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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  11 July, 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.

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* Tweets of the Week: our round up the best trade comments on Twitter

* Chiefs of the Week: highlighting who we think deserve particular recognition (good or 

* The Claret Pimpernel:  covering off beat, off diary and off the record stories in the trade. 

Check out Harpers Uncorked. And now we can return to our regular scheduled programme...

News: Sparkling wine is still all the rage and doesn't look to be slowing any time soon, Leading independents challenge major suppliers for "lazy" service, California's drought hits critical levels and increases fire danger, World Cup did not help to increase wine sales and Dascher launches a dual-compartment flexitank. 

Sparkling wine continues to surge ahead

Leading independents hit out at major wine suppliers for their "lazy" service

California's wine regions at risk of fire caused by extreme drought

No World Cup sales boost for wine

Dachser launches dual-compartment flexitank to allow transport of two different wines

World Cup Memories this week: Check out some of the greatest World Cup memories for others in the trade.

Chris Stroud's World Cup Memories with Saudi Arabia, Roger Milla and Bryan Robson

Adam Withrington on New Order, Ghana, Suarez and his World Cup memories

Adrian Atkinson on Zidane, Lineker and Barry Davies in his World Cup memories

David Cartwright remembers Mario Kempes, Gordon Banks and Bryan Robson

Financial Insights: Adrian Atkinson leaves his role as wine development manager at Pernod Ricard, Euromonitor's mid year economy update says "UK will be fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014", UK wine volume of sales set to increase by 2017, Australia-Japan trade agreement could help boost Australian wine sales and Naked Wines is unstoppable.

Adrian Atkinson leaves his role as Pernod Ricard's wine development manager

Euromonitor: "UK will be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014"

UK's wine volume sales to pick up by 2017

Australia-Japan trade agreement could boost Oz wine industry

Naked Wines has 50% increase in number of Angels and 40% sales growth in 2013

Opinion & Q&As: Henry Ashworth talks about the Responsibility Deal, Helen Savage discusses how wine makers are using music to help protect their vines and Guy Woodward finds himself on the consumer side of wine.

Henry Ashworth: talks about Portman Group and our industry's commitment to the Responsibility Deal

Helen Savage: on how winemakers are turning to music to protect their vines

Guy Woodward: no more ivory tower posturing, let's get personal with consumers