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  • 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.

  • Guy Woodward @guyawoodward

    Guy Woodward: The wine industry could learn so much from friendly coffee baristas

    On the face of it, Waitrose’s commitment to making its beer, wine and spirits departments “destinations” in their own right is a no-brainer.

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.

Still time to test your knowledge and take the Harpers Quizmas Quiz Challenge!

17 Dec 2014 | By Claret Pimpernel

There has been a lot going on over the last 12 months and it can be hard to keep up with the latest news, views and opinions in the UK wine and spirits sector. So why not find out how much you remember or what caught your attention in 2014 by taking part in our fun Harpers Quizmas Quiz Challenge.

Unravelling the secrets of Burgundy

Burgundy wines tries to buck falling UK sales with week-long event

17 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

The generic body behind Burgundy wines in the UK is launching a week long showcase of the region’s wines in London in January 2015 as part of a bid to counteract its slump in sales.

Treasury Wine Estates

Treasury Wine Estates to slim down branded portfolio

16 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Treasury Wine Estates is focusing its investment on 15 global umbrella brands, 20 international brands, and 20 local brands, out of its 80-strong portfolio.

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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.

Still time to test your knowledge and take the Harpers Quizmas Quiz Challenge!

17 Dec 2014 | By Claret Pimpernel

There has been a lot going on over the last 12 months and it can be hard to keep up with the latest news, views and opinions in the UK wine and spirits sector. So why not find out how much you remember or what caught your attention in 2014 by taking part in our fun Harpers Quizmas Quiz Challenge.

Supermarket

Price wars saved UK shoppers £182m in last three months, says Kantar

17 Dec 2014 | By Erin Smith

While the grocery market has returned to very slight growth, real grocery deflation, which has seen prices fall by 0.7% versus last year, equates to savings of £182 million for consumers in the last three months, according to Kantar. 

"Is that a Belvedere vodka I see on the back bar?"

James Bond returns to vodka - Belvedere vodka for new Spectre film

16 Dec 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Bond is back and this time’s he’s drinking vodka. Belvedere vodka to be exact.

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