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The Champagne Academy appoints new chair

Published:  06 February, 2019

The Champagne Academy has appointed Alice Archer as its new chair for 2019 taking over from Marcus Little.

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IWC stickers boost sales by up to 700%

Published:  06 February, 2019

Bottles of wine labelled with foil stickers awarded by the International Wine Challenge (IWC) can sell seven times more than an identical bottle of wine with no sticker, a study by the IWC has revealed.

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Italian wine under investigation for diluting expensive wines with mediocre grapes

Published:  05 February, 2019

At least 50 Italian organisations related to wine production, including vineyards and bottling companies, are reported to be under investigation for diluting expensive wines with mediocre grapes.

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Barefoot targets double digit growth in 2019

Published:  05 February, 2019

Barefoot has predicted double digit growth over the next twelve months, after Nielsen named it the biggest contributor to sales growth in the wine category.

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Calabria Family Wines open Barossa Valley Cellar Door Estate

Published:  05 February, 2019

Calabria Family Wines is set to open its Barossa Valley Cellar Door Estate this week.

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Famille Helfrich reveals exclusive Calvet range for on-trade and indies

Published:  05 February, 2019

Famille Helfrich is poised to unveil a new Calvet range exclusively created and designed for the on-trade and independents. 

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CA Grands Crus sells two Bordeaux estates

Published:  04 February, 2019

CA Grand Crus has put two of its Bordeaux estates up for sale - Château Blaignan (Médoc) and Château La Tour de Mons (Margaux).

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Bancroft Wines teams up with Château de Berne

Published:  04 February, 2019

Bancroft Wines is now the official agent for Château de Berne in the UK.

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Oddbins slides into administration blaming Brexit and risking hundreds of jobs

Published:  04 February, 2019

Oddbins has gone into administration, putting 550 jobs in jeopardy.

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Berkmann adds Château Minuty

Published:  04 February, 2019

Berkmann Wine Cellars has added Château Minuty to its portfolio of rosé wine.

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Eden Mill snaps up Eden River to expand production

Published:  04 February, 2019

Eden Mill, Scotland’s first single site brewery and distillery, has targeted further expansion after acquiring Eden River Brewery in Penrith, Cumbria, for an undisclosed amount.

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Corpinnat breaks from DO Cava

Published:  01 February, 2019

The "Corpinnat" association was launched in April of 2018 as a way to promote a stricter set of guidelines for quality sparkling wine solely within Penedès, Catalonia. But on 22 January, DO Cava gave them an ultimatum to abandon all promotional aspects of the brand by January 31st.

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The week that was

Published:  01 February, 2019

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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WineGB celebrates ‘turning point’ on back of record 2018 vintage

Published:  01 February, 2019

The gathering momentum of the English and Welsh wine industry was much in evidence on Thursday night at a packed gala dinner at London’s Vintners’ Hall.

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Chancellor’s wine hikes to go live at midnight

Published:  01 February, 2019

The wine industry is being warned to prepare for today’s rise in duty, which will push up a bottle of still wine by 7p to £2.23 overnight.

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The rise of Nordic gins

Published:  31 January, 2019

The gin market is a whirlwind of activity. According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), Brits bought over 60 million bottles worth over £1.6 billion in the year to June 2018, up 38% on the same period the previous year.

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Roberson plans expansion outside of London

Published:  31 January, 2019

Three years ago, dynamic, family-run business Roberson Wines took the decision to close its flagship store.

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Google searches for Dry January up 35% on last year as Gen Z knuckles down with no and low

Published:  31 January, 2019

Low and no alcohol serves can no longer be seen as “the poor cousin at the back of the bar” a number of industry experts agreed when faced with the question of what to do about the most teetotal generation in living memory.

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Luvian’s St Andrews' Archie McDiarmid blogs from Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough

Published:  31 January, 2019

Day two was built around the concept of ‘Purity’, and allowed six speakers to focus on the land and climate that makes New Zealand so special, the challenges it faces in the coming years and how they might overcome them.

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Diageo first-half sales up 6% boosted by strong UK performance

Published:  31 January, 2019

Diageo has reported a 5.8% increase in net sales to £6.9 billion boosted by a strong GB performance.

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