Tim Atkin

Tim Atkin MW on the hail crisis in Burgundy and what producers could learn from Argentina

04 Jul 2014 | By Tim Atkin

“Would you like to go up in one of our planes?” asked Eduardo Martín, director of the Argentinean Ministry of Agriculture’s anti-hail squad. It was an offer that was all too easy to refuse. In Mendoza, the 24 pilots who are employed by the Ministry to combat hail are paid danger money and deserve every peso. Since 1998, when planes seeding clouds with silver iodide replaced rockets as a way of combating the biggest risk to vineyards, the pilots have been doing what must rank as one ...

Guy Woodward

Guy Woodward: no more ivory tower posturing, let's get personal with consumers

04 Jul 2014 | By Guy Woodward

Harpers is pleased to announce it has signed up Guy Woodward, former editor of Decanter, as a regular columnist and contributor.This month he tips his cap to the creative minds at Naked Wines and other innovative retail sites that are genuinely communicating to consumers in a way they can understand and says there are so many lessons to be learnt from the old school wine trade still stuck in its ivory tower. 

Jerry Lockspeiser

Jerry Lockspeiser is enthralled by the wine business insights of Mike Veseth

29 May 2014 | By Jerry Lockspeiser

Mike Veseth is an unusual academic. Professor emeritus of international political economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and an economist who studies global wine markets, he writes about wine business issues with a down to earth populist ease that Nigel Farage would be proud of. His enthusiastic, chatty style resembles a conversation over a glass of Merlot in a wine bar. He makes his subject highly accessible and clearly loves this world.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Call My Wine Bluff proves people just want to have fun with wine!

16 May 2014 | By Jerry Lockspeiser

As reported in Harpers in March we aimed to raise enough at this year’s Call My Wine Bluff to pass £1 million since our first event 6 years ago. Thanks to the generosity and spirit of the 180 people who laughed, listened, chatted and drank their way through the evening (no one was spitting thank God) we did – by some way.

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Mark Fiddes on why he is struggling with the beer brand smarm offensive Video

25 Apr 2014 | By Mark Fiddes

You may recognise the symptoms. It’s more debilitating than hay fever; the snarling of the lip, the nausea, an ennui so enervating that zapping from Dave TV to a living human channel is almost impossible.

Jerry Lockspeiser

Jerry Lockspeiser: do wine buyers get the suppliers they deserve? Subscription

07 Apr 2014 | By Jerry Lockspeiser

Jerry Lockspeiser, chairman of Off-Piste Wines, discusses the challenges wine buyers may encounter with suppliers and a five point plan on how to get the most out of a supplier relationship.

Tim Atkin

Tim Atkin MW: Why en primeur is not working Subscription

04 Apr 2014 | By Tim Atkin

Tim Atkin MW on why the en primeur system needs urgent reform to not only regain the trust of critics and the trade alike but most importantly keep it relevant and credible to future investors. 

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Is the Institute of Masters of Wine fit for purpose?

20 Jul 2014 | By Stephen Forward

It’s hard to imagine Jancis Robinson doing a stand-up routine at London’s Comedy Store isn't it? Yet, after reading her take on the recent Master of Wine examination papers it would seem to me that she has all the hallmarks of a good humorist.

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Miles Beale

WSTA's Miles Beale gears up for the next battle to cut wine duty

04 Jul 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Fresh from victory in the battle against hiking alcohol duty ever-upwards, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s chief executive is already champing at the bit to secure a fair duty level next time around.

Tesco Wine buyer Laura Jewell MW

Tesco's Laura Jewell MW on what she wants from wine suppliers Subscription

30 May 2014 | By Angela Mount

In the first of a series of buyer-to-buyer interviews, Angela Mount talks to Laura Jewell MW about her role as Tesco’s wine category product development manager and what she is looking for from her suppliers


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