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Richard Siddle: comment August 26, Let's all get behind South Africa

Published:  15 September, 2011

It is said there is no such thing as bad publicity, well try telling that to the South African wine industry this month sent reeling from allegations of human rights infringements of workers at some wineries.


Jamie Hutchinson: Fighting for independents

Published:  09 September, 2011

Q&A with Distell in wake of human rights report on South African wine trade

Published:  25 August, 2011

Following the Human Rights Watch report earlier this week, which alleged abuses of workers on wine farms in South Africa, Harpers Wine & Spirit asked the country's biggest drinks firm Distell what it does to make sure such practices don't happen on its farms.


Richard Siddle, comment: August 12, where do you stand on a supplier's charter?

Published:  12 August, 2011



Richard Siddle, comment, July 29: Top Merchants prepare for good times

Published:  01 August, 2011

It may be very tentative, but certain parts of the trade are beginning to dust themselves down from the long hibernation, otherwise known as the recession, and prepare themselves for when the rest of the economy wakes up.


Richard Siddle, comment, July 15: Get behind Responsibility OK

Published:  21 July, 2011

The news agenda has been dominated over the last fortnight by people who have been accused of not taking responsibility for their actions. Yes, on the face of it the trials and tribulations of Rebekah Wade, Rupert Murdoch and News International may appear a million miles away from the concerns of the drinks trade. But think again.


Richard Siddle: comment July 1 on why you should put your money on low alcohol wine

Published:  04 July, 2011

Whisper it gently but low alcohol might wines just be about to have their moment in the sun. The prospect may send many in the trade rushing for the nearest highly concentrated 15% plus Australian Shiraz, but at the other end of the spectrum low alcohol wines are very much on buyers' if not necessarily consumers lips - at least not yet.


Anne Krebiehl blogs from the Definitive Italian Tasting

Published:  29 June, 2011

An embarrassment of riches, that's the only fit way to describe the Definitive Italian Tasting at Lord's on June 28 2011.


Richard Siddle: life as we know it at Vinexpo

Published:  21 June, 2011

You know that feeling when you walk through passport control and in to the departures lounge of an airport and it is like stepping in to a parallel universe. A place where nothing seems normal and whatever you do or how much money you spend will have any bearing on life in the real world?


Richard Siddle: Quince with Silvena Rowe, restaurant review

Published:  12 June, 2011

If you're the kind of person who can never make up their mind what to eat in a restaurant, then you might want to give Quince with Silvena Rowe at the helm a wide berth.


Adam Speechly: wine merchant by day, DJ by night by Simon Ellis-Jones

Published:  10 June, 2011

Adam Speechly lives a double life: by day he is building a reputation as a fine wine merchant on the Wirral and by night he has an even bigger following as a leading DJ in the north west. Simon Ellis-Jones catches up with the independent who can boast James Bond as one of his regulars


Richard Siddle, comment, June 3: Why Bibendum has potentially trade changing ideas

Published:  03 June, 2011

When deciding which wine to order in a restaurant you would not expect the sommelier to ask what kind of coffee you like. Or if you add salt to your food. But that is how we could soon be choosing our Garnacha over our Grüner Vitliner if a radical new approach to wine ranging from Bibendum takes off.


Richard Siddle blog: Final thoughts on LIWF 2011

Published:  20 May, 2011

Waking up after the last day of the London International Wine Fair is a little like the first day back after all the festive Christmas and New Year celebrations.


Richard Siddle, comment May 6: let's get behind National Wine Month

Published:  06 May, 2011

Whether you were front of the crowds on the Mall, happily taking part in a local street party or hiding away in a darkened room, you cannot deny the wonderful sense of celebration that passed over the country for last Friday's royal wedding.


Richard Siddle, comment April 27: we need to put climate change back on the agenda

Published:  27 April, 2011

Considering the amount of press coverage given to climate change in recent months you might be forgiven for thinking Jeremy Clarkson has taken over the news agenda of the UK media.


Richard Siddle on lessons learnt at the World Congress on Climate Change and Wine

Published:  16 April, 2011

If you thought the wonders of wine were all about tastings, great food matchings and the enjoyment of what is in the bottle then think again.


Richard Siddle comment April 8: Impact of Oddbins fall out on trust in the industry

Published:  08 April, 2011

One of the biggest consequences of Oddbins, oh, so public fall into administration this week is the large numbers of creditors, both very big and very small, that have been left high and dry by the collapse.


Gavin Quinney: day one of en primeur blogs

Published:  05 April, 2011

Gavin Quinney, owner of Chateau Bauduc in Bordeaux, kicks off our en primeur blogs


Richard Siddle: comment on opportunties for Californian wine in the UK

Published:  28 March, 2011

California is an awfully long way to go to confirm perceptions many wine producers have about the UK wine industry, but it certainly helps appreciate how this key market views these shores.


Richard Siddle, California blog: Chardonnay in Sonoma

Published:  03 March, 2011

Harpers editor Richard Siddle's latest update from California focuses on Sonoma County's cool climate Chardonnay.