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Q&A: Chris Yorke, global marketing director, New Zealand Wine Growers

Published:  19 January, 2018

As NZ continues to deliver strong premium growth in the UK, Andrew Catchpole asks Chris Yorke about the challenges of keeping up the momentum.

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Tim Atkin MW: Taking the temperature of Chile

Published:  15 January, 2018

The samples didn’t look very special, to be honest. Bottled in the sort of thing they ask you to fill in doctor’s surgeries, they’d arrived by plane from the south that morning courtesy of Fernando Almeda of Miguel Torres Chile. The reality was considerably more exciting than the makeshift package, however. I was about to taste the first releases from the world’s most southerly vineyard.

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Guy Woodward: My 10 New Year’s resolutions

Published:  11 January, 2018

1. DRINK WHEN I WANT

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Meet The Buyers: Sean Sweeney, Director, Highbury Vintners

Published:  03 January, 2018

I’ve been in the wine trade for 20 years. I first started as a wine rep for a small Italian importer in London, before moving to Diageo to accept a position as a sale rep. However, in 2003 the opportunity arose to take over my father’s business; at that time there weren’t many independents specialising in wine from smaller producers. It was mostly the traditional off-licences selling the big brands and with the rise of the supermarkets selling alcohol it was time for a new approach. I knew there was a growing demand for more niche products from smaller producers and I wanted to tap into this market. My father wanted to retire so it was the perfect opportunity for me to put my plan into action.

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Meet the Buyers: Darren Willis, owner, Grape & Grind

Published:  03 January, 2018

Like many professionals working in the trade, a career in wine was never part of the original plan – I studied mechanical engineering at university, graduating in 1997. Yet after completing a WSET course in London, I applied for a position at Harvey Nichols in 2001. I soon fell in love with both the people and subject, a passion that endures today.

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Enough of the Millennials, what about us?

Published:  18 December, 2017

It is with us at last. The wonderful Christmas and New Year period when wine drinkers empty their wallets and flash their contactless cards with gay abandon. Filling their cars, kitchens and cellars with bottles, these treasured consumers keep our businesses afloat, at least for a few more months.

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Looking ahead: Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria and Coe

Published:  18 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Looking ahead: David Gleave MW, managing director, Liberty Wines

Published:  19 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Looking ahead: Jason Haynes, co-founder, Flint Wines

Published:  20 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Looking ahead: Craig Durham, managing director, Buckingham Schenk

Published:  20 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Looking ahead: Ruth Yates, founder and MD, Cork’s Out

Published:  20 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Looking ahead: Andrew Shaw, Conviviality wine buying director

Published:  20 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Looking ahead: Gavin Quinney, owner and winemaker, Chateau Bauduc

Published:  29 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the trade - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Tom King, managing director, Treasury Wine Estates Europe

Published:  14 December, 2017

Lisa Riley catches up with Tom King eight months after he took the helm at Treasury Wine Estates Europe following the untimely passing of predecessor Dan Townsend

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Meet the buyers: Tim Gardner, Beckford Bottle Shop

Published:  11 December, 2017

Harpers catches up with leading indie buyer, Tim Gardner, managing director/buyer, Beckford Bottle Shop, on how he ended up in the business of wine

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Meet the buyers: Louise Oliver, Seven Cellars

Published:  11 December, 2017

Harpers catches up with leading indie buyer, Louise Oliver, joint owner, Seven Cellars, on how she ended up in the business of wine

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Guy Woodward: The great Port revival

Published:  08 December, 2017

Remember all that talk, a few years back, of the big sherry revival? About how, spurred on by the growth of tapas bars, small-plate dining, aperitif culture and cool España, fino and amontillado were the new tipples of choice for the hipster generation?

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Tim Atkin MW: Wine's luxury lustre

Published:  06 December, 2017

Serendipity is part of the pleasure of owning a wine cellar. Unless you’re the kind of person who keeps a log of every bottle that’s down there – I’m as organised as the next Virgo, but there are limits – these chance discoveries are wonderful. Well, most of the time. For every bottle of oxidised Condrieu or dried-out claret, there are dozens that are exciting to unearth. I had a bottle of 2006 TMV Swartland Syrah recently, made by Chris and Andrea Mullineux before they set up their own now globally famous winery in South Africa, and it was a revelation.

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Meet the buyers: James Hocking, The Vineyard Cellars

Published:  27 November, 2017

Harpers gets the lowdown from specialist retailer buyer James Hocking, wine director at The Vineyard Cellars

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Meet the buyers: Alistair Viner, Hedonism

Published:  27 November, 2017

Harpers gets the lowdown from Alistair Viner, head buyer at Hedonism

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