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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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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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