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Ben Franks joins Canned Wine Co. full-time

Published:  25 September, 2023

Ben Franks, the CEO and wine buyer who founded Novel Wines, has stepped down from his role to join Canned Wine Co., full-time, as CCO from January 2024.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd: We need to talk about Gringet

Published:  21 September, 2023

There are only 22ha of the Gringet grape variety left in the world, and 9.5 of them were owned by Dominique Belluard, the late Savoie producer. Before his death in 2020, Belluard developed the rare Gringet grape from something producers would just chuck into blends, to bonafide, standalone, single-varietal wines.

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Friarwood launches first range of spirits

Published:  19 September, 2023

Independent fine wine merchant Friarwood has expanded its range to include spirits with the addition of four exclusive brands – Tromba Tequila, Per Se Aperitivo, Sash & Fritz Vodka and Ron Carúpano.

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Amathus announces plans for two new stores

Published:  18 September, 2023

Top merchant Amathus Drinks, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this month, has revealed plans to open two new stores at the start of 2024, expanding its brick-and-mortar offering to 11.

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Coterie Holdings appoints Michael Saunders as CEO

Published:  12 September, 2023

Coterie Holdings, the holding company for fine wine merchant Lay & Wheeler, bonded storage facility Coterie Vaults, and wine lending business Jera, has announced the appointment of Michael Saunders as its CEO.

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Ellis Wharton Wines joins Harpers Sustainability Charter

Published:  11 September, 2023

Ellis Wharton Wines has become the latest signatory to the Harpers Sustainability Charter, an initiative designed to galvanise the trade into climate action.

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All change at London merchant Stonewines

Published:  04 September, 2023

Stonewines founder Riaz Syed has sold his brick-and-mortar premise to focus on growing his private sales and tasting sides of the business. 

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Majestic’s organic wine sales jump 22% YOY

Published:  22 August, 2023

Majestic has announced a significant increase in its organic wine sales and predicted a further spike in demand for the category in the coming years.

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Majestic partners with Uber Eats

Published:  10 August, 2023

In a significant endorsement for alcohol delivery sales, Majestic, the UK’s number one wine retailer has partnered with Uber Eats.

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Majestic to expand at a rate of ‘one new store per month’

Published:  09 August, 2023

Majestic, the UK’s largest specialist wine retailer, has opened the doors to its newest store in Rugby as it accelerates its bricks-and-mortar expansion.

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Looking Back, Forging Ahead Q&A: Archie McDiarmid, Luvians

Published:  28 July, 2023

Midway through 2023, Harpers is taking stock of yet another turbulent year for the drinks trade, with plenty of highs and lows, so far. We continue our series with, Archie McDiarmid, manager, Luvians Bottleshop, to find out how the year has gone so far and what the remainder may bring.

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Ellis Wharton Wines achieves B Corp status

Published:  24 July, 2023

Following on from its inclusion in Harpers 50 Best Indies list (36th), Ellis Wharton Wines has become only the third UK wine merchant/distributor to achieve B Corp accreditation. 

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Berry Bros. & Rudd hosts producer forum to mark 325th anniversary

Published:  30 June, 2023

Berry Bros. & Rudd, the UK’s oldest fine wine and spirits merchant, held its first-ever global producer forum, ‘Our Future is Now’ at London’s BAFTA yesterday (29 July), as part of celebrations to mark its 325th year.

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Harpers 50 Best Indies 2024: Now open for nominations

Published:  23 June, 2023

To begin the process of shaping our annual Harpers UK's 50 Best Indies 2024, we are once again inviting the UK trade to nominate the UK Independent retailers that you believe are at the top of their game.

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Hedonism Wines launches online auction platform

Published:  23 June, 2023

Following celebrations to commemorate a decade of trading in 2022, the Harpers 50 Best Indie regular Hedonism Wines will launch its latest venture, Hedonism Auction, this summer.

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Exclusive: Rob Cooke on Majestic’s new own-label range

Published:  19 June, 2023

Majestic, the UK's largest specialist wine retailer, has launched a new own-label range offering “quality, choice, newness and value for money”, according to COO Rob Cooke.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd to open Spirits Shop

Published:  14 June, 2023

Berry Bros. & Rudd, the UK’s oldest fine wine and spirits merchant, has announced the opening of its first-ever dedicated Spirits Shop.

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Fast-growing wine merchant Cru Wine celebrates 10th anniversary

Published:  05 June, 2023

London wine merchant and marketplace Cru Wine will commemorate its 10th vintage this month after a decade of impressive growth.

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Majestic relaunches price lock subscription model

Published:  26 May, 2023

Majestic has relaunched its ‘Lock It In’ subscription model, offering customers cheaper prices on more than 100 best-selling wines.

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Lea & Sandeman unveils 15 Grower Champagnes at Spring tasting

Published:  18 May, 2023

The saying goes ‘When one door closes another one opens’, and in the case of top merchant and wholesaler Lea & Sandeman, the Champagne shortage has presented an opportunity.

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