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Guy Woodward: Back in the drinks world

Published:  02 April, 2020

With perfect timing, I start a new job this week. Yep – all the boxes are ticked: world in lockdown, nose-diving economy, stalled investments, uncertain future.

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Central Coast with Alex Krause, Birichino

Published:  30 March, 2020

Birichino’s flight at the recent Wines of California tasting was a lesson in how to go against the grain, with a focus on native ferments and century-old dry-farmed plantings all made at its Santa Cruz winery.

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Joe Fattorini: The power of ‘no’

Published:  27 March, 2020

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

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Covid-19: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Published:  24 March, 2020

Writing an opinion piece about the Covid-19 pandemic and what it might mean for society, or the drinks trade specifically, is surely a fool’s errand. The information changes every few hours. It feels rather like trying to bottle goodwill, or as Adele so beautifully sang, setting fire to the rain.

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Pierre Mansour, The Wine Society, on trade as the crisis escalates

Published:  19 March, 2020

Pierre Mansour, head buyer at The Wine Society, speaks to Andrew Catchpole on the immediate impact of the crisis, managing the spike in sales, supply and virtual initiatives to keep members engaged.

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Chris Losh: averting an on-trade apocalypse

Published:  17 March, 2020

This was the week that the Coronavirus got real. Ten days ago in the UK Covid-19 was largely the source of ironic fist-bumps and the odd cancelled tasting. Dying and panicking was what other people did. With a complacency that now seems barely credible, the government’s message at the end of February was, broadly, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.

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Q&A: Christopher Delalonde MS, The Dorchester

Published:  16 March, 2020

Jo Gilbert catches up with the straight-talking former Sommelier of the Year about The Dorchester’s new wine vault, keeping abreast of five wine lists and why Gordon Ramsay is the best boss he ever had

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Q&A: Charles Tyler, Paladar

Published:  10 March, 2020

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Tim Atkin MW: Spare a thought for the wine tasters that get it right

Published:  06 March, 2020

TIM ATKIN MW

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Is it game over for wine?

Published:  05 March, 2020

Is it all over for wine as we know it? Shall we pack up and go home, accepting our time has passed?

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Joe Fattorini: Do your bottles shame you?

Published:  05 March, 2020

Joe Fattorini

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Staffing crisis: Low skilled judgement

Published:  02 March, 2020

The government’s damaging immigration policy will further exacerbate the staffing crisis in an already beleagured on-trade. Chris Losh takes aim...  

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Q&A: David Gill MW, Kingsland Drinks

Published:  02 March, 2020

With carbon emissions increasingly under scrutiny, Kingsland’s resident MW and head of specialist sales & wine development, tells Andrew Catchpole about enlightening the trade on bulk shipping and premium wines with less environmental impact

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One year of Trade, with Xavier Rousset

Published:  28 February, 2020

As the Soho hospitality hub hits its first birthday, Andrew Catchpole catches up with Trade’s leading light Xavier Rousset

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Q&A: Richard Burton, Sorrel

Published:  21 February, 2020

The head sommelier talks to Lisa Riley about the pros of dealing with one supplier and his ambition to develop the wine-pairing offer at Sorrel

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Soapbox: Nik Darlington on Brexit hubris

Published:  19 February, 2020

Our second entry in a series of topical viewpoints from the trade finds Graft Wines co-owner Nik Darlington cautioning British producers against talking up the alleged benefits of exiting the EU

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Guy Woodward: Luxury brands are turning to hospitality to add extra lustre

Published:  17 February, 2020

GUY WOODWARD

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Big interview: John Colley, Majestic

Published:  14 February, 2020

John Colley, executive chairman and chief executive at Majestic, talks to Lisa Riley about taking the helm of the high street wine merchant and how letting customers guide the direction of the business is the way forward

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Joe Fattorini: A bump in the road

Published:  10 February, 2020

Head of London sales at Fields, Morris & Verdin

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Q&A: Frank Lampen, Distill Ventures

Published:  03 February, 2020

The Diageo-funded, self-proclaimed ‘drinks accelerator’ Distill Ventures backed a winning horse when it helped launch Seedlip on to the market. Jo Gilbert finds out where they go from here, with Frank Lampen, co-founder and CEO, Distill Ventures

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