Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin: why consumers could fall out of love with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Subscription

07 Nov 2014 | By Tim Atkin

Some milestones make you think. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the founding of Cloudy Bay, one of the most successful wine brands ever, and a label that helped to launch an entire region.

Guy Woodward

Guy Woodward: even Champagne has a lot to learn about consumers Subscription

07 Nov 2014 | By Guy Woodward

Comedian and writer David Mitchell is among the more perceptive columnists for the once great Observer, so it was with interest that I read his piece on how the taste of Champagne doesn’t matter. When it comes to serving sparkling wine, he claimed, so long as it has bubbles, and says Champagne and not Cava on the label, any further qualities are immaterial.

Richard Siddle, editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit

Richard Siddle: what sort of community do you hang out in?

07 Nov 2014 | By Richard Siddle

    They say you can tell a lot about someone by the company they keep. Or the sort of people they like to hang out with. The thought crossed my mind at last weekend’s Digital Wine Communications Conference. An event which attracted well over 300 delegates and speakers who were quite happy to give up their weekend to travel to the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland.

Jerry Lockspeiser

Jerry Lockspeiser on why we could all do our bit to help in fight against ebola

31 Oct 2014 | By Jerry Lockspeiser

The Millione wine brand is a social business started by myself, Cliff Roberson and Mike Paul.  All profits are used to build primary schools in Sierra Leone. Four schools have been running successfully and the fifth is half built.

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson joins the white wine appreciation society

06 Oct 2014 | By Jason Wilson

It’s easy enough for wine geeks to roll their eyes or poke fun at the Summer of Riesling, the popular annual campaign/movement here in the US that’s just ended – and will finally be retired – after a seven-summer run.

Richard Siddle

Richard Siddle: time to put retailer and supplier relations on a fairer footing

03 Oct 2014 | By Richard Siddle

The fallout from Tesco hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons - and overstating its profits to the tune of some £250 million - could be felt by everyone in the grocery retail sector, never mind the suspended Tesco executives currently re-evaluating their careers.

Tim Atkin

Tim Atkin on why modern winemaking is a breath of fresh air Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Tim Atkin

“To thine own self be true.” Polonius’ advice to his son Laertes in Hamlet is arguably easier to give than to follow. Most of us make regular compromises in our personal and professional lives. We don’t lie to ourselves exactly, but we fall short of the absolute standards to which we aspire.

The Hunted

Stephen Forward: drinks industry under attack!

07 Nov 2014 | By Stephen Forward

If you thought fox hunting had been banned, think again. It appears the concept has just mutated. Some people still get a thrill from the chase, so while it may be illegal to hunt and kill bushy tailed carnivorous mammals using horns, dogs and horses, a new form of hunting has now evolved.

Mark Dally

Mark Dally on driving wine across Fuller’s 400 pubs and hotels Subscription

06 Oct 2014 | By Nigel Huddleston

Think of Fuller’s and you think of beer. The west London-based group owns nearly 400 pubs and hotels, and the guest beer and take-home market has made its London Pride one of the most popular ale brands in the UK, writes Nigel Huddleston.

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