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Q&A: Paul Jenkins and Guillem Kerambrun

Published:  28 March, 2017

Harpers met Caprice Holdings & The Birley Group's purchasing director and its head sommelier/group wine buyer at Annabel's to discuss buying across such a diverse portfolio


Interview: Warren Gibson, chief winemaker Trinity Hill

Published:  24 March, 2017

Trinity Hill winemaker Warren Gibson muses on the future of New Zealand's wine industry


WSTA's Miles Beale on the Budget: Unsurprising surprises

Published:  13 March, 2017

What was surprising about the result of the Budget this year was that it that it did not contain any surprises.


Jerry Lockspeiser: Marketing - saint or devil?

Published:  13 March, 2017

Two packets of Paracetamol, both 500mg and 16 in a box, with the same usage instructions. Both Boots brands. The pills in the red and white box are in tablet form. It costs 25p. The pills in the classier blue and white box are caplets - tablets in capsule shape with a groove in the middle. It costs 49p.


The political threat to our wine life

Published:  10 March, 2017

"Stick to wine, Tim - you're wasting time." If you spend as many hours as I do on social media channels, you get used to - and even rather enjoy - the odd spat, but this was different.


Why this isn't the time for the trade to seek a cut in duty

Published:  06 March, 2017

Being a passive observer, rather than an active member, of the wine trade can bring into focus how slow it is to change


Harpers' Hot 100: Celebrating the most influential people in the on-trade

Published:  03 March, 2017

Welcome to the launch of Harpers' Hot 100, a new annual feature that looks to identify and celebrate the most influential people in the quality drinks-focused on-trade.


SWA appoints its first female CEO

Published:  02 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed a new CEO.


WSET debate: Education and Training

Published:  02 March, 2017

On the eve of the Wine & Sprit Education Trust's (WSET) graduation ceremony in London's Guildhall in January (see over), Harpers brought together a cross trade group of those involved in education, training and recruitment to debate the needs of the modern trade.


Q&A: Steven Spurrier, wine expert and ex-merchant

Published:  23 February, 2017

Six years into his collaboration with Furleigh Estate in Dorset, the veteran wine expert and Judgment of Paris author caught up with Harpers about whether now is really English wine's time to shine.


A family affair: Carson & Carnevale

Published:  14 February, 2017

Christopher Carson is still well remembered by many in the trade for his former roles as CEO of BRL Hardy Europe and as CEO of Constellation Europe.


Jerry Lockspeiser: That's your bloody GDP. Not ours.

Published:  10 February, 2017

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, recently announced an increase in the annual growth forecast for the UK economy from 1.4% to 2%. But things may not be as good as they sound.


Guy Woodward: Why is the wine trade still slow to deliver fulfilment?

Published:  09 February, 2017

As a middle-aged, middle-class man, my weekly highlight is Saturday morning, illuminated by a warm croissant (180ºC for eight minutes, served with passion fruit curd), a Nespresso coffee (medium froth, Ristretto pod) plus the weekend papers - and here's the most indulgent part - delivered to the door. 


Tim Atkin MW: Can artificial intelligence replace human judgment in the world of wine?

Published:  08 February, 2017

What do you think of the following tasting note? "Inconspicuous boysenberries and cigar wrappers revel in unresolved rosehips, while dried wormwood and chemically tanned leather swim amongst illusive black liquorice." And this? "Like a sherry, wet wool, mead, musk and nail polish remover cocktail." 


Q&A: Courtney Quattrini, Vivino

Published:  06 February, 2017

As scan-and-share wine app Vivino tops 21 million users globally and begins to evolve its sales and data potential, we asked its communications guru for a download on what to expect next.


Tim Loughton MP, All Party Parliamentary Wine and Spirits Group chair, urges the trade to speak up

Published:  02 February, 2017

With the Budget just around the corner and Brexit going full steam ahead, there has never been a more important time for your voice to be heard in Parliament, writes Tim Loughton MP


Profile: Henry Boyes, wine buyer, Mitchells & Butlers

Published:  30 January, 2017

Buying wine for Mitchells & Butlers is no small task.


Inside London's super distillery

Published:  24 January, 2017

In case anyone was in doubt, the opening of new London hotspot, Portobello Road's The Distillery, is proof that the gin renaissance is alive and well in London. 


Jerry Lockspeiser on 2017: Something or nothing?

Published:  20 January, 2017

January. The beginning of a better year. That's what we hope. However good or bad 2016 was personally, for our families, our businesses, and people in other places, we are hardwired to aim for better.


Profile: Campari UK's Pietro Mattioni

Published:  18 January, 2017

After an ear-popping ride to the 27th floor of the Shard to meet the head of Campari UK, an obvious question springs to mind.