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Q&A: Laure Patry, Pollen Street Social Group

Published:  19 July, 2018

Brexit may be a big headache, but London is still one of the best places in the world to be a sommelier, group head sommelier Laure Patry tells Harpers

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Meet the buyers: Matthew Harris, owner/director at Planet Of The Grapes

Published:  16 July, 2018

Hybrids that mix it up with wine and food spill the beans on how to juggle retail and in-house hospitality.

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Guy Woodward: The debate dividing Napa Valley vintners

Published:  12 July, 2018

Driving down the bucolic Highway 29 last month, on my way into Napa Valley, I was confronted by a series of roadside placards. As the vineyards became more prevalent, so did the signs. “No on C” most of them read. “Yes on C” read a few. But what the hell was C?

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Tim Atkin MW: Sorry Mr Parker, but the world has moved on

Published:  06 July, 2018

Robert Parker is one of the most talked about and divisive individuals in the world of wine. Now into his seventies and the twilight of his career, he still has the power to ignite heated discussions – even if his sway over the wineries, domaines and châteaux that once trembled before his judgments has largely vanished.

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Meet the buyers: Peter Mitchell MW, Laytons

Published:  06 June, 2018

This month’s Meet the Buyers series zones in on some of the best suppliers the to UK’s vibrant on-trade.

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Jerry Lockspieser: Selling equity in your business - great for growth or dancing with the devil?

Published:  26 June, 2018

Much is being written these days about consumers wanting authenticity, honesty and transparency in the products they buy, and the companies they buy them from. The news from across the drinks aisle that craft brewer Beavertown has sold an undisclosed minority stake to corporate giant Heineken for £40m raises interesting questions in this arena.

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Michael Saunders, chief executive, Bibendum PLB

Published:  25 June, 2018

As Michael Saunders returns to his former role at Bibendum post Conviviality, Andrew Catchpole
asks what is to come

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Meet the buyers: Shaun Healy, LWC Drinks

Published:  18 June, 2018

This month’s Meet the Buyers series zones in on some of the best suppliers the to UK’s vibrant on-trade.

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Guy Woodward: Are sommeliers followers or leaders?

Published:  11 June, 2018

It had been a long day. The panel discussion, as they are wont to do, had dragged on. The moderators, as they are even more wont to do, had dominated. And, at the back of the room, having negotiated a full day of the London Wine Fair, and sat quietly through an hour-long debate (Wine & Dine: How chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers build their wine lists), Ben Drury was mad as hell. And he wasn’t going to take it any more.

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Meet the buyers: Doug Wregg, Les Caves De Pyrene

Published:  06 June, 2018

This month’s Meet the Buyers series zones in on some of the best suppliers the to UK’s vibrant on-trade.

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Tim Atkin MW: Where wines really come from doesn’t matter to many

Published:  01 June, 2018

I’ve never been to the Phantom River in New Zealand’s South Island, but a quick search online shows that it rises in the Ben McLeod Range and joins the Orari River close to Peel Forest. With its echoes of nature, mystery and the gold rush, it’s a wonderful name for a Sauvignon Blanc brand. Punters clearly think so too, as Phantom River is currently selling several million bottles at £5 in Sainsbury’s.

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Meet The Buyers: Noel Reid, Robinsons Brewery

Published:  29 May, 2018

Our series continues with wine buyer Noel Reid, who oversees the evolving and quality wine portfolio at regional brewer, Robinsons Brewery.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: The rise of the empowered consumer

Published:  25 May, 2018

“Business leaders can no longer assume that consumers make rational decisions about which products to buy and use. Today’s empowered customers no longer purchase products; they buy experiences. They engage with brands that deliver what they need, when they need it, regardless of the delivery mechanism or channel.

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Meet The Buyers: Neil Bruce, Fuller’s

Published:  24 May, 2018

Our series continues with head of wine Neil Bruce, who oversees the evolving and quality wine portfolio at regional brewer, Fuller’s.

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Q&A: Adrian McKeon, Accolade

Published:  18 May, 2018

A year into the job, Accolade UK’s big chief, Ade McKeon, talks to Andrew Catchpole about staying at the top of the pile

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Meet the buyers: Andrew Harris, Harvey’s

Published:  17 May, 2018

Our series continues with wine manager Andrew Harris, who oversees the evolving and quality wine portfolio at regional brewer, Harvey’s. 

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Guy Woodward: Who is wine for?

Published:  11 May, 2018

Two months ago, I wrote a column on Majestic that was less than effusive in its appraisal of the UK’s biggest drinks retailer. The day after it was published, I received a phone call from the firm’s chief executive Rowan Gormley. It’s funny how our reliance on electronic forms of communication means that an unsolicited call now has added impact – a fact which I’m sure Gormley had in mind as he opened the call with a jokey threat of legal action.

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Meet the buyers: Lydia Redfearn, Adnams

Published:  09 May, 2018

Our series continues with wine buyer Lydia Redfearn, who oversees the evolving and quality wine portfolio at regional brewer, Adnams. 

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Tim Atkin MW: And then there were three

Published:  04 May, 2018

Does anyone remember Safeway? In its day, it had one of the best supermarket wine ranges in the UK – diverse, daring and invariably well selected.

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WoodWinters makes waves in the Big Smoke

Published:  30 April, 2018

Establishing a wholesale presence in London, opening new and improved operations in Scotland and setting up a distillery, it’s all go for WoodWinters. Lisa Riley reports

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