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  • Fette Sau mixes craft beers and BBQ food

    Glynn Davis discovers a New York craft beer scene of all shapes, sizes...and strengths

    One of the downsides of drinking in specialist beer bars in the UK is that you’ll far too frequently hear the comment ‘you can’t drink many pints of that’ when drinkers are confronted with anything stronger than 5%.

  • Legal advice from Olivia Perrot on IP and protecting your business assets

    Why legally protecting your business assets and brands is vital to any growth strategy

    Olivia Perrott, of law company, Stevens & Bolton LLP, says it is vital wine and spirits businesses protect their brand names and  IP assets if they are to maximise growth       

  • New Zealand's Annual Trade Tasting 2015

    Justin Keay finds much to discover at London's annual New Zealand tasting

    First impressions count for much and so it was this week at the 2015 Annual Wines of New Zealand Trade Tasting. The unremarkable, ever so slightly claustrophobic Lindley Hall – which seems to host almost all generic tastings these days – was absolutely packed; within seconds of grabbing my glass I found myself firmly wedged into a crowd that reminded me of my student days of catching public transport in India.

  • Roger Jones of the Harrow at Little Bedwyn

    Roger Jones concludes his South African tour with a clarion call to the UK to stock up!

    The South Africa wine industry generally seems to be fighting a battle to persuade the UK that it produces not only premium quality wines but that they deserve a higher price for these wines. Having seen one notable exchange between a formidable UK Importer and equal South African producer regarding prices it would seem that not all is rosy in the Cape garden.

  • Jones had the chance to enjoy a 1969 Lanzerac Pinotage with Anthony Hamilton Russell

    Roger Jones' South African journey covers sublime Pinotgate and bush vine Chardonnay

    First visit of the day was not the usual looking winery, but a bungalow in the middle of a housing estate; Thorne and Daughters, and sadly the daughters were too busy to meet me as they were both attending primary school!

  • Investment is paying off at Burgundy's Chateau de Santenay

    Geoffrey Dean on why Burgundy's Chateau de Santenay is a winery to watch

    The trade’s annual Burgundy tastings in London may be over, but in 12 months time when the 2014 vintage is tasted, Chateau de Santenay is hoping it can show a significant improvement in its wines following a massive investment in the winery last year. The Credit Agricole-owned operation, which has 91 hectares under vine in the Cote d’Or and Cote Chalonnaise, has benefited from expenditure on new state-of-the art vinification equipment to the tune of 5 million euros, nearly all of it ...

  • Miles Beale

    Miles Beale: how you can help secure a 2% cut in alcohol duty

    Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, sets out the steps everyone involved in the UK drinks industry can play their part in convincing the Chancellor to a 2% drop in alcohol duty in the forthcoming Budget

  • Some picks from Roger Jones wine tour of South Africa

    Roger Jones finds gold in them thar hills of Stellenbosch

    Over the last 18 months many ‘British Agents’ have been trawling through Stellenbosch looking for gold, whether it be in the ‘golden triangle’ off the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain or further up the Devon Valley. Investment has certainly been key to many of the new star farms (wineries), not only in money but time with some of these ‘new’ farms now some 10 years old. Botanica Sadly the name ...


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Enotria

John Hearn joins Enotria as off-trade commercial director

27 Jan 2015 | By Gemma McKenna

Former Diageo Percy Fox global commercial director John Hearn is to become off-trade commercial director at Enotria.

JNWine

Northern Ireland's James Nicholson Wine on acquisition trail

27 Jan 2015 | By Gemma McKenna

Northern Ireland’s James Nicholson Wine is on the lookout for a mainland UK acquisition.

Camilla

The Duchess of Cornwall toasts Australian wine

27 Jan 2015 | By Gemma McKenna

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall marked yesterday’s Australia Day with a glass of Australian wine at official celebrations hosted by Tourism Australia.

International Wine Challenge 2015

IWC claims retailers can raise millions of pounds in extra sales by using medal stickers

27 Jan 2015 | By Richard Siddle

Using award winning wine stickers on bottles can boost total wine sales by up to 15% in retail outlets, equating to millions of pounds in extra sales, according to research released today by the International Wine Challenge.

Looking the part: Berry Bros' Anne McHale MW on backing vocals

So what does wine trade band Skin Côntact's Anne McHale know about music?

27 Jan 2015 | By Claret Pimpernel

We’ve heard from some of the band members from the wine industry’s very own rock band, Skin Côntact, that has come together for Comic Relief, but now let’s get to know the singers - and backing singer Anne McHale MW of Berry Bros & Rudd to be exact. 

International Wine Challenge 2015

IWC claims retailers can raise millions of pounds in extra sales by using medal stickers

27 Jan 2015 | By Richard Siddle

Using award winning wine stickers on bottles can boost total wine sales by up to 15% in retail outlets, equating to millions of pounds in extra sales, according to research released today by the International Wine Challenge.

Accolade Wines

Accolade Wines recruits Daniel l'Anson as first UK fine wine director to drive premium wines

27 Jan 2015 | By Richard Siddle

Accolade Wines hopes to establish a footprint and market for its extensive range of premium wines by appointing its first fine wine director in the UK.

DIAGEO

Diageo exposed for extending supplier payment terms to 90 days

27 Jan 2015 | By Richard Siddle

Diageo is the latest high profile supplier to be exposed by the national media for trying to exert what has been seen as overt pressure on its suppliers.

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