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

Published:  12 September, 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 this week. Majestic buyers want better service from suppliers, changes at Ehrmanns, congratulations to the six new Masters of Wine (one was Harper's own regular contributor Anne Krebiehl!!),South Africa moves into the number five spot as best selling wine country, and Accolade's Paul Schaafsma warns that supermarkets may go through a product rationalisation in the next 18 months.

Top Majestic buyers accuse suppliers of not doing their "homework"

Ehrmanns 'galvanised and recharged' by recent changes

Six new Masters of Wine announced

Ex-Ehrmanns directors form new wine distribution company

South Africa replaces Spain to become fifth best selling country in UK, says Accolade

Supermarkets set to cull wine suppliers, warns Accolade's Paul Schaafsma

Live from the Beautiful South Tasting: Harpers was reporting LIVE for the past two days from the second annual Beautiful South Tasting!  Check out what people were talking about at the show.

Live news blog: The Beautiful South Tasting Day Two

Argentina and South Africa lead growth in off-trade sales in UK

UK is major priority, says Wines of Argentina as exports soar

Gaucho's Phil Crozier calls on Argentina to celebrate its "rock and roll" winemakers

South Africa's Bruce Jack warns winemakers not to jump on "bandwagons"

Live news blog: The Beautiful South Tasting Day One

Financial insights:

Tesco expands Dan Jago's global wine role to include beer and spirits

Diageo Technology Ventures looks to harness tech start-ups to drive innovation

Sterling declines following news of a rise in support for Scottish independence

Chapel Down looks to drive expansion plans through crowdfunding

Opinion & Q&As:

Glynn Davis discovers the craft beers and bars of Copenhagen

Richard Siddle: why we should be rightly proud of Majestic and Oddbins

Guy Woodward admires how Napa Valley took the Californian earthquake in its stride

Anne Krebiehl: why biodynamic wines need to change their communication

Darrel Joseph: explores up and coming wines from Macedonia


Chief of the week: The Dude