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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on

Published:  27 May, 2016

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.

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

Top News: It has been another busy week in the on and off-trade, with counterfeit wine, pricing simplifiction and the death of multibuys in the multiples as some of our most read stories. Our most read story by Erin Smith came from a report from the W2O Group which said that Sofia, Graham, Kevin, Anna and Don represent the five defined tribes of wine buyers.

The five tribes of US wine buyers and the ROI of social media

$100 million of counterfeit wine in circulation

California group In Pursuit of Balance will close its doors at the end of the year

Majestic Wine rolls out several new wines ahead of summer

Sainsbury's to simplify pricing as it prepares to axe multibuy deals

Spotlight on Rioja: The future of Rioja as Spain's primary wine-producing region is a hot topic at the moment. With other up-and-coming regions such as Ribera del Duero nipping at Rioja's heels, Barnaby Eales takes a look at what the terroir debate means for Spain and senior reporter Jo Gilbert visits the region to speak to head winemaker at La Rioja Alta S.A.

Grandes Pagos de España pressures the Rioja DO to adapt

Q&A: Julio Sáenz, La Rioja Alta, S.A.

Gilbert's Grape: One night in Rioja

Insights: What is next for Rioja?

In other news:

Asia is set to claim two-thirds of global beverage consumption by 2021

Canada showed why it is making its mark on the UK trade at Taste Canada 2016

The Wine Show's Amelia Singer spoke about what it's like to be a social (media) butterfly - and how being Insta-savvy is crucial to engaging new audiences.


Analysis & Insights:

Conintuing the Rioja discussion is James Larence who asks: Can Ribera del Duero compete with the Rioja in the UK?

We take a look at how privately funded associations have become a defining feature of the global wine industry in Insights: The rise of the owners club

Opinion & Q&As:

Harpers columnist Jerry Lockspeiser asks Is wine quality the key to sales?

Jo Gilbert spoke to the warm and wonderful Joy Spence on the tecnological innovations she has witnessed in her 35 year career with Appleton Estate Jamica Rum.

Q&A: Angelo Gobbi, Bromley Court Hotel