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Smell of EX-cess

27 Jan 2015 | By Victoria Hayes

What could the wine industry learn from the perfume one?

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Majestic

Please Sir, I want some more?

24 Jan 2015 | By Stephen Forward

I've heard it all this week. It turns out that Majestic wine, of all companies, has done an Oliver Twist. They've colluded with a bunch of other apparently destitute wine merchants by writing an open letter begging their Bordeaux suppliers; asking: Please Sir, I want some more?

A&E

Competitive advantage through customer experience

18 Jan 2015 | By Stephen Forward

News emerged this week that A&E waiting times in the UK have reached record levels. This is bad news on several fronts but, if my family are anything to go by, the A&E crisis may be partially attributable to the nation’s deteriorating cooking skills.

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A real glass act

08 Jan 2015 | By Stephen Forward

Show me a real man that doesn't like a bit of willie and I’ll show you a squirrel that doesn't like nuts!

Bordeaux should resist calls

Why Bordeaux producers should resist calls to ‘reduce’ their 2014 prices

31 Dec 2014 | By Stephen Forward

Wine investors have been bitching about Bordeaux release prices for the last few years. According to investors, for the 2014 release, “The pressure will be on the producers to get their prices right”. But what is the ‘right price’ and in whose interest is this ’right price’?

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Stephen Forward: are zero-hour contracts an employment tool or Victorian torture?

08 Dec 2014 | By Stephen Forward, Stephen Forward

There’s been a lot of bad press lately on the subject of zero-hours contracts. The Labour party have pledged to abolish them if they win the next election. So what are zero-hours contracts exactly, why do employers use them, and how do they work in practice?

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Wine Country Resort Review: 5 Star Il Boscareto Resort

01 Dec 2014 | By Marisa D'Vari

Lovers of both the modern and traditional style of Barolo will definitely be attracted to the very modern, five star Il Boscareto Resort, located in Serralunga d’Alba, which appeals to all the senses in its gorgeously designed rooms and suites, state of the art spa, very well appointed exercise room, and of course its two restaurants. The fine dining restaurant has an excellent selection of vintage wines from the region’s producers, and it’s where the top producers often gather for celebratory .

Gilbert Winfield

Gilbert Winfield AIWS, BSc

I am a very experienced wine professional specializing in wine tasting presentation, wine writing, judging, and education. I have worked in wine for a long time in France, and briefly in Italy, and I now manage wine events, some educational, some more frivolous, all professionally organized. I’m a WSET Diploma holder, judge on the International Wine Challenge, a member of the Association of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers. Despite all this, my sense of humour remains as ...

Tori Hayes

Victoria Hayes | Sales Manager for Cruise

My interest in wine began as a naughty child stealing sips of wine from my parents’ glasses but really blossomed as the Sales Manager for a prestige nightclub in Chester. Selling everything from Vintage Dom Perignon to Barefoot Rose, I was determined to know more and try more than anyone else. Beginning my WSET training with a distinction and continuing now with the total certainty of being a Master one day soon.

John Barfield

John Barfield | Millenial Wineman

Turned passion into profession without looking back. I’ve now been part of the UK wine industry since 2012 account managing private clients wine requirements. Outside of my job role my employer has sponsored me to complete my WSET diploma by 2016.

Stephen Forward | Essentially Wine

Founder and owner of Essentially Wine Ltd established in 2004, and specializing in importing and retailing fine wines from small producers. Prior to that I spent 20 years in the IT industry, the last 13 or so living and working in Switzerland running a computer services company.

Karen Capey | Business development manager BWS

Karen Capey is business development manager for beers, wines and spirits and is a frank and fresh voice in the industry and would be the blogger. She’s got over 20 years experience working within the industry. She lives in Leicester, is warm social person and enjoys helping independent and bigger brands to reach their potential.

Karl Walton

Karl Walton | Hennings Wine Merchants

Growing up in a North-West council house with an outside toilet and a coal-shed rather than a wine cellar and a Mother and Father who, with the exception of Christmas never touched a drop of alcohol I was hardly destined for a career in the wine industry.

Richard Saxton

Richard Saxton | The Graped Crusader

Richard is a wine blogger and writer who writes for a number of publications including Birmingham Post, Browse Bullring and Find Wine as well as for his own website and blog at www.thegrapedcrusader.co.uk.

Marisa D'Vari

Marisa D'Vari | A Wine Story

An international wine judge. (IWC, IWSC) and fine wine writer (London’s FT, Meininger’s Wine Business International, South China Morning Post, SF Chronicle, and many others), D’Vari is also a candidate in the Institute of Master of Wine’s educational program.

Lisa Johnston

Lisa Johnston | Wine Muse

Lisa Johnston is a wine educator, writer and wine business consultant who has a fascination for wine - in the vineyard, in the bottle and in the glass. An avid traveller, her plan is to visit every wine region in the world. On her blog, she shares the best finds and thanks to the ever changing nature of the subject at hand - this may take a very very long time. See more of Lisa’s work on

Athila Roos

Athila Roos | Head Sommelier

Athila Roos originally came from a Marketing and Advertising background in his home city of Sao Paulo. Having settled in London in 2005, his interest in wine really took off when he started at Bibendum Wine where he managed a tasting club, got his accreditations from WSET and headed an internal marketing campaign which led the company to win the “International Wine Challenge Corporate Social Responsibility 2010” and “The Drinks Business UK Green Company of the Year”. In 2009 he became ...

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