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Q&A: Hervé Deschamps, chief winemaker at Perrier-Jouët, talks about his work at the iconic brand spanning three decades

Published:  25 March, 2015

Hervé Deschamps talks to Erin Smith about the pressures of being chief winemaker at Perrier-Jouët

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María José Sevilla, Wines from Spain, on what we can expect next in the UK

Published:  09 March, 2015

Consumer knowledge of Spanish wines has grown exponentially in the UK in recent years. María José Sevilla, director of Wines From Spain, talks to Harpers about what's next.

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Country analysis: Californian wines hit the jackpot in the UK

Published:  08 March, 2015

It seems California wines have struck gold in the UK in recent years, as the value of US wine exports has exponentially grown within the global wine market, despite volumes staying relatively stable, writes Erin Smith

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March for the Independents: Harpers exclusive poll finds a growing split between large and small independents

Published:  06 March, 2015

There is a growing split between the scale, performance and growth of the country's independent wine merchants, according to an exclusive poll conducted for Harpers March for the Independents conference and campaign.

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The Smith Report: implications for the wine trade as euro tumbles

Published:  06 March, 2015

The euro has been having a rough time of it lately, which has implications for the wine world and may cause things to change over the next couple of months.

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Exclusive Google tips: 10 ways wine could can tell a better story online with video

Published:  06 March, 2015

Key trade figures came together last month to discuss with Google how to use online video, in a seminar organised by the School of Wine & Spirits Business in Dijon and supported by Harpers.

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Martin Williams: Ex-Gaucho boss on theatre of dining at his new 'M Restaurants'

Published:  06 March, 2015

Martin Williams caused a stir in the restaurant world when he announced he was leaving his top job at Gaucho Grill to go it alone in a 300-seat destination dining venue in central London. But he could not be happier following the opening of his new venture "M".

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UK vs France: the differences in marketing regulation of alcoholic drinks

Published:  06 March, 2015

If we think drinks legislation is inhibitive in the UK we only need look across the Channel to cheer ourselves. We asked Dr Tom Farrell and Dr Beno&icirct Lecat which system is more fit for purpose in the 21st century.

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Mitchells & Butlers: what on-trade buyers are looking for from their suppliers

Published:  06 March, 2015

Former Somerfield wine buyer and restaurant consultant Angela Mount asks Henry Boyes, wine procurement manager for Mitchells & Butlers, what suppliers need to do to satisfy the largest on-trade group in the UK.

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Denis O'Flynn, Pernod Ricard UK, why we need to get behind the WSTA

Published:  06 March, 2015

Denis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, talks about his plans as the new chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Colum Egan, master distiller at Bushmills, predicts a strong future for Irish whiskey

Published:  02 March, 2015

These are excavating times for Irish whiskey in general, and for Bushmills in particular. More than 20 distilleries have either started producing whiskey spirit or about to, the country's whiskey industry is awash with overseas money, and is more vibrant and dynamic than at any time in more than century.

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Q&A: BiBoViNo's Frantz Roesch on why BIB wine is going upmarket

Published:  10 February, 2015

Frantz Roesch, founder of French bag-in-box retail concept BiBoViNo, reveals his plans for UK expansion, high profile backers and why it will focus on old world wines only.

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Q&A: Agustin Trapero, sommelier, Almeida

Published:  09 February, 2015

Fiona Griffiths talks to Agustin Trapero, sommelier at Almeida in Islington, about swapping the restaurant's printed wine list for a 'wine wall' and tasting table

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The Smith Report: The rise of independents retailers

Published:  09 February, 2015

There is some significant hype around the independent sector in the UK at the moment, but is it really warranted?

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Q&A: Andy and Claire Kitching, Friends of Ham

Published:  06 February, 2015

How do a construction manager and a City headhunter end up running a bar that has been voted the best place to drink in Britain? Nigel Huddleston meets Andy Kitching, half of the team behind Leeds' award-winning Friends of Ham

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Profile: Frescobaldi - stepping into the unknown

Published:  06 February, 2015

Italy's Frescobaldi family may be world famous for its wines, but can it succeed in the highly competitive restaurant world? Douglas Blyde goes behind the scenes at its first standalone restaurant off London's Regent Street

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Profile: Bottle Apostle

Published:  06 February, 2015

Bottle Apostle is one of the new breed of independent wine merchants hitting well-heeled high streets across the country. Both cool and quirky, it has its sights set on young and affluent customers, as Helen Arnold discovers

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Supermarkets special report: Why less is more

Published:  06 February, 2015

As the UK's major multiples look to pare back their wine and spirit ranges in order to boost performance and compete with discounters, Gemma McKenna asks what this new direction will mean for the rest of the trade

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Independent merchants: the ones to watch

Published:  06 February, 2015

As part of our March for the Independents campaign, here we highlight some of the independent merchants across the country worth keeping an eye on. Gemma McKenna reports

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Tim Heath, senior winemaker of Cloudy Bay, talks about the challenges of making an iconic Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  06 February, 2015

Tim Heath, Cloudy Bay's straight-talking 38-year-old Aussie winemaker, talks about the challenges of producing one of the world's most iconic Sauvignons, his winemaking ethos - and his loathing of accountants.

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