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Al Gore to follow in Obama’s footsteps as keynote speaker of climate change conference

Published:  18 October, 2018

Al Gore, former US Vice-President and nobel laureate, has been named as the keynote speaker of Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit 2019.

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Douro harvest delivers quality on back of “absurdly low” yields

Published:  17 October, 2018

Following a year of challenging weather extremes, the Douro’s 2018 harvest has given up some “excellent Ports and Douro wines” according to Symington Family Estate’s annual harvest report.

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Plumpton reveals speaker line up for next Wine Talks series

Published:  17 October, 2018

Plumpton College has announced the line up for its next Wine Talks series including John Seccombe, Brad Greatrix, Charles Metcalfe and Professor Tom Gilbert.

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Tesco boxes out low and no alcohol for the first time at autumn tasting

Published:  17 October, 2018

Tesco shone a spotlight on its growing list of low and no alcohol options at its tasting yesterday, giving further credence to moderation trends.

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Kingsland expands Shorn on Tour range with Malbec

Published:  17 October, 2018

Kingsland Drinks has grown its Shorn on Tour pouch range with a Malbec variant.

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Howard’s Folly to up production five-fold

Published:  17 October, 2018

Howard’s Folly is poised to increase its production five-fold from 60,000 to 300,000 bottles over the next five years.

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31Dover claims UK first with data-led subscription service

Published:  16 October, 2018

31Dover has claimed a UK first with a data-led technology wine subscription service.

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Chapel Down appoints head of brewing for its Curious Brewery arm

Published:  16 October, 2018

Chapel Down has appointed Matthew Anderson of AB InBev to the newly created position of head of brewing & production.

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Maker’s Mark launches new collection to tap Brits’ thirst for American whisky

Published:  16 October, 2018

Maker’s Mark has produced a limited edition run of 252 Private Select bottles in the UK to tap Brits’ thirst for American whisky.

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Jascots adds Hungarian producer

Published:  15 October, 2018

Jascots has added Hungarian producer Zsirai to its portfolio.

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Late summer spells trouble for restaurants

Published:  15 October, 2018

The restaurant trade suffered another tough month in September with sales dampened by the late summer, while the pub industry continued to bask in the sun.

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IWC launches digital platform to connect wine industry

Published:  15 October, 2018

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) has launched a digital platform designed to bring together the members of the wine industry from around the world.

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New wine school for the South West

Published:  15 October, 2018

A new wine school co-founded by Hayley Reynolds DipWSET is set to launch in the South West with the support of a trio of the region’s well known wine experts.

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Trade must embrace consumer trends to capitalise on summer growth

Published:  15 October, 2018

Kingsland Drinks has called for the trade to do more to tap into the modest value growth in sales witnessed over the summer, with innovation and new formats key to winning over new drinkers in the wine category.

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Things hotting up for English wine following record-breaking summer

Published:  12 October, 2018

Producers are calling 2018’s harvest the “harvest of the century” after unusually warm climes descended on Britain this summer and autumn.

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Diageo identifies low and no alcohol as number one trend for 2019

Published:  12 October, 2018

Diageo’s The Future of Drinks trends session at its World Class global bartending finals in Berlin earlier this week predicted that low and no alcohol alternatives would continue to grow, with younger consumers driving the change.

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Waitrose introduces 100 new lines to bolster premium position

Published:  12 October, 2018

“Functional booze is not our game. We need to tell a story,” says Pierpaolo Petrassi, head of buying, beers, wines and spirits at Waitrose.

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The week that was

Published:  12 October, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.

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Jeroboams snaps up Prohibition Wines

Published:  11 October, 2018

A new challenge is on the horizon for London merchant Jeroboams Wines, which is set to take over the reigns of Prohibition Wines in Muswell Hill.

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Bodega Argento targets UK on-trade as it becomes Mendoza’s largest organic producer

Published:  11 October, 2018

Organic winemaking has gone mainstream in recent years as producers aim to keep abreast of health conscious and sustainability trends.

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