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Mike Paul: was The Beautiful South the way forward for generic wine tastings?

Published:  16 September, 2013

I have always been a firm supporter of generic marketing. I've chaired importer committees and worked on developing regional strategies. I know how difficult it is to secure an appropriate level of agreement, across the producer and distributor base, to plans with real cut through, and I know how powerful a well coordinated generic effort can be. I also appreciate that coming up with innovative plans is particularly difficult currently when budgets are severely constrained. Given all this and given that generic marketers have no direct control over the producers and wines they represent, I tend to believe that they have one of the most difficult roles in our industry. All this  makes me loth to criticise any generic activity.

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John Nevens on how the rise in English wine is a lesson for all drinks companies

Published:  16 September, 2013

John Nevens, director of category management specialists, looks at how changing demographic trends and social habits are impacting on the kind of food and drink we buy, and how the rise in interest and popularity of English wine is something that is relevant to all drinks suppliers.

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Independent wine merchants to give their views on the latest trends

Published:  13 September, 2013

Ahead of this month's SITT Autumn, we asked leading independent wine merchants to give their views on the latest trends and what they will be on the lookout for at the event in London

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Zuccardi comes out top in Gaucho's Argentine Winemaker awards

Published:  13 September, 2013

The Gaucho Group of premium Argentinian steak restaurants celebrated the very best in Argentinian wine making with their own wine awards ceremony earlier this week.

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Joel Kissin returns to London with the launch of Boulestin

Published:  12 September, 2013

Famed restaurateur Joel Kissin marked his return to London's restaurant scene last night with the official launch party of Boulestin on St James Street in London.

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Arniston Bay launches its first lower-alcohol wine based drink

Published:  12 September, 2013
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Arniston Bay launches its first lower-alcohol wine based brand

Published:  12 September, 2013

Arniston Bay, the South African wine brand, has extended its product range with Infusions, a new wine-based drink with an ABV of 5.5.%.

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Cape Legends looks to be South Africa's largest fine wine player

Published:  11 September, 2013

Cape Legends, the South African premium wine brand division of Distell, is looking to do what it claims is "something different" in promoting wines from the country.

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Simon Rogan to open second restaurant in Manchester

Published:  10 September, 2013

Award-winning chef Simon Rogan is to open Mr Cooper's House & Garden, his second restaurant to launch this year at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, on September 12.

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Liberty Wines introduces new cider, beer and spirits range

Published:  09 September, 2013
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How should restaurants choose their wine suppliers?

Published:  06 September, 2013

In the first of a new series, Jade Koch looks at how restaurants should choose their wine suppliers

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Enotria takes to the road with 30 producers

Published:  06 September, 2013

Enotria is taking up to 30 of its wine producers around the country to meet independent merchants and key on-trade customers as part of its autumn roadshow series.

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Call for trade to show support for wines from Lebanon

Published:  06 September, 2013
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Gaucho buys first Argentinian restaurant

Published:  06 September, 2013

Gaucho Group, the UK based Argentinian specialist restaurant group, has made its first entrance in to the South American restaurant scene with the purchase of Sucre restaurant and bar in Buenos Aires.

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A new way with Vinoteca

Published:  06 September, 2013

Dominic Midgley looks at how Charlie Young and Brett Woonton created a new way of eating and drinking out with Vinoteca.

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Key global wine trends and winnners and losers in 2013-2014

Published:  05 September, 2013

Erin Smith takes a look at the overall trends influencing the wine industry and looks ahead to who are the likely winners and losers from a changing global economic picture.

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Published:  05 September, 2013
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Published:  05 September, 2013
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Exclusive: Domaine Bargylus reveals what life is like as Syria's only winery

Published:  05 September, 2013

"It makes me very sad that I can't go there," says French oenologist consultant Stephane Derenoncourt speaking from Beirut yesterday. "You have no idea what is like to make wines by [looking at] photographs, and emails and receiving grapes [samples] by taxi. This is not how it is supposed to be done, but this is our baby. We started from scratch and now we are working with exciting terroir that will one day be famous all over the world. I know these wines can age and I want to be able to taste the war vintage in 15 years."

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Morrisons appoints wine sourcing manager

Published:  03 September, 2013

Morrisons has appointed former Waitrose wine buyer Katie Mollet to the role of wine sourcing manager.

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