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?The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  07 February, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.


Stevens Garnier sells wholesale and retail business to SH Jones: Stevens Garnier has sold its Oxford wholesale and retail business to SH Jones Wines. Richard Jones and Matt Douglas L-R Richard Jones of SH Jones Wines and Matt Douglas of Stevens Garnier
Argentina, Chile and South Africa team up again at Prowein: Following their tasting tie up last September in London the generic bodies of Argentina, Chile and South Africa are teaming up again to present their wines under the banner of Wines of the Beautiful South at this year's Prowein trade fair in Dusseldorf in March.

Liv-ex on why fine wine storage is all set for shake up.

New government legislation stops below cost selling of alcohol 

Financial corner:

This week we took a look at the financial implications of California's drought and Rabobank is optimistic about the UK wine market:
California's drought could raise foreign wine imports to the US and bulk wine prices: With California in the midst of one the most severe droughts in its history, the shortfall in domestic wine supply in the US could see a rise in bulk wine prices and an increase in foreign wine imports.
Improving picture for UK wine trade, says Rabobank: As the UK economy picks up, so too should wine consumption, according to a report from Rabobank.

Harpers Subscriber only-content:

NEW! Harpers Report: The best route to market for buyers and sellers of wine: There have never been more choices available to producers and buyers alike on how to distribute and source wines in the UK market. Harpers has produced a new Routes to Market report to help you find the best solution for your business.

Trade divided over Bordeaux en primeur 2013: Gemma McKenna talks to the trade and finds it is split over the value and importance of this year's en primeur campaign. 

The French Revolution: Andrew Catchpole's market analysis of how French wines sales are having a rennaissance. 

Portugal: looking for an identity. Richard Woodard assesses the opportunity for Portuguese wines and how the trade is split over its potential. 

The Smith report: The rise of the Great British pound: Erin Smith assesses the currency map as the pound continues to gain ground. 

Finding the best bank account for your business: Opening a business bank account should be quite easy. However, banks seem to deliberately muddy the waters so as to make choosing harder than it really should be.


Subscriber only-content:

Big Interview: Michael Saunders of Bibendum on "Why wine isn't enough..." in a major profile by Richard Siddle on how he sees the UK wine trade and what makes Bibendum stand out from the competition. 

Brent Marris, Marisco Vineyards, Waihopai Valley, Malborough, New Zealand, is the winemaker behind multi-award-winning brand The Ned and talks about the factors behind its runaway success


This week Katherine Canfield weighs in on communication to consumers in the wine trade, Jason Wilson talks about the Riesling syndrome and Lindsay Oram discusses the complexities of Austrian winemaking.

Katherine Canfield on consumers listening to those who communicate well
Jason Wilson on the Riesling syndrome: too sweet or too dry?
Lindsay Oram tries to unravel the complexities of Austrian winemaking


Geoffrey Dean goes behind the scenes at Zuma