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

Published:  29 August, 2014

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

News: Catch up with what has happened in Napa as residents clean up after a 6.1 earthquake, Spanish bulk wine may be hitting challenging times, wine trade leans towards more fruit-flavoured wines and Les Grand Chais de France moves into the single serve business.

Napa Earthquake Recap:

Napa's Hess Collection's James Caudill on quake damage at winery

Napa earthquake not expected to affect overall wine stocks

Napa Valley wine industry rocked by 6.1 earthquake

Napa Valley wine community moves forward despite persisting tremors

Other headline news:

Bulk experts call for reform of Spanish wine industry, but producers cite strong performance

Wine trade bets on fruit-flavoured wines

Les Grands Chais de France launches single serve French wine brand to UK

Financial Insights:

Brown-Forman posts positive Q1 financial results

Pernod Ricard year-end results down thanks to China slump and foreign exchange rates

Stock Spirits H1 sales hit by Polish duty hikes

Opinion & Q&As: Harpers' Back To School sessions: We talk with leaders of the trade to ease you back into work following the final days of summer.

Back to School:

Patrick McGrath MW, Hatch Mansfield: Sees ongoing margin pressure for suppliers as a major threat, and tips New Zealand and Prosecco for continued growth

Richard Cochrane, managing director of Felix Solis UK: The end and restart of the 3 for £10 mechanic was a landmark for the UK wine trade, and reckons further consolidation is in the cards.

Anya Robson, Murphy Wine Company: Sees Spain's bulk industry is in crisis and tips South African rosé as one to watch.