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Q&A: Piotr Pietras MS, independent wine consultant and SITT On-Trade Ambassador

Published:  28 January, 2019

Piotr Pietras MS, former director of wine at London’s Hide, has taken on the newly-created role of on-trade ambassador for SITT (Specialist Importer Trade Tastings). Harpers caught up with him about his plans for the role and for tips on the on-trade wine scene too.

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Joe Fattorini: The three days we all become millionaires

Published:  25 January, 2019

JOE FATTORINI IS HEAD OF LONDON SALES AT FIELDS, MORRIS & VERDIN

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A thoroughly English affair with Peter Hall, Breaky Bottom

Published:  22 January, 2019

Andrew Catchpole catches up with Breaky Bottom’s inimitable English winemaker

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Q&A: Dr Jamie Goode, wine critic, judge and author

Published:  18 January, 2019

Andrew Catchpole catches up with the Goode doctor to discover what makes his critical faculties tick

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Jerry Lockspeiser: 2019 - The year 'better' wine died

Published:  17 January, 2019

For the last few years one of my nieces has been developing her clothes retail business. She now has four outlets, three in London and one in Barcelona. She sells vintage clothes, along with a smattering of modern stuff and some accessories.

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Guy Woodward: Judging the winemaker, not just the wine

Published:  10 January, 2019

GUY WOODWARD, Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year 2018

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Tim Atkin MW: Wine is never a one man band

Published:  10 January, 2019

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Joe Fattorini: Wine, bottle, decanter, ZOMBIES, corkscrew

Published:  02 January, 2019

Joe Fattorini contemplates the Hedwig von Restorff effect and how contextual isolation can become a money-spinner

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Q&A: Adrian Bridge, chief executive, the Fladgate Partnership

Published:  24 December, 2018

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Q&A: Meritxell Juvé, chief executive, Juvé & Camps

Published:  19 December, 2018

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Jerry Lockspeiser: What we can learn from Cristiano Ronaldo

Published:  13 December, 2018

Not long before Black Friday Cristiano Ronaldo was reported to have spent £27,000 on two bottles of wine at a restaurant in London’s upmarket Mayfair district – a bottle of Richebourg Grand Cru Burgundy and Chateau Petrus from Bordeaux. Apparently, Cristiano and his friends were there for little more than 15 minutes.

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Guy Woodward: The road to Damascus

Published:  12 December, 2018

I drank my first glass of Syrian wine the other night. Bargylus, a Cabernet/Syrah blend. I’d read about it, but never actually seen it on the shelf or a list. Until, that is, it was offered to me as part of the rather fine tasting menu at Alyn Williams’ restaurant in The Westbury.

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Q&A: Xavier Rousset, restaurateur and master sommelier, Trade

Published:  07 December, 2018

Xavier Rousset talks to Harpers about Trade, a new Soho-based private members’ club for the restaurant and bar world

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Tim Atkin MW: How low can you go?

Published:  06 December, 2018

Wine critic, broadcaster, co-chair of the IWC

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Wine needs to project values – not vineyard soil type - to be heard

Published:  22 November, 2018

Forgive me if the opening to this month’s piece seems a little self-indulgent, even self-congratulatory. It is not meant to be. It is just my personal example of the topic I want to highlight, one that should be a huge opportunity for the wine sector.

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Joe Fattorini: Is your wine list upside down?

Published:  19 November, 2018

Not only is your wine list upside down, but you haven’t dropped your anchor. Joe Fattorini shares more wacky wisdom on the psychology of sales

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Q&A: Robert Cooke, beers, wines & spirits director, Tesco

Published:  15 November, 2018

Buoyed by October’s encouraging interim results, Tesco is heading into the festive season with a hand in the on-trade for the first time, thanks to its merger with cash-and-carry group Booker. Jo Gilbert speaks to BWS director Robert Cooke about what the deal means for alcoholic drinks sales at the UK’s biggest grocer

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Q&A: Benoit Gouez, chef de cave, Moët & Chandon

Published:  07 November, 2018

Benoit Gouez talks to James Lawrence about his mission to rejuvenate the vintage category, MClll and making Burgundy in Champagne

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Guy Woodward: Who’s gonna make wine woke?

Published:  06 November, 2018

Columnists are meant to have opinions. They’re meant to have answers. But there is one aspect of wine that I am at a loss to fathom. And that is the location of wine’s cool. Where is it? Who’s got it? Because no matter how you try to spin it, wine is simply not hip. It is not sick. And it is most certainly not, my homies, woke.

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Tim Atkin MW: It’s heating up in Burgundy

Published:  02 November, 2018

Another year, another sale in Burgundy. Twelve months ago, it was Clos de Tart, bought by François Pinault’s Artémis Group for €280 million; now it’s Domaine Henri Rebourseau, in which the billionaire Bouygues brothers, Martin and Olivier, have recently acquired a majority stake for an estimated €45m.

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