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Chiefs of the week: Guy Woodward

Published:  11 July, 2014

Let's raise a glass to our new regular columnist Guy Woodward who is now entertaining Harpers readers with his insightful, cutting and controversial views.

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Henry Ashworth, the Portman Group: our industry's commitment to the Responsibility Deal

Published:  11 July, 2014

Here we publish the comment piece from Henry Ashworth, chief executive, of the Portman Group, on his reaction to this week's government announcement on the Responsbility Deal and the drinks industry's response to the new commitments laid down in the deal.

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Glenmorangie Pride 1978 is my finest whisky yet, says Dr Bill Lumsden

Published:  11 July, 2014

Glenmorangie claims its new release, Pride 1978, which has been extra matured in casks of Grand Cru claret wine, is its most exclusive launch yet and follows on the success of the Pride 1981 which was released in 2011.

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Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe on why Cru Bourgeois is a wine brand in its own right

Published:  11 July, 2014

The French Appellation Contrôlée system is famously based on guaranteeing the geographical origin of a wine, rather than focusing on the quality of what is actually in the bottle - something that causes a headache for those who are trying to sell French wine and the consumers who wonder what the difference is between a bottle of Bordeaux at £4 and one at £24.

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Herman ze German's cheeky World Cup offer

Published:  10 July, 2014

The CP had thought the days of Stan Boardman and his "ze German" jokes had been confined to history. But that was until we came across the London eaterie, Herman ze German, which has been quick to send out news alerts urging people to head to its outlets this Sunday and enjoy the World Cup final with a bratwurst or two.

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Frescobaldi family to open first UK restaurant

Published:  10 July, 2014

Acclaimed Italian wine family, the Frescobaldis, is to open its first standalone restaurant and wine bar in the UK.

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David Babich on how carefully matched food helps bring his wines alive

Published:  10 July, 2014

David Babich, general manager of the family-owned Babich Wines, which reaped its first vintage in Auckland's Henderson Valley in 1916, along with Dinah Kinnear, sales manager for Europe, introduced their wine range at a special event hosted by UK distributor, PLB, at London's Underground Cookery School.

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Chris Stroud's World Cup Memories with Saudi Arabia, Roger Milla and Bryan Robson

Published:  10 July, 2014
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Harpers Low-Alcohol Wine Report: Subscribers download here

Published:  09 July, 2014

Try as it might, the UK wine trade has yet to crack the low-alcohol wine category, according to a new Harpers report published today.

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Over 55s increasingly happy with new smart technology to buy online

Published:  09 July, 2014

Drinks brands and retailers looking to target the key over 55 grey market should do so through smartphones, tablets and the internet as the older generation becomes increasingly comfortable with technology.

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Over 55s want to be marekted to through smart technology

Published:  09 July, 2014
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Adam Withrington on New Order, Ghana, Suarez and his World Cup memories

Published:  09 July, 2014

Well that was a bit like watching a car crash in slow motion. Too many bad memories if you happen to be Brazilian, but dreamland for the Germans. To help bring us back down to earth we turn to Adam Withrington, PR manager at Treasury Wine Estates for his World Cup Memories.

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Draft House to launch new beer and cocktail bar concept

Published:  09 July, 2014

London craft beer bar chain Draft House is launching a beer and cocktail bar concept with a DIY micro-distillery below its flagship site on the south side of Tower Bridge.

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  09 July, 2014
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Spanish restaurant chain, MasQMenos, opens in London

Published:  08 July, 2014

MasQMenos, the Spanish restaurant chain, is to open its first UK site in Holborn in London offering what it claims will be "Spanish gastronomy in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere".

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Adrian Atkinson on Zidane, Lineker and Barry Davies in his World Cup memories

Published:  08 July, 2014

After the long, two day wait, the World Cup in Brazil starts again later today with Brazil back in to action againt Columbia. To get you in the mood, here Adrian Atkinson is the latest to step up to the plate and share his World Cup memories.

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Ted Sandbach, Oxford Wine Company: what I want from my suppliers

Published:  07 July, 2014

As an independent wine merchant one of the important and challenging jobs is how we deal and negotiate with suppliers. These can be large national companies or small boutique operations and we could be dealing with anything from the old fashioned "rep" to owners, directors or winemakers.

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David Cartwright remembers Mario Kempes, Gordon Banks and Bryan Robson

Published:  07 July, 2014

And then there were four...yes the Brazil World Cup is getting down to the serious stuff with only the semi-finals and final to go. But there is still time for members of the trade to share their World Cup Memories. David Cartwright of Seckford Agencies is the latest to take up the challenge.

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Lebanese producers move to protect vital supplies from Syria

Published:  07 July, 2014

Lebanese wine producers are having to take continued steps to ensure the quality of aniseed sourced from Syria to help make the traditonal drink, arak, is not compromised by the continued conflict over the border.

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Adrian Atkinson leaves his role as Pernod Ricard's wine development manager

Published:  04 July, 2014

Adrian Atkinson has left Pernod Ricard this week as part of a mini restructure of its commercial and marketing teams.

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