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Sainsbury's works with new research centre to develop lower alcohol wines consumers want to drink

22 May 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Sainsbury’s has teamed up with the University of Adelaide to part-fund wine research at a new wine innovation centre in Australia that will look at developing lower alcohol wines.

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GUSBOURNE raises funds to invest

Gusbourne Estate set to raise £3.57m from share to boost investment

28 May 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

English wine producer Gusbourne Estate is looking to raise more than £3.57m to invest in its winery and brand.

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Aged sake Part 1: Is it all it is cracked up to be?

26 May 2015 | By Anna Greenhous

In the first of a two-part blog, Anna Greenhous looks at aged sake, a niche product that divides opinion.

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Matthew Dickinson asks: Where has all the profit gone?

26 May 2015 | By Matthew Dickinson

Giving a talk at a recent WSET Business and Commercial Knowledge course gave Matthew Dickinson the opportunity to look at where the profit in wine has gone. Here he reflects on what he discovered:


WSTA members angered by lack of support and other "freeloading" businesses in the trade

13 May 2015 | By Rosie Davenport

The WSTA has called for more drinks businesses to take up membership and support the trade organisation as some members that have been contributing to the body feel that other business in the trade are “freeloading.”

Why I love/don't love... survey results: Most overrated and underrated wine countries Subscription

13 May 2015 | By Nigel Huddleston exclusive survey asked thetrade who they thought the most overrated and underrated wine regions were and the poll yielded some interesting results.

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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur: The verdict Subscription

12 May 2015 | By Gavin Quinney

There has been little incentive for consumers to buy Bordeaux en primeur in recent years. Can the chateaux turn that around? Our man on the ground, local winemaker Gavin Quinney, reviews the latest vintage:

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En primeur: "encouraging signs" from first chateaux to release prices

27 Apr 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

One of Chateau Lafite’s subsidiary châteaux became the first to release prices for en primeur 2014 – and the signs are “encouraging”, according to fine wine specialists.

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En primeur whites: excellent vintage, but don’t overestimate the acidity

22 Apr 2015 | By Panos Kakaviatos

A few years ago, I enjoyed a horizontal of the 2000 vintage of white Graves at Domaine de Chevalier and was struck at how some estates with higher acidities did better than others. 2000 was not a particularly successful vintage for whites. In contrast to 2014, the summer was too hot to produce vibrant wines and most were better enjoyed in their youth. So wines made from earlier picked grapes suited the vintage better – but that did not mean that the wines were necessarily very good. ...

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Tesco appoints former Diageo lawyer to head up legal team

29 May 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Tesco has appointed Diageo’s former lawyer David Berry as its first UK legal director, according to legal publication, The Lawyer.

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Consumers win as supermarket wines awarded nearly 500 medals at IWC 2015

13 May 2015 | By Erin Smith

Consumers are the real winners this year, with almost 500 medals from the 2015 International Wine Challenge being awarded to supermarkets’ own-brand and exclusive wines.

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Kantar: £532m lost from supermarket revenue pool in just three months

06 May 2015 | By Erin Smith

Kantar Worldpanel released it most recent UK retail figures today showing that “a massive £532m has been taken out of the supermarket revenue pool in just three months” according to Fraser McKevitt, the head of retail and consumer insights at Kantar.

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