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The Week That Was: news, views and opinions on

Published:  28 February, 2014

A week is a long time in the world of wine of spirits. Here is our round up of the main news, views and opinions that have appeared on over the last week.


Not only did Enotria hold its annual tasting in London this week, chief exectuive, Alison Levett talked to Gemma McKenna about her plans for the company as a whole, its new corporate identity, a new sales strategy and sticking its "head above the parapet".

The TaxPayers Alliance threw thrown its weight behind the Call Time on Duty campaign this week with an industry launch reception in London and news that it is to distribute beer coasters through pubs calling on the public to lobby their MP about the duty escalator. Read our story here.

US wine giant, Gallo, released its plans for the UK this week and in particular a further push in to premium wines. Helen Arnold was on hand to report. Story here.

Wine harvests are taking place across the southern hemisphere. Here's our review of which countries are picking their grapes.

Let's get behind Fairtrade has teamed up with South African wine producer, Origin Wines, to create a dedicated section of the site to help promote and raise awareness of the Fairtrade Foundation's Fairtrade Fortnight and keep the trade informed about who is doing what across the on and off-trades to highligh Fairtrade wines. You can catch up on all the news by going to our Campaigns and Fairtrade Fortnight section or clicking here.

As part of our Fairtrade Fortnight promotion, Origin Wines founder, Bernard Fontannaz gives his own personal reasons why he and his company are so involved in Fairtrade and makes a plea for all businesses to take the principles of Fairtrade seriously. Read his moving opinion piece here.


Here are some of the key opinion formers who have appeared on this week.

Our regular columnist, advertisting consultant, Mark Fiddes, looks here at how drinks brands can use historial events to promote their brands. 

Jonathan Cahill says the wine trade needs to wake up to the challenge of addressing consumer's preconceived perceptions about the wines they may or may not drink.

Douglas Blyde goes behind the scenes at this week's Fells tasting that included the chance to discover the history and wines of its iconic wine partners including Paul Symington, Thomas Henriot and Miguel Torres Maczassec. 


We talk to Craig Duggan of Signature Wines about the potential of Macedonian wines in the UK like those from the Stobi winery.

For subscribers only: John Valentine explains how the WineTrust100 works that looks to source the world's most quality wines by price.