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    2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Liv-ex's James Miles

    James Miles, managing director of fine wine exchange Liv-ex, reflects on the “tough year” for fine wine that was 2014, and why he believes the Bordelais will offer more realistic prices in the coming year’s en primeur campaign.

  • Daniel Murphy, managing director, Murphy Wine Company

    2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Daniel Murphy of Murphy Wine Company

    In the first of our annual reviews of the year for the festive period, we ask Daniel Murphy, founder of bulk wine broker Murphy Wine Company, to look back on 2014 and assess what he sees as the big challenges for the sector in to 2015. In a nutshell he believes few in the trade have really grasped the impact of a sea change in world wine production, nor of the potential for bulk wine in the UK.

  • 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

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  • 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?

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    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?


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James Miles Liv-Ex

2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Liv-ex's James Miles

19 Dec 2014

James Miles, managing director of fine wine exchange Liv-ex, reflects on the “tough year” for fine wine that was 2014, and why he believes the Bordelais will offer more realistic prices in the coming year’s en primeur campaign.

Alcohol content

Drinks industry 'vastly exceeds' target to remove 1bn units

19 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

The drinks industry has “vastly exceeded” its target to remove 1 billion units of alcohol from the UK market two years ahead of schedule, a report from the Department of Health has confirmed.

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw to head up Bibendum PLB's new buying team

19 Dec 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Andrew Shaw is to head up  Bibendum PLB’s new joint buying team to work across all trading companies of the business - Bibendum, PLB and Walker and Wodehouse.

Champagne & Sparkling wine

Sparkling wine is success story of 2014, as still wine sales fall, says WSTA report

19 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Wine sales fell 3% in the off-trade in 2014, and 2% in the on-trade – but sparkling wines are still in the ascendancy, says the latest market report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

March for the Indies

Harpers launches March for Independents conference and campaign to support merchants

19 Dec 2014 | By Richard Siddle

In a bid to put the spotlight firmly on the independent merchant sector Harpers is to launch a campaign in the new year designed to highlight the issues facing retailers which will build up to a major independent merchant conference in London on March 3.

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Joe Wadsack

Chief of the Week: Joe Wadsack, the BBC's Mr Booze

19 Dec 2014 | By Claret Pimpernel

Hold on to your Santa hats, lock up your drinks cabinet and gird your loins for our Chief of the Week: Mr Joe Wadsack.

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Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw to head up Bibendum PLB's new buying team

19 Dec 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Andrew Shaw is to head up  Bibendum PLB’s new joint buying team to work across all trading companies of the business - Bibendum, PLB and Walker and Wodehouse.

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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