made the trek to Dusseldorf by plane, car and winnebago to take advantage of what is increasingly being seen as the most commercially important trade fair in the world.

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Richard Siddle: on the road with Glenmorangie at Sassicaia

Published:  29 February, 2012

There are wine press trips and there are spirits press trips and both are very different affairs. But never in my experience do you get a wine and spirits trip all mixed up in one.

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Richard Siddle: comment, February 24, time for us all to stand up over responsible drinking

Published:  24 February, 2012

David Cameron's warning last week that his government is looking to introduce much tighter drinks legislation, including potentially a minimum price for alcohol, resulted in the industry taking another beating from the national media.
Yet other than the obligatory responses from our much called upon drinks trade associations, where was the reply from our major drinks companies?

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Richard Siddle: comment, February 24, time for us all to stand up over responsible drinking

Published:  24 February, 2012

David Cameron's warning last week that his government is looking to introduce much tighter drinks legislation, including potentially a minimum price for alcohol, resulted in the industry taking another beating from the national media.
Yet other than the obligatory responses from our much called upon drinks trade associations, where was the reply from our major drinks companies?

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Richard Siddle, comment: what sort of brand appeal do you have?

Published:  16 February, 2012


It says something of how far the power of brands are now so embedded in our lives that the adverts during this week's Super Bowl had more of an impact than the game itself.

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Richard Siddle: comment, January 30, The gospel according to the Famous Five

Published:  30 January, 2012

As the industry takes a collective intake of breath for us all to plan our respective budgets for the financial year ahead, who better to guide us in our efforts than the collective thoughts of the BWS chiefs at each of our major supermarkets. The Famous Five if you like.

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Anne Krebiehl: a review of the Thrilling Vintages from Germany tasting by The Wine Barn

Published:  17 January, 2012


"It is just important to give the trade the opportunity to taste, to show how good and versatile these wines are," said Iris Ellmann, MD of German specialist merchant The Wine Barn at yesterday's Annual Trade Tasting.

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Richard Siddle: comment, December 16, Let's Get Engaged

Published:  16 December, 2011

If you did believe all you read in the papers then you would not get out of bed in the morning. If the economic predictions for the year ahead were not enough to get you reaching for a bottle of the strong stuff, we're now being told by a TV retail celebrity that if you did pop down to your local high street you would not be able to find a shop with a bottle to sell you.

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Richard Siddle: my visions of China

Published:  02 December, 2011

When's the last time you had a Chinese takeaway? Last week? A fortnight ago? If the pundits are right we'll soon be asking the same question about the last Chinese wine you had.

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