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

Published:  21 March, 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.


Wine shipments from the west coast of America threatened by strikes: Wine shipments in and out of the west coast of the US could be seriously hampered by possible strike action at 29 major ports.

Alcohol duty escalator scrapped in Budget: The alcohol duty escalator has been scrapped, while duty on spirits has been frozen and beer duty has been cut by 1p per pint.

Battle over Tennessee Bourbon whiskey intensifies:Both Diaego and Brown-Forman have made headlines in recent days over a battle that is brewing in the south of the US over what exactly is the appropriate definition of Tennessee Bourbon whiskey.

Financial corner:

This week Scrapping duty pays out big and wine apps start consolidating: 

Scrapping duty escalator will benefit wine and spirits trade by £175m

Hello Vino acquires social wine app Corkbin- the "Instagram" of wine


This week Dr Holmes raises concerns over excessive drinking and duty freeze, Gemma McKenna weighs in duty and wine and Mario Pablo Silva talks about Chile's harvest:

Dr John Holmes: Questions Budget's alcohol duty cuts

Gemma McKenna: No sour grapes over Budget

Mario Pablo Silva: Casa Silva's managing director talks about Chile's harvest