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British economic growth to gain momentum through to 2015 predicts the CBI

Published:  05 November, 2013

A further sign that the economy is recovering is given today by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) which has raised its economic growth forecasts for both 2013 and 2014 and is forecasting growth to gather even greater momentum into 2015.

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Why creating "magic" in-store is key to our success says Waitrose chief

Published:  05 November, 2013

Doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing and creating magic when customers enter stores are key tactics being used to drive sales across Waitrose, according to managing director Mark Price.

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Windsor 2014, a new wine event for the UK trade

Published:  05 November, 2013

A new trade event, Windsor 2014, is launching in the UK trade that will be a 24 hour business forum where UK's leading wine buyers and suppliers meet with a tailor made agenda of pre-scheduled, face to face meetings, set to take place at Beaumont Estate in Windsor on March 10-11, 2014.

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Douglas Blyde explores Alsace wine with Etienne and Kaoru Hugel on their "working honeymoon"

Published:  05 November, 2013

I reflect, an hour afterwards, on the lightening that threatened to lash my City Jet's slim belly as it was hassled by turbulence heading back to London. Now, with every sip of soothing Alsace wine savoured in Hakkasan's dining room of ebony and Chinoiserie, tension steadily slips away.

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Global wine production in 2013 is expected to be up 10% on 2012 says OIV

Published:  04 November, 2013

The worldwide production of wine in 2013 is up by over 10% on the 2012 vintage, according to the latest figures from the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin).

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Telford Wines acquires The Bretby Wine Company

Published:  04 November, 2013

Telford Wines, the subsidiary of Crewe-based Rodney Densem Wines RDW, has announced the acquisition of The Bretby Wine Company.

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Global bulk wine market opens up says Murphy Wine Company

Published:  01 November, 2013

Buyers are currently experiencing a certain sense of relief as the global bulk wine supply has opened up and created a slight breathing space.   Big harvests this year in the Southern hemisphere helped relieve the pressure from the losses of the 2012 European harvest.  The 2013 Northern hemisphere harvests are indicating  a return to average crop levels in Europe, and California is set to have another big crop which will help to continue the trend.

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Analysis: Australia's role in global wine shortage concerns

Published:  01 November, 2013

Buy some wine stock and lock the bottles up - a wine shortage may be on the horizon. Morgan Stanley Research released a report titled, "The Global Wine Industry" this week, calling out the risk of an impending 'shortage'.

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Ancre Hill comes out top in first Welsh Vineyard Association awards

Published:  01 November, 2013

Ancre Hill cemented its place as Wales' premier winery by winning the sole Gold and three of the five Silvers in the inaugural Welsh Vineyard Association Awards, held on Monday 28 October at Llanerch Vineyards near Cardiff.

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Stronger supplier relations are key to tackling global wine shortage says Virgin Wines

Published:  01 November, 2013

If the global wine market is to cope with the on-going issue of consumer demand outstripping wine supply it has to focus on building stronger trade relations between buyers and producers, according to Andrew Baker, head wine buyer for Virgin Wines, the major UK wine retailer, comments on the UK market.

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Douglas Blyde on all there is to know about Digby Fine English sparkling wine

Published:  31 October, 2013

"England has quite a lot of quite good wines, but few have thought through what their mojo is," says Trevor Clough, co-founder with husband, business partner, and "breadwinner" (a computer speech recognition specialist), Jason Humphries, of Digby Fine English sparkling wines. A former corporate strategist advising Fortune 500 firms, the American/Englishman, born north of Boston and raised in Germany, cites California as inspiration to quit his job to invest time in wine. "I want a tiny part of Napa's fairy dust to rub-off on England," he says.

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Third National Wine Week to be held in build up to Christmas

Published:  31 October, 2013

A "National Wine Week" is to be run for the third time in the lead up to Christmas in the hope of bringing focused consumer and media attention to the category.

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Industry leaders confident about global economy says Wine Vision study

Published:  31 October, 2013

Up to 75% of the wine industry executives set to attend next month's inaugural Wine Vision conference said they were "confident" or "very confident" about the global economy and its impact on the sector.

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James McKenna to switch from Codorniu to Mentzendorff

Published:  30 October, 2013

James McKenna is to join Mentzendorff & Co as sales director in the new year.

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Relationship between winemakers and wine "lovers" is like a "bad marriage"

Published:  29 October, 2013

The relationship between winemakers and wine lovers is like a bad marriage with a major disconnect between the two, according to wine consultant Clark Smith.

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Bristol restaurant creates Moët Champagne bar

Published:  28 October, 2013

Bristol restaurant Casamia has teamed up with Moët & Chandon to create a Grand Vintage Champagne bar. The bar is made from solid French oak and it is to serve the 2004, 1999 rosé, 1990 Brut, 1952 and 1972 in Magnum - all of which will be available by the glass.

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EWGA announces double-digit distribution growth for Bodega Riojanas

Published:  28 October, 2013

Lancashire-based independent wholesaler EWGA, has announced a 40% increase in distribution for its brand Bodega Riojanas since it took over from Boutinot earlier in the year.

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Wine Car Boot launches second indie event.

Published:  28 October, 2013

The second Wine Car Boot is to be held in London next month in a bid to encourage visitors to "taste their way out of the supermarket".

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Key for future sales is teaching next generation about the language of taste

Published:  28 October, 2013

If the wine industry is to attract new consumers to the category it should look to work with the education sector in teaching children about the language of taste and understanding what different tastes are.

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Negociants UK to help widen distribution for Sam Neill's Two Paddocks wines in the UK

Published:  24 October, 2013

Negociants UK has taken on the widespread distribution for the premium Two Paddocks range of wines from Central Otago, New Zealand, produced by actor Sam Neill.

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