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Justin Keay discovers the delights of Burgundy - for the first time

Published:  12 September, 2014

I guess most oenophiles have gaps in their wine CV - the vast growth of the industry over the past 20 years somehow makes it inevitable. One of mine though was really quite large. Although familiar with most of France's wine regions - Bordeaux left and right, beautiful Alsace, Champagne, the Rhone Valley, Provence - I had never managed to make it to Burgundy.

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Ferrari's Camilla Lunelli on finding a home for Trentodoc Italian sparkling wine in the UK

Published:  12 September, 2014

It was Giulio Ferrari in Trento, the Alpine north of Italy, who pioneered traditional method sparkling wines, or 'Metodo Classico', in Italy in 1902. With barely 900 hectares dedicated to sparkling wine production, mostly in mountainous vineyards, the wineries of Trentodoc, as the association is known, have carved out prime position at home.

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The Grafton in London wins Pub of the Year in Great British Pub awards

Published:  12 September, 2014

The Grafton in Kentish Town, north London, has been named the Pub of the Year in Harpers' sister title, The Publican's Morning Advertiser's Great British Pub Awards held last night.

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Argentina must celebrate its "rock and roll" winemakers to grow says Gaucho's Phil Crozier

Published:  11 September, 2014

If Argentina is to contine to grow in the UK then it needs to do more to celebrate, promote and tell the story of its winemakers and make them the "personalities" of their wines, according to Phil Crozier, head of wine at the Gaucho Group of Argentinian restaurants.

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Supermarkets set to cull wine suppliers, warns Accolade's Paul Schaafsma

Published:  11 September, 2014

The UK wine trade must brace itself for what could be large scale "supplier rationalisation" across the major multiples over the next 18 months, according to Paul Schaafsma, UK and Ireland head of Accolade Wines UK.

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South Africa's Bruce Jack warns winemakers not to jump on "bandwagons"

Published:  11 September, 2014

One of the greatest challenges for a branded winemaker is not to jump on the latest "bandwagon" but remain true to your beliefs and make wines that are right for your company, according to Bruce Jack, leading winemaker at Accolade Wines.

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Myles Donneky on the high life at Hutong - 30 floors up in London's Shard

Published:  11 September, 2014

The 22 year-old bar manager of "Hutong" above Aqua on floor 31 of The Shard talks to Douglas Blyde about tea punches, pride in service, and competitive ping-pong...

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Glynn Davis discovers the craft beers and bars of Copenhagen

Published:  10 September, 2014

It doesn't take too long to suss out that beer-led bars in Copenhagen fall into two camps - there are the young upstart operators and then there are the old established players. The former are very limited in number while the latter make up the vast majority of the market.

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South Africa replaces Spain to become fifth best selling country in UK, says Accolade

Published:  10 September, 2014

South Africa is enjoying widespread success in the UK, is bringing new consumers to wine, has seen an increase in both value and volume sales and has replaced Spain as the UK's fifth biggest wine selling country, according to figures released today by Accolade Wines UK.

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Dedicated Wines and Murphy Wine to share business insights at France Summit

Published:  10 September, 2014

Richard Evans of Dedicated Wines, the UK wine agency that helped devise the Les Dauphins wine brand, and Daniel Murphy of bulk wine brokers, Murphy Wine Company, will both share their experiences of French wine at this October's Harpers France Summit.

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Bruce Jack on the challenges and opportunities for South African wine

Published:  10 September, 2014

Bruce Jack is a key figure in the Accolade Wines South African winemaking team. His direct responsibilities cover the Kumala, Fishoek and Flagstone ranges, Tesco Finest, The Rustler, Stumble Vineyards, Breakers Point and Lost Ostrich, as well as strategic NPD. He talks to Gemma McKenna about how he is working with the Kumala winemaking team to help reposition the Kumala brand and ensure the quality of the wine shines through to customers.

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Cornish winery Knightor introduces German-inspired low-alcohol wine

Published:  10 September, 2014

Cornish winery, Knightor, is releasing a new lower alcohol wine to its portfolio which is inspired by Italy's Moscato D'Asti or Germany's Kabinett and Spätlese styles in the Mosel.

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Three quarters of FMCG product launches fail, according to Nielsen research

Published:  09 September, 2014

Over three quarters of all new product launches across the FMCG sector in Europe fail in their first year, according to new Nielsen research.

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Richard Siddle: time to stand up and applaud Majestic and Oddbins

Published:  08 September, 2014

For my sins I have spent the best part of the last 20 years writing about and reporting on the UK retail sector.  In that time I have come to respect, perhaps even love some of the country's most well-known retail brands, some of which can rightly be described as amongst the best in the world.

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Chapel Down turns to crowdfunding to drive English wine growth plans

Published:  08 September, 2014

Leading English winery, Chapel Down,  is continuing to drive its growth by looking for private investors to support it through a crowdfunding scheme.

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Guy Woodward admires how Napa Valley took the Californian earthquake in its stride

Published:  06 September, 2014

It was 3.20am on a Sunday morning when the earthquake struck. If there can ever be a good time for the almighty's mysterious ways to take their course, this was surely it. Wineries were empty, the harvest not yet brought in, vats largely unused. One can only imagine the carnage had the 6.0 tremor struck 10 days later, during working hours, as the mass of hired hands were stacking up pallet upon pallet of grapes inside Napa cellars.

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Wines from Rioja | Tasting set for September 30

Published:  05 September, 2014

If you think you know Rioja, then perhaps it's time to think again. The annual Wines from Rioja Trade Tasting is back with a bang this autumn, on September 30, building on the success of its inaugural London event, with a mission to demonstrate the diversity and quality coming out of the region.

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