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

Published:  17 November, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Most Read: New Zealand was shaken at the beginning of the week by a 7.5 earthquake, with wineries in the North Canterbury and Marlborough areas most affected. 

In Europe and the UK, Port house Sandeman re-launched its tawny range, and there was a strong reaction to the story which called for a clearer definition of the practice where Scotch is finished in a second set of barrels which have previously contained spirits or wine.

High Street: A customer service and marketing drive led to increased sales at Majestic Wine, although MD Rowan Gormley has work to transform a £4.4 profit loss if the retailer is to hit its three-year target.

Meanwhile, off licences were given more competition from Deliveroo which ramped up its alcohol delivery offering by partnering with Heineken.

Analysis and Insights: Our Christmas spirits feature took a look at the best ways to make spirits stand out on the shelves at this time of year and broached the subject of whether or not to discount.

Our insights piece Curating consumer preference, took an in depth look at new WinePro data from Kingsland Drinks and at the consumer trends shaping buying habits. 

People and Opinion: We spoke to Wine Rack about their major hybrid roll-out and Guy Woodward went to town on the prejudice against luxury. 

Wine Rack: Bringing hybrid to the high street

Guy Woodward: Why is the wine world so snotty about luxury?