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Leading industry experts to share their experiences with first Wine Buyers forum

Published:  28 February, 2014

The inaugural Wine Buyers Forum taking place in Windsor next month will give buyers from across the on and off-trades the chance to get first hand advice from leading industry figures and take part in a number of business workshops that look to address the key issues facing buyers today.

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Q&A with Nick Tatham MW of Continental Food and Wine, specialists in British, Italian and bulk wine

Published:  27 February, 2014

 

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Wine exports from the United States reach record levels

Published:  27 February, 2014

Wine exports from the United States reached a record $1.55 billion in 2013 up 16.4% on 2012 with California now accounting for 90% of all American wine sold around the world.

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Mark Fiddes how history can give your brand a cause to celebrate

Published:  25 February, 2014

"Beware of Greeks bearing gifts," said Laocoon of the Trojan Horse.

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SITT Spring opens its doors to independents in Manchester

Published:  24 February, 2014

Leading independent merchants, sommeliers and restaurateurs will be heading to Manchester's Old Trafford Cricket Club today for the start of this spring's Specialist Importers Trade Tasting and the chance to discover new and diverse wines from suppliers focused on the independent sector.

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Jonathan Cahill: successful drinks marketing is about understanding consumers' perceptions

Published:  24 February, 2014

As with any product or brand, the wine consumers' choice is based on their perception of it and not on reality. Often the gulf between the two is large. The fact that this is not widely recognised, despite all the evidence which underwrites it, can only be a handicap in the marketing of wine.

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Cono Sur to take centre stage when the Tour de France comes to the UK in 2014

Published:  24 February, 2014

Chilean winery, Vina Cono Sur, has signed a deal with the Tour de France 2014 to be the solo wine sponsor for the first three stages of the race that are all taking place in the UK.

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Q&A with Craig Duggan of Signature Wines on the potential of Macedonian wines in the UK

Published:  24 February, 2014

Craig Duggan, business development manager for Signature Wines, talks to Douglas Blyde about reviving Macedonia's ancient wine tradition with Stobi Wines.

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Ruth Yates joins expert online panel for Harpers debate at PLB Manchester tasting

Published:  21 February, 2014

Ruth Yates, the award winning independent wine merchant who runs the Corks Out chain across the north west, is the latest name to join the Harpers panel looking at opportunities for online sales and retailing at next month's PLB independent roadshow tasting in Manchester on March 5.

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Vinisud attracts buyers from around the world to highlight its Mediterranean wine and spirits

Published:  21 February, 2014

Over 1,600 exhibitors from across the Mediterranean's world of wine and spirits are set to descend on Montpellier in Southern France next week for this year's Vinisud trade show which hopes to attract buyers from all over the world.

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Caroline Gilby goes on a Voyage tasting around central and Eastern Europe

Published:  21 February, 2014

The Voyage was certainly an appropriate name for this fascinating tasting at Vinoteca in Soho. It brought together the portfolios of Theatre of Wine and Eclectic Wines, along with Croatian specialists Vino Nostro and Hungarian wines from The Winemakers' Club. 

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Update: Tributes made from across the trade following the death of Michael Cox

Published:  21 February, 2014

Tributes from across the trade are being made to Michael Cox, the highly respected industry figure and European head of Wine of Chile who died last night after a year long battle with bile duct cancer. 

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Michael Cox UK head of Wines of Chile and respected industry figure has died from cancer

Published:  21 February, 2014

Michael Cox, the highly respected wine trade figure, died last night having lost his year long battle with bile duct cancer. He was at home, as was his wish, and was surrounded by his close family.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: when it comes to liking wine preconceptions are everything

Published:  21 February, 2014

Many years ago I was trying to sell Argentinean wine to the Co-op. We had a delicious, modern style Torrontes that had been custom made for the UK market but I just could not persuade the buyer, of its merits. He tasted it several times always with the same result: he said he didn't like Torrontes. 

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Thibaud André on the emerging culture of drinking wine in China

Published:  20 February, 2014

China has never been a country with a true culture of wine. Even today, Chinese consumers do not have a deep knowledge and wine does not benefit from the same status it enjoys in Western countries. However, according to a recent survey from Vinexpo, China, in 2013 became the first market in the world for consuming red wine. Of course, China's huge population helps when it comes to comparing a total amount with say France or Italy. Chinese consumption is still far lower on a per capita basis. But still, this change of lead is a strong sign and highlights China as a fast growing market.

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Concha y Toro relaunches Frontera in to the UK focusing on Chilean heritage

Published:  20 February, 2014

Concha y Toro's Frontera is being relaunched in the UK next month with labels linked to the wine's natural heritage and Chilean folk poetry.

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Marston's to launch new range of craft beers from its regional breweries

Published:  18 February, 2014

Traditional brewer, Marston's  is looking to capitalise on the growing demand for craft beers by launching a new "Revionist" range of six artisan beers which will be unveiled to the trade and public at a special event, Craft Beer Rising, at the Old Truman brewery in London between February 21-23.  

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Independent's profile: South Down Cellars

Published:  17 February, 2014

Many customers still request cigarettes and canned lager on a daily basis at the South Downs Cellars wine shop in Lindfield, West Sussex, despite the fact it stopped selling them after it switched from being a Thresher off licence nearly three years ago.

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Get involved and keep up to date with our new Call Time On Duty section

Published:  17 February, 2014

As the momentum behind the industry's Call Time on Duty campaign increases Harpers.co.uk has created a dedicated area of the site where you can keep up to date with the latest news and views and take part by lobbying your MP or getting producers and suppliers to write directly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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Published:  14 February, 2014
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