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The week that was

Published:  05 October, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, here’s a review of some of the most popular news, analysis, opinions and features.

Top stories:

The prospect of health warnings on labels of alcoholic drinks, along with minimum unit pricing, took another step closer to England and Wales as neighbouring Ireland’s parliament (Dáil) passed a Public Health (Alcohol) Bill looking to bring such legislation into law.

For those that do enjoy moderate drinking and the health and happiness benefits that brings, however, news that Japan is to start promoting its wines in the UK came as welcome news, adding yet more interest and variety to the global selection that already lines the UK shelves.

Meanwhile, at the 50 Best Bars Awards in Camden’s legendary Round House, the UK held its head high with a win for Ryan Chet’s Dandelyan, with a good spread of UK rivals also making the list.

Positive messages also emerged about the harvests in Beaujolais and Napa Valley, as the wine world sits and waits to see how 2018 will compare with the depleted and disrupted 2017 shortfall.

And Cape Wine had its best year yet, with record numbers of visitors drawn to the show.

Health warnings on labels set for Irish alcohol bottles

New push to back Japanese wines

London’s Dandelyan wins world’s best bar accolade

Beaujolais announces ‘legendary’ harvest

Napa Valley positive about harvest season

Cape Wine 2018 pulls in record visitor numbers


Analysis and Insights:

On the back of Berry Bros & Rudd chief executive Dan Jago making a strong case for the trade to better promote the career opportunities that exist within, we look at how best to attract the highest calibre candidates to the varied roles within.

And, as the gin boom shows little sign of abating, we cover the increasingly multifaceted nature of this hugely popular spirit.

Attracting Talent

The many faces of gin

People and Opinion:

It’s all been about buyers this week, with the finest faces of Tanners, Steevenson Wines and Lanchester to the fore, explaining what drew them into the trade and now they approach the role.

Meet the buyers: Stephen Crosland, Tanners Wines

Meet the buyers: Charles Steevenson, Steevenson Wines

• Meet the buyers: Lesley Cook, Lanchester Wines