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Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe

Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe on why Cru Bourgeois is a wine brand in its own right

11 Jul 2014 | By Heather Dougherty

The French Appellation Contrôlée system is famously based on guaranteeing the geographical origin of a wine, rather than focusing on the quality of what is actually in the bottle – something that causes a headache for those who are trying to sell French wine and the consumers who wonder what the difference is between a bottle of Bordeaux at £4 and one at £24.

Babich tasting

David Babich on how carefully matched food helps bring his wines alive

10 Jul 2014 | By Douglas Blyde

David Babich, general manager of the family-owned Babich Wines, which reaped its first vintage in Auckland’s Henderson Valley in 1916, along with Dinah Kinnear, sales manager for Europe, introduced their wine range at a special event hosted by UK distributor, PLB, at London’s Underground Cookery School.

The Wine Chambers

The Wine Chambers: bringing quality wine to the north east

10 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Ashcroft

Ben Chambers, owner of The Wine Chambers stores in Tynemouth and North Shields, talks about the difficulty of buying quality wine in the north east, the superiority of bottled-at-source wine and what keeps customers returning.

  • MW Exam

    Is the Institute of Masters of Wine fit for purpose?

    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.

  • Music played here

    Are you hounded by PRS and PPL?

    Stephen Forward reveals his tedious encounters, wrangles, and squabbles with these two beguiling organisations.

  • It may not be trending worldwide but Sherry is now trendy.

    Sherries uprising

  • bernard

    Cahors Malbec Days 2014 Rocks

    Curious about Malbec from Cahors?

  • Attention to detail is essential

    Seven steps to successful sales

    I had one of those surreal dreams the other night that wouldn't be out of place in a Douglas Adams novel, where the whole world was inhabited only by a large population of Life Coaches. Everyone was really well organised, at peace with themselves and with each other, and all living a stress free life in sheer bliss.

  • EW04

    Four key factors that impact retail sales

    I’ve tried many different sales techniques over the years. In fact I’ve tried almost everything from dressing up as an oversized pink flamingo, to standing outside the shop with a large machete in a sadistic pose threatening passersby to “buy my friggin wine or else!” Plus a whole host of other methods in between.

  • Wine Critics at work

    Is being a Wine Critic the most pointless profession in the world?

    The answer is NO, of course it isn't, and to suggest so is frankly preposterous, outrageous, and totally insulting...

  • Off to Cahors for Malbec days

    The traditional basic style was … well, black! And tannic. I am curious to see what, if anything, is being done to soften the tannins apart from cellaring the top quality wines.

  • HALL raises over $180,000 for Napa Valley Charity at #ANV14

    Bulgari jewelry and dinner with Craig and Kathryn Hall make for exciting biding.

  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellar Raises Over $60,000 For Napa Valley Charaties

    It's such a small world -- just a few weeks ago at the Master of Wine Symposium in Florence I was invited for this fabulous dinner at the new 26,000 square meter winery in the heart of the Antinori empire, which contains a cellar for five million bottles, the new offices, a wine shop, a museum, a conference hall, and a restaurant. There, Albiera Antinori and Marco Casamonti, the winery’s architect, spoke about the creative and practical journey that culminated in the opening of this incredible .

  • RAYMOND VINEYARDS’ LIVE LOT AT 2014 AUCTION NAPA VALLEY RAISES $840,000 FOR THE NAPA VALLEY COMMUNITY

    Add a summaryHollywood Glamour, including a private, VIP table at the Weinstein Company’s Oscars weekend parties, private jet transportation, a red carpet premiere of new Weinstein Company film, evening gown and tuxedo appropriate for the festivities, and a collection of rare Raymond wines, including a 9L bottle of Raymond Generations signed by the cast of a Weinstein Company film.

  • Rioja Tapas Fantasticas

    Wine and tapas anyone?

    This weekend I’m off to Rioja Tapas Fantasticas in London, an annual event to promote Rioja wine and food. I seldom get the chance to go out these days, but I have been granted rite of passage by my dear wife as long as I am on my best behaviour and as long as she gets a ticket too.

  • St. Supery Estate Vineyards Raises $120,000 for Napa Valley Charity during #ANV14

    Napa Valley has a Mediterranean climate that generally provides warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. It’s an ideal environment for growing wine grapes. The warmer weather allows our grapes a longer hang time in the Napa Valley sunshine, which leads to riper grapes and higher alcohol. Our goal is to always make a beautifully balanced wine. If the wine is balanced, the alcohol should be irrelevant.

  • Party and  Wine

    Fruit wines: Gateway Drug or Back Exit shove?

    Selling wine to the party crowd

  • Is this a thing of the past

    Why has it taken so long to solve the cork taint problem?

    You know you’re slowly turning into a sad old buffer when you start getting excited about advancements in Cork Technology.

  • #ANV14: Private Dinner at Vineyard 7 & 8

    We were guests at this very intimate dinner party for just 20 guests in honor of the 34th annual Napa Valley wine auction. It was a great opportunity to meet the owners, Mr. & Mrs. Steffens of New York, as well as Wesley who lives here in Napa with his wife Jessica and oversees operations. The curious name of the winery is associated with the birthdays of Wesley and his father.

  • #ANV14: Napa Valley Auction Kicks Off: Wines of Pritchard Hill

    Bob Long, proprietor of Montagna, was hosting the Thursday June 5th #ANV14 event auction event titled “An Evening on Pritchard Hill at Montagna Napa Valley” which featured the proprietors and/or winemakers of other Pritchard Hill regions wineries including BRAND Napa Valley, Chappellet, Continuum, and David Arthur Vineyards.

  • Wine, investment or speculation?

    Wine Investors, how about some fishing?

    I had some fun this week baiting the wine investment community, an activity that always seems to brighten up my otherwise dull week -- in fact, I am hoping one day it becomes an Olympic sport! Another poor unsuspecting sole with undeclared vested interests in selling wine investment took the bait -- hook, line and sinker!

  • Montecucco: The New Face of Italy

    So right now I have a secret to reveal – Montecucco is one of the newest DOCG regions in Tuscany, valued for the excellence of its Sangiovese (any wine carrying the DOCG designation must be at least 90% Sangiovese and also aged in oak one year and six months in bottle).

  • Meeting Simone Toninelli of Amiata winery in Montecucco

    First off, it was so much fun to meet Simone Toninelli - a really energetic guy who started off in life as a lawyer, and with his father bought a gorgeous piece of mountainside land right under an extinct volcano!

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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.

Dr. Frank Ward head of WIRSPA

The rum doctor: Dr Frank Ward of WIRSPA

04 Jul 2014 | By Erin Smith

Harpers.co.uk caught up with Dr. Frank Ward of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association (WIRSPA) to find out what the association is currently doing to raise the profile of Caribbean rum in the UK.

Beermoth team

Beermoth looks to bring US style beer retailing to Manchester

03 Jul 2014 | By Nigel Huddleston

Specialist beer shops have joined the 21st century, among them Beermoth, in central Manchester’s hip northern quarter, and set up by Scot Davies, a former manager at the city’s The Knott bar, and American Jeremy Stull, who worked at the esteemed Port Street Beer house.

Christian Seely

Christian Seely shows the quality of the Douro with a vertical tasting of Quinta do Noval

02 Jul 2014 | By Geoffrey Dean

Christian Seely’s contention that the Quinta do Noval vineyards are producing outstanding dry red table wines was vindicated at a mid-summer vertical tasting in London. The flamboyant, bow-tie- wearing managing director of the leading port house has always believed that unfortified wines from the Douro had the potential to express Noval’s terroir. A look at the estate’s three dry reds - Quinta do Noval Douro DOC,  Cedro do Noval and Quinta do Noval Touriga Nacional - between the period ...

Oliver Hilton-Johnson

Tengu Sake's Oliver Hilton-Johnson on driving sake sales in the UK

27 Jun 2014 | By Anna Greenhous

Anna Greenhous talks to Oliver Hilton-Johnson of Tengu Sake, shortlisted for the International Wine Challenge ‘Innovator of the Year’ 2014 award, about how he’s made sake more accessible and the growing interest in sake in the UK.

Louis Latour Agencies is keeping its eyes peeled for Champagne

Will Oatley of Louis Latour Agencies on poor harvests and on-trade trends Subscription

26 Jun 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Will Oatley, managing director of Louis Latour Agencies, talks the on-trade, poor Burgundy harvests and  putting the spotlight on Champagne.

Miguel Smith Mount Gay rum

Miguel Smith on why life is so much better with a Mount Gay rum in your hand

20 Jun 2014 | By Douglas Blyde

Douglas Blyde meets the UK and international brand ambassador for Mount Gay rum who oversees the brand’s maturation facility in Barbados’ parish of St Lucy. Miguel Smith joined the business in 1991, and was instrumental in the development of the award-winning Extra Old blend.

Auction Napa Valley

Linda Reiff and Patsy McGaughy on raising big money for Napa Valley

18 Jun 2014 | By Katherine Canfield

  Katherine Canfield catches up with Linda Reiff,  president and chief executive, and Patsy McGaughy, communications director of Napa Valley Vintners,  following this month’s Napa Valley Auction to look at what impact the event has on this key wine growing region.

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