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Martin Williams: The ambitious Mr. M

Published:  08 April, 2016

It has been more than a year since Martin Williams went it alone and opened his first M restaurant on Threadneedle Street in London. Harpers.co.uk catches up with him and finds he hasn't slowed down since.

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Insights: The importance of design when wine customers buy with their eyes

Published:  06 April, 2016

Customers across all retail sectors are buying with their eyes and the message behind the label has never been so important.

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Analysis: California cool climate wines see sales soar

Published:  06 April, 2016

California wines are red hot in the UK at the moment, with their popularity driven by more restrained styles from cooler climates.

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Robin Davis: The growing appeal of niche agencies to the on-trade

Published:  06 April, 2016

Swig's Robin Davis talks about the growing appeal of niche agencies for a vibrant on-trade.

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Insights: South Africa's bigger players need to drive the quality message

Published:  04 April, 2016

After a flush of niche successes, it's now up to South Africa's bigger players to drive the quality message home.

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Q&A: ITV's The Wine Show co-hosts Joe Frattorini and Amelia Singer

Published:  04 April, 2016

Ahead of this month's roll-out of ITV's new series The Wine Show, Harpers.co.uk catches up with Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer.

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LWF 2016 Preview: London Wine Fair 2016 goes hi-tech with Bottlebooks

Published:  04 April, 2016

London Wine Fair is stepping up a digital gear by joining forces with wine software provider Bottlebooks. See the impact the new software will have on this year's fair.

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Insight: The psychology of drinks selection in the on-trade

Published:  01 April, 2016

New research into the psychology of drink selection in the on-trade puts the focus firmly on customer needs

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Analysis: The power of ProWein

Published:  01 April, 2016

With ProWein over for another year, Harpers.co.uk looks back at one of the mightiest wine trade fairs around and hears what attendees and exhibitors had to say

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Smith Report: As an industry we have strength in numbers

Published:  01 April, 2016

Following the increase in wine duty doled out in the recent Budget and looking ahead to Brexit, it is important the trade have a united voice

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Guy Woodward: We need to ditch wine's elitist reputation

Published:  01 April, 2016

Guy Woodward reflects on how any wine "advice" may be viewed through the prism of wine being the preserve of patronising snobs.

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Insights: French wine exports to the UK are changing

Published:  30 March, 2016

The latest data from French customs shows Bordeaux wine exports to Britain fell sharply by almost 7% (6.79%) last year when compared with 2014, but their value increased by 2.08%.

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ProWein 2016: The importance of brand building within the UK wine trade

Published:  22 March, 2016

This year's ProWein was marked by a distinct spilt that seems to be happening within the UK wine trade. Discovery of small producers and esoteric wines is growing in popularity, but simultaneously so is the emphasis on brand building within the wine trade. Bill Hardy, of UK's number one wine brand discussed the importance of why brand building is important in the UK wine trade.

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Jerry Lockspieser: Are you an Inner or an Outer?

Published:  22 March, 2016

Are you an "inner" or an "outer"? This is not a question about bicycle tyres but the increasingly vexed matter of where you stand on Britain's membership of the European Union.

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ProWein 2016: The challenge of the falling South African rand

Published:  17 March, 2016

Between the bush fires, one of the most severe droughts in the last century and a toppling currency, South Africa has not had it easy in 2015. The currency specifically has been challenging for wine producers and could potentially pose a problem for wine producers in the year ahead.

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Analysis: Why are Portugese wines still struggling in the UK?

Published:  17 March, 2016

It really is one of the great mysteries of modern wine retailing: why hasn't the huge critical acclaim accorded to Portuguese wines translated into either higher shelf sales or wider recognition amongst the wine-buying public?

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Champagne's battle for the top spot

Published:  14 March, 2016

It's no secret that sparkling wine sales have been a massive success story in the UK market of late

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Q&A: Bernadette Knight, Armand de Brignac

Published:  14 March, 2016

Launched in 2006 by historic house Cattier, the success of Armand de Brignac was largely built on its association with celebrities like Jay Z, who purchased the brand from Cattier in 2014. Yet, de Brignac's chief marketing officer insists that the wine's quality has chiefly contributed to the brand's success

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English sparkling wine's southern charm

Published:  11 March, 2016

Recent research conducted by Harpers into the sparkling wine listings of around 50 mid to high-end restaurants in south east England and London threw up some interesting insights into the mix of fizzes offered both by the bottle and being served by the glass. 

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ProWein 2016 preview

Published:  11 March, 2016

With the world of wine and spirits soon to descend on Düsseldorf for ProWein, Harpers delivers the essential knowledge on the largest drinks trade show

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