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Offering Champagne at Cava prices could 'seriously damage' category

Published:  21 December, 2012

Noel Reid, wine and spirits buyer at Frederic Robinson has said positioning Champagne at prices not far above that of Prosecco or Cava could "very seriously damage the reputation of the entire segment".

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James Murray to leave LIWF in the new year

Published:  20 December, 2012

James Murray, director of the London International Wife Fair, has confirmed to Harpers he is to step aside in the new year and look at new opportunities ahead of a potentially challenging year for the exhibition.

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Geoffrey Dean continues his tour of Australia by picking his cricket-style Top 11 Tasmanian winemakers

Published:  20 December, 2012

In the same month that Tasmania's most famous son, Ricky Ponting,
probably the best Australian batsman after Don Bradman, played his
last game of international cricket, the temptation to pick an eleven
of top Tasmanian winemakers is too great to resist. Before paying
homage to this talented band of 'Tassie' brothers and sisters, the
quality of the island's fruit and terroir has first to be
acknowledged, for that is, of course, the key. But thanks to them,
Tasmania's huge potential as a world-class wine-producing entity is
being realised.

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Bordeaux's new UGC president urges top chateaux to up their involvement

Published:  20 December, 2012

Bordeaux's new Union des Grands Crus president Olivier Bernard, of Domaine de Chevalier, has called for the grands crus estates to work more closely with negociants and commit more fully to trade missions.

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Wine Australia to hold global wine forum

Published:  20 December, 2012

Wine Australia is holding a global Australian wine forum in September 2013, which is hopes will usher in a "new era" for Australian wine.

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Chilean winery Undurraga switches distribution to Gonzalez Byass

Published:  20 December, 2012

Chilean winery Undurraga has switched agency from Moreno to Gonzalez Byass in the UK.

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Leventhorpe launches Yorkshire's first sparkling rosé

Published:  19 December, 2012

The Leventhorpe vineyard near Leeds has launched Yorkshire's first sparkling rosé wine in time for Christmas and end-of-year celebrations.

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Avignonesi Winery acquires third vineyard in 18 months

Published:  19 December, 2012

The Italian-based biodynamic producer Avignonesi Winery has acquired its third vineyard in 18 months, making it one of the region's largest producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

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Christmas sales bonanza for Virgin Wines

Published:  19 December, 2012

Virgin Wines has sold more wine this week than ever before - shipping over 31,500 cases to households around the UK.

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Marisco Vineyards acquires 2,000 ha Marlborough estate

Published:  19 December, 2012

Brent Marris, the owner and winemaker behind New Zealand's Marisco Vineyards, which produces the Ned and the King's Series wines, has bought a 2,000 ha property in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough and is on the lookout for more sites to buy.

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Champagne market unlikely to pick up until 2014

Published:  19 December, 2012

The Champagne market is unlikely to pick up in 2013 - and not before 2014/15 - according to Dr Steve Charters MW, professor of Champagne management at Reims Management School.

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New Zealand Winegrowers appoints Chris Stroud to head up Europe

Published:  19 December, 2012

New Zealand Winegrowers has appointed Chris Stroud to head up its European operations.

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Looking back on 2012 for the wine trade: part 2

Published:  19 December, 2012

Ready for the next instalment of what's gone on in the wine trade in 2012?

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Corks Out wins Emporia Spirit Merchant of the Year award

Published:  18 December, 2012

North west based independent merchant Corks Out has won the Emporia Spirit Merchant of the Year Award for 2012 in recognition of  its successful work selling premium spirits.

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Bowmore teams up with Caledonian Club to open The Bowmore Room

Published:  18 December, 2012

Morrison Bowmore Distillers owned malt whisky brand Bowmore has launched the Bowmore Room, in partnership with London's Caledonian Club.

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Jayne Powell, aka Champagne Jayne, is in heaven sampling Krug's new menu at Murano with Olivier Krug and Angela Hartnett

Published:  18 December, 2012

A once in a lifetime chance to dine with living legends Olivier Krug and Angela Hartnett has to be the foodie equivalent of winning tickets to the VIP private party at the Superbowl.

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Looking back on 2012 for the wine trade: part 1

Published:  18 December, 2012

Reflecting on 2012, and checking out some of our most popular articles both online and in the magazine, it's evident the trade didn't have an easy year. But it certainly wasn't all doom and gloom. A quick run-down picks up diverse themes incorporating everything from the Olympics, companies collapsing, generic bodies coming up with new approaches, UK-based firms taking closer looks at overseas markets in order to maximise returns, a host of changes at the top within the UK's leading wine businesses and the unstoppable juggernaut that is the alcohol duty escalator.

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Consumers face massive price hikes for Christmas drinks

Published:  18 December, 2012

Consumers are facing a massive price hike for their average Christmas drinks shop if government proposals on minimum pricing go ahead, the Wine & Spirits Trade Association has warned.

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Kingsland Wine closes Stratford's headquarters

Published:  17 December, 2012

FE Barber, which trades as Kingsland Wine & Spirits and Legacy Wines, is to close Stratford's Wine Agencies Cookham office following its purchase of the firm back in September.

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Portugal buyers' trip: Bob McDonald

Published:  17 December, 2012

Last to write about his experience on the Harpers buyers' trip through Portugal's Alentejo, Tejo and Peninsula de Setúbal regions, is Corks Out's Bob McDonald, who tells Harpers why it's the indigenous varieties and not the international ones that float his regional boat.

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