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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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Jerry Lockspeiser: Are we in the wine business or the business of wine?

Published:  27 April, 2018

Barely 50% of UK start-ups make it to their third birthday (ONS figures). 20% of American businesses fail before they are one year old, around half make it to five years, and just 30% are still going after a decade (USA Today).

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Liberty for all

Published:  25 April, 2018

David Gleave MW talks to Andrew Catchpole about the vision that continues to underpin his business 20 years since it began

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Meet the buyers: John Critchley, Morgenrot

Published:  23 April, 2018

This month we caught up with the leading wholesalers from Britain’s provincial hotspots

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Q&A: Charles Smith, Wines of Substance

Published:  16 April, 2018

Since selling off the five key labels of his eponymous wine range to Constellation Brands in 2016, former rock band manager turned Washington-based wine pioneer Charles Smith is now focused on creating Wines of Substance. Jo Gilbert reports

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Guy Woodward: Casting wine in a cool, urban light

Published:  12 April, 2018

Guy Woodward Former editor of Decanter 

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Meet the buyers: David Robertson, group wine manager, HB Clark

Published:  10 April, 2018

This month we caught up with the leading wholesalers from Britain’s provincial hotspots

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Tim Atkin MW: Protecting the global spirit of wine

Published:  06 April, 2018

Tim Atkin MW: Wine critic, broadcaster, co-chair of the IWC 

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Meet the buyer: Rachael Leach, director of private client sales, Swig

Published:  06 April, 2018

I got into the trade by accident, after finding out about WSET from an article for a level 2 course that came with (the real attraction) an accompanying daily lunch at José Pizarro’s restaurant. That love of wine and need to get involved was fostered by the blind-tasting team at university, and then a stint at Bancroft in the marketing department.

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Winning at wine: HB Clark

Published:  30 March, 2018

Composite wholesaler HB Clark has a renewed focus on wine as a door opener for new trade. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Jerry Lockspeiser: It’s time to treat drinkers like adults

Published:  28 March, 2018

What have Kevin the Carrot, a wine called Sex, and Anything But Chardonnay got in common? Answer: They’ve all been banned.

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Meet the buyers: Robin Davis, owner/wine director, Swig

Published:  26 March, 2018

This month we caught up with the surfers riding the wave of the online wine world

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Profile: Kingsland Drinks

Published:  21 March, 2018

By taking an holistic approach from sourcing to supply, Kingsland Drinks is injecting innovation along the way. Andrew Catchpole reports 

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Meet the buyers: Ray O’Connor, wine director, Naked Wines

Published:  19 March, 2018

This month we caught up with the surfers riding the wave of the online wine world

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Meet the buyers: Andrew Baker, wine buying director, Virgin Wines

Published:  16 March, 2018

This month we caught up with the surfers riding the wave of the online wine world

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