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Q&A: Riaz Syed, owner, Stonewines

Published:  19 September, 2019

When Riaz Syed opened Stonewines in north London’s Whetstone, he opted for a frequently changing portfolio of more esoteric wines, specifically targeting a younger demographic. Andrew Catchpole dropped by to find out how it’s gone

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Ask a somm: Christopher Lecoufle, GM & head sommelier, Les 110 de Taillevent

Published:  17 September, 2019

Its sister restaurant in Paris has two Michelin stars and London’s Les 110 de Taillevent aspires to similar heights with its modern French food and impressive wine list.

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My perfect customer: Emily Silva, The Oxford Wine Company

Published:  17 September, 2019

How would you describe your customer base?

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Q&A: Simon Robinson, chairman, Wine GB

Published:  17 September, 2019

Following the excellent 2018 vintage and a ramping up of exports, English and Welsh wine has come of age. Andrew Catchpole asks what’s next for the burgeoning domestic scene

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Guy Woodward: Chasing rainbows

Published:  13 September, 2019

Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year 2018

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Joe Fattorini: on the availability heuristic

Published:  03 September, 2019

Joe Fattorini, head of London sales at Fields, Morris & Verdin

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From L’Hotel to L’Atelier

Published:  27 August, 2019

Having cut their teeth at Hotel du Vin under the late, great Gerard Basset, Steve Pineau and Dimitri Mesnard have a slick operation in Brighton offering wine and Prohibition era-cocktails. Jo Gilbert caught up with the dynamic duo

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My perfect customer: Phil Innes, Loki Wine

Published:  21 August, 2019

Birmingham’s Loki Wine is one of the city’s best-loved indies but how does owner Phil Innes find and retain customers, and what does his perfect client look like? He shares his customer secrets and tips.

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Ask a sommelier: Gaëtan Lacoste, Le Clarence, Paris

Published:  21 August, 2019

Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant Le Clarence was established in 2015 by Domaine Clarence Dillon which owns a number of historical French wine estates including Bordeaux First Growth Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Saint-Émilion’s Château Quintus.

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Q&A: Mitchell Taylor, Wakefield Wines

Published:  20 August, 2019

To mark its first half century, Andrew Catchpole talks to the man behind this leading Clare Valley estate about the Legacy and innovation in Australia

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Is this wine’s fake news?

Published:  16 August, 2019

August is traditionally silly season in the media. Nothing serious happens, so they entertain us with the frivolities of life. This year is a little different.

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The Wine Society's new groove

Published:  13 August, 2019

With a new chief executive at the helm, Andrew Catchpole visits The Wine Society to discover what’s up at this venerable members’ merchant

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Guy Woodward: is using Champagne as a mixer a sin?

Published:  08 August, 2019

GUY WOODWARD

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Friday Read: Talking hard Graft with Nik Darlington and David Knott

Published:  01 August, 2019

A similar philosophy has brought Red Squirrel and the Knotted Vine into a new chapter for both businesses. Jo Gilbert caught up with the trade’s latest power duo

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Tim Atkin MW: Canary in the global coalmine

Published:  05 August, 2019

“Phew. What A Scorcher!” I’m old enough to remember June 1976, when we had 15 consecutive days above 32°C. The Sun’s headline captured some of the excitement I felt as a teenager. In those days British summers were frequently cool, overcast affairs and all of a sudden Kent felt like the Costa Brava. What was scorching then seems almost temperate now. Last week Cambridge sweated through the second hottest day ever at 38.1°C, just behind Faversham’s UK record of 38.5°C in August 2003.

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Joe Fattorini: selling obscure online

Published:  30 July, 2019

JOE FATTORINI

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Damned if we do, damned if we don’t

Published:  26 July, 2019

Over breakfast in a lovely B&B in Corbridge, an ideal overnight stop before the last leg of our cycling trip along Hadrian’s Wall, the conversation turned to alcohol consumption in Scotland. One of our group, Paul, a qualified doctor and psychiatrist, was expounding the virtues of Minimum Unit Pricing as a weapon to fight the scourge of alcohol abuse amongst the Scottish poor.

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My Perfect Customer: Wolseley Wine Loft

Published:  25 July, 2019

In the first of a new series Dave Eglington from Stafford’s Wolseley Wine Loft shares his customer secrets and tips on how to build and maintain relations in the independent off-trade.

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Graft Wine’s Nik Darlington introduces the company’s new wines

Published:  24 July, 2019

Nik Darlington and David Knott have been busy since merging Red Squirrel and The Knotted Vine to create the Graft Wine Company, signing up a raft of new producers and wines to bring to the UK.

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Ask An Indie: Hal Wilson thinks pink

Published:  24 July, 2019

Everyone may be banging on about orange wine at the moment, but let’s face it there’s only one colour that’s flying of the shelves at this time of year – pink.

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