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Looking ahead: Andrew Johnson, Woodwinters

Published:  13 December, 2018

Tumultuous political times are offering an interesting backdrop to our latest Looking Ahead series.

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Rhône wines shine in the US

Published:  09 December, 2018

Sales of Rhône wines continue to decline in traditional markets, while the US east coast is showing “unprecedented levels of consumer interest,” according to leading sommeliers.

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Rioja picks its leading lights for night of celebration

Published:  21 November, 2018

Raul Diaz, Bar 44 and Corks Out were some of the big winners at last night’s Rioja Recognises awards, which singles out the top ambassadors flying the flag for Spain’s flagship wine region.

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Educators from UK to India celebrated in WSET nominations

Published:  19 November, 2018

Educators which have taken up the WSET mantle to bring wine and spirits education to the world are being celebrated today following nominations for 2018.

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Edinburgh Gin plans multi-million-pound distillery

Published:  16 November, 2018

Edinburgh Gin has unveiled plans to invest in a new multi-million-pound distillery in Edinburgh city centre.

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Bordeaux targets YouTube generation with new UK campaign

Published:  15 November, 2018

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has launched a new digital campaign has launched to increase awareness of Bordeaux wines in the UK market - a major market for wine exports from the region.

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Q&A: Robert Cooke, beers, wines & spirits director, Tesco

Published:  15 November, 2018

Buoyed by October’s encouraging interim results, Tesco is heading into the festive season with a hand in the on-trade for the first time, thanks to its merger with cash-and-carry group Booker. Jo Gilbert speaks to BWS director Robert Cooke about what the deal means for alcoholic drinks sales at the UK’s biggest grocer

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Global wine markets: China shines as Brexit Britain picks up wooden spoon

Published:  13 November, 2018

The second annual ProWein Business Report looking at the attractiveness of international export markets for wine has placed China in pole position for the first time.

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Freixenet-Copestick merger to create sparkling super supplier

Published:  09 November, 2018

UK-based wine supplier and brand owner Copestick Murray and Cava giant Freixenet have revealed plans to merge as of January 1.

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Japan prepares to take on the world at second Wines of Japan tasting

Published:  07 November, 2018

Before the de-regulation in 2004, producers had to show a minimum level of production, which favoured companies with high capital. Afterwards, there was a blossoming of artisanal producers. This really stimulated the industry. Made big producers re look at their wines. 

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Insights: Focus on fizz

Published:  06 November, 2018

Drawing on sparkling wine research carried out with Wines Direct, Harpers assesses the state of play

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Europe ups its craft game as new leader of NPD

Published:  06 November, 2018

Europe is reclaiming its reputation as the hub of the beer world as it overtakes the US as the biggest driver of NPD in the craft segment. Jo Gilbert looks at the re-emergence of the world’s oldest beer market.

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Ban on post duty point dilution could hammer British made and low abv wine

Published:  05 November, 2018

A change to legislation in the 2018 Budget policy document could have a significant impact on products made from concentrate in the UK, including British made wine, low abv wines, RTDs, sherry-style drinks and flavoured ciders – anything which is diluted after fermentation.

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Pernod Ricard looks to Canada for latest premium gin

Published:  02 November, 2018

Pernod Ricard UK is further expanding the top end of its gin portfolio with leading Canadian brand Ungava.

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Black Tower chooses low cal range for new campaign

Published:  02 November, 2018

Leading German brand Black Tower has announced it will be highlighting its low calorie range ahead of the festive season with a new neck collar campaign.

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UK the fourth most expensive EU country to buy alcohol and tobacco in

Published:  31 October, 2018

The UK has been pinpointed as the fourth most costly country in the EU when it comes to buying alcohol and tobacco.

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Missed opportunity: What a rise with inflation means for the UK wine trade

Published:  30 October, 2018

Pub landlords and spirits importers will be breathing a sigh of relief this morning, but not the nation’s wine trade – which is looking at an extra £90 million bill in duty next year.

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Artadi joins Pol Roger

Published:  25 October, 2018

Pol Roger Portfolio has announced it will be distributing the wines of Spanish producer Bodegas Artadi, bringing the full range to the UK from November 1.

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Low disease pressure and minimal intervention casts warm glow over UK wine industry

Published:  24 October, 2018

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Demand for craft spirits in the US shows no sign of slowing

Published:  24 October, 2018

The appetite for craft spirits in the United States - arguably the nation behind the boom in craft drinks worldwide - still packs a major punch new research suggests. 

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