• Justin Keay gets over his prejudices to delight in wines from Mallorca

      I’d been avoiding Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands like the plague. Although I knew the wider reality to be different – prompted by photos of beautiful mountain vistas, of historic Palma and some increasingly trendy hotels and restaurants - in my mind it was hard to escape images of ugly concrete hotels filled with fleshy, tattooed Brits, drinking vast quantities of lager.  But needs must – particularly as warm ...

  • Chilgrove gin founders Christopher and Celia Beaumont-Hutchings

    Douglas Blyde gets to know Chilgrove gin with founder Christopher Beaumont-Hutchings

    Christopher Beaumont-Hutchings and I sip violet-tinged Aviation sours alongside positively fatty Scottish oysters at the Rib Room’s bar. The sturdy looking, brass and dark wood build of this old-school drinkers’ haven at the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower seems appropriately grand given there is cause for celebration.

  • Diana Isac

    Winerist founder tips 2015's must-visit wine destinations

    If the wintry weather is getting you down, check out this list of top five wine holidays for 2015 from Diana Isac, the co-founder and chief executive of wine and food trave website Winerist. Maybe it’s something to ask Santa for… How many can you tick off the list? 

  • Douro Valley

    Marisa D'Vari on how Portugal's Douro valley is now a natural home for wine as well as Port

    With the holidays well underway, many consumers are enjoying what is turning out to be their seasonal flirtation with Port. Yet apart from the party season, clerks and sommeliers increasingly report that quality-driven dry red wine made from traditional Douro grapes is gaining favour over the fortified style, citing consumer preference for lighter, less alcoholic and less sweet styles. According to the IVDP, last year over half of all wine exported from the Douro was unfortified. Does ...

  • Have we lost our way?

    Smith Report: have we lost our moral compass in business?

    There have been more than enough financial scandals in recent months, raising the question: have we lost our moral compass when it comes to business?

  • Victorian torture device

    Stephen Forward: are zero-hour contracts an employment tool or Victorian torture?

    There’s been a lot of bad press lately on the subject of zero-hours contracts. The Labour party have pledged to abolish them if they win the next election. So what are zero-hours contracts exactly, why do employers use them, and how do they work in practice?

  • Richard Siddle, editor and chief, of Harpers Wine & Spirit

    Richard Siddle: Why we just can't get enough of online shopping

    The time it will take you to read this first paragraph is all it now takes to buy a loved one a special present for Christmas. The speed, reliability and ultimately convenience of shopping online now means it is quite acceptable to give even your nearest and dearest a gift that comes wrapped in cardboard through the post.

  • Tim Atkin

    Tim Atkin MW: Why we must all share the blame for cheap wine

    Mad Frankie Fraser, the notorious gangster who died last week, was famous for using pliers to extract his victims’ teeth under torture. One hesitates to say that the wine trade could have used the skills of a man who worked for both the Kray twins and the Richardson gang, but there are times when persuading consumers to trade up can feel like pulling molars.

Australia's Yarra Valley

Australian wine Giant Steps moves to Liberty Wines from OW Loeb

18 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Yarra Valley’s Giant Steps wine has shifted its UK distribution from OW Loeb to Liberty Wines.

Help for Heroes wine

Mitchells & Butlers lists Help for Heroes wine

18 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Bar and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers has listed the Help for Heroes wine brand at 300 of its venues across the country.

Liv Ex

Liv-ex optimistic about fine wine market heading into 2015

18 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Bordeaux’s fine wine market “looks to be recovering”, says fine wine exchange Liv-ex, whose 100 index has showed gains over the past four months, with its 50-index holding steady since July.

Marlborough vines

Bulk wine shipping and New World plantings to slow, says Rabobank

17 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Shipping wine in bulk is set to slow, while New World plantings are also declining – that’s according to Rabobank’s recently published World Wine Map.

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Tesco wine

Tesco accused of 'blunderbuss' approach in scrapping supplier fees

18 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Tesco’s move to scrap supplier fees and instead focus on getting the lowest prices upfront has been greeted with scepticism by leading consultants who describe is as “old-fashioned” and taking a “blunderbuss approach”.

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Justin Keay gets over his prejudices to delight in wines from Mallorca

18 Dec 2014 | By Justin Keay

  I’d been avoiding Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands like the plague. Although I knew the wider reality to be different – prompted by photos of beautiful mountain vistas, of historic Palma and some increasingly trendy hotels and restaurants - in my mind it was hard to escape images of ugly concrete hotels filled with fleshy, tattooed Brits, drinking vast quantities of lager.  But needs must – particularly as warm ...

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The Glasgow Distillery Company

Glasgow Distillery Company finds rare 30 year-old single malt casks to release its first whisky

18 Dec 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Glasgow’s first standalone whisky and gin distillery in over a 100 years has acquired 30-year-old rare aged single malt Speyside casks which it is to turn in to its first official whisky release.

Anne-Catherine  Vigoroux on what to expect at the French Discoveries Tasting in January

Anne-Catherine Vigouroux on what to expect at January's French Wine Dicoveries tasting

17 Dec 2014

Ahead of January’s French Wine Discoveries tasting at London’s Tobacco Dock Anne-Catherine Vigouroux  of organisers, WIne4Trade, explains what visitors can expect from the 120 exhibitors taking part at the event on January 13.

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