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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: 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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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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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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Meet the buyers: Edward Gerard, Harrods

Published:  27 November, 2017

Harpers gets the lowdown from specialist retailer buyer Edward Gerard, buying manager for wines, spirits and cigars at Harrods

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Meet the buyers: Rob Graves, Harvey Nichols

Published:  27 November, 2017

Harpers gets the lowdown from specialist retailer buyers Rob Graves, head of food and wine buying at Harvey Nichols

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Q&A: Irene Paiva, Vistamar

Published:  10 November, 2017

The Vistamar winemaker talks to Andrew Catchpole about the ongoing evolution of Chile’s winemaking scene 

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Guy Woodward: At the mercy of the elements

Published:  06 November, 2017

Within days of the Napa Valley going up in flames, as firefighters were still wrestling for control of Atlas Peak and Mount Veeder, the assurances were being issued. Everything was OK – the vast majority of the grapes had already been harvested, the remaining fruit on the vine was the thick-skinned, resilient Cabernet and any smoke taint was likely to be minimal.

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Tim Atkin MW: Rich pickings for the vineyards of Burgundy

Published:  02 November, 2017

Remind me never to play poker against Frédéric Engerer.

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Meet the buyers: The Wine Society

Published:  02 November, 2017

James Lawrence catches up with the buying team at customer-owned The Wine Society

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Q&A: David Cox, chief executive, The Benevolent

Published:  30 October, 2017

Ahead of his forthcoming retirement David Cox talks to Andrew Catchpole about a lifetime at the forefront of the drinks trade

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D&D: Standing out from the crowd

Published:  18 October, 2017

D&D London’s Michael Patterson talks to Andrew Catchpole about evolving drinks trends on the London restaurant scene and how they affect the buyers’ role 

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