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Sophia Warner, co-founder, Pebbles Project

Sophia Warner of the Pebbles Projects talks about 10 years of changing lives in South Africa's winelands

05 Dec 2014

As the Pebbles Project celebrates its 10th year, co-founder Sophia Warner explains how the trade has helped provide support and education to children in South Africa’s winelands and what a difference it makes.

The Spirit Cartel brand map

Spirit Cartel drives growth through its premium range of spirits for the on-trade Subscription

05 Dec 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Too often the world of high-end spirits can be a very grown-up affair, but not at Spirit Cartel, which is having great fun making a name for itself with an award-winning range of premium spirits.

Vino Wines, Edinburgh

Vino Wines is gaining ground in Edinburgh Subscription

05 Dec 2014 | By Helen Arnold

Quality wines combined with the canny idea to sell premium ready-meals is making Vino a destination wine store in Scotland.

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

    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

    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 .

  • Interview with Ze'ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery

    Interview with Ze'ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery, Judea Hills

  • The Hunted

    Stephen Forward: drinks industry under attack!

    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.

  • What's a hundred grand anyway?

    Whatever happened to common sense?

    We've all heard the term “more money than sense”, haven’t we? Well, recently I was offered a case of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 2011, at a mere £100,000 per dozen.

  • Piper-Heidsieck Chef de Caves Régis Camus’ 20th anniversary

    Mr. Camus joined Piper Heidsieck in 1994, quickly proving himself a master blender and taking an interest in every aspect of winemaking. "Style and quality are the result of many subjective decisions taken throughout the process as a whole, from harvesting right through to shipping. Therefore, one must be mult-italented, know what one wants and accept no compromise whatsoever as far as quality is concerned."

  • Wine Investment

    It’s time wine investment was confined to the history books

    This year has seen a string of investment companies go to the wall. Misguided speculators are learning the hard way that the whole concept of wine as an investment class asset is little more than fool’s gold.

  • Add Value

    Add value to the supply chain, or move over!

    Little did I know back then, over forty years ago when I was just knee high to a grasshopper, how important my hobby was to the retail supply chain.

  • The Bay at night

    A Tasting of BA's Club World Wines

    Wine tasting of BA's club class wines on a flight to and from San Francisco recently. The wine was good, the company fantastic, and the beds magnificent. Try it!

  • Pairing Madeira Wine with Fine Cuisine

    The evening offered a number of delightful surprises, showcasing how well Madeira can be paired with cuisine. For example, the foie gras pictured above was paired with not one but two wines, Hendriques & Hendriques 15 Anos (years) Verdelho, a drier style, as well as the sweeter Blandy's Malmsey 10 Anos. At the end of the pairing, Rui asked the group what they preferred, and most preferred the drier Verdelho yet it was a fun experiment.

  • POP

    Protect your gross margin from surprise supplier price hikes

    It‘s an all too familiar problem Indies face. You sell out of wine, so you phone or email your supplier to order some more. The wine arrives from bond, DPD. You unpack the boxes and place the bottles on your shelves. Low and behold, within a few days you've sold the bulk of the wine you've just received. You’re a happy little wine merchant! At least you are for now.

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    Meeting Cristobal Undurraga of Chile's Vina Koyle

    At first handshake, Cristobal is very friendly, forthcoming, and extremely creative when it comes to his stories about how he grows, blends, and matures wine on the 1,000 hectare estate, with just 120 ha suitable for planting.

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    Visit to Monte Bello with the Legendary Paul Draper

    A visit to California to stay with friends in Santa Clara, just south of San Francisco, started with the principle that this was a wine drinking, not wine tasting trip. No vineyard visits, just barbecues, some sightseeing, and a bit of healthy imbibing. So of course, when we realised that our friends lived about 20 minutes away from Ridge Vineyards, we called and made an appointment straight away. For my sins, I worked for Steven Spurrier in the early 80s while his wine ‘empire’ was still ...

  • Stop Duty Now

    What are the chances of a pre-election duty cut?

    News emerged this week that the Wine & Spirit Trade Association wants the industry to push for a cut of up to 2% in duty ahead of the pre-election budget.

  • Union Jack

    Will the Scottish entrepreneurial spirit be the breakup of the Union?

    This week saw the Yes campaign edge ahead in the latest “serious” opinion poll. As an Englishman with no connections to Scotland, this is indeed cause for cheer.

  • Partnership

    How the wrong business partner can seriously damage your wealth?

    A few years ago I entered into a legally binding agreement with a new business partner, although it seems I wasn't really paying too much attention at the time.

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    There’s more to wine and music pairing than I first thought

    In a previous blog I was mocking the idea of music and wine pairing by suggesting that to do so is bordering on the moronic. How wrong I was!

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    Scotland votes, but why should anyone care about the result?

    There was yet another story on OLN this week banging on about the devastating effects that an independent Scotland would have on the drinks industry both sides of the border. Countless articles have appeared in Harpers over recent weeks too, not to mention the main street press. Why should anyone care?

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    Oaked Sauvignons from around the World

    A blind tasting of oaked Sauvignons from around the world on the 3rd July at London Cru, organised by Jean-Christophe Mau and Richard Bampfield MW was a welcome opportunity to revisit West London’s ‘flavour of the month’ venue, as well, of course, to taste an interesting and perhaps overlooked category. Richard’s invitation proposed that: “ as Sauvignon Blanc is so ubiquitous and producers will need to work harder to add value and create their points of difference in future, the use of ...

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    Twenty-five years of Australian Sauvignon Blanc with Shaw + Smith

    Following this year’s win of three trophies including Best Australian Red at the International Wine Challenge for Shaw + Smith 2012 Shiraz, the team are celebrating their 25th Sauvignon Blanc vintage release.

More people news

British and fun is at the heart of the Shack Revolution

Brothers James and Richard Manning are doing their bit to shake up juice bars

03 Dec 2014 | By Bernadette Costello

Brothers James and Richard Manning started out in the industry selling fresh British juices made at their Herefordshire farm. Little did they know that their old wooden apple crates would transform their business, says Bernadette Costello, and they are now looking to work with wine and spirits brands.   

Stuart Hendry

Glengoyne's Stuart Hendry: 'We're still selling too much whisky'

02 Dec 2014 | By Geoffrey Dean

Stuart Hendry, brand heritage and commercial director for Glengoyne Distillery near Glasgow, talks Scotch whisky’s enduring popularity, barrel prices, slow distillation and long-term plans with Geoffrey Dean

Casa Silva

My Choice: Mario Pablo Silva of Chile's Casa Silva

26 Nov 2014

Mario  Pablo managing director of Chile’s Casa Silva shares his likes for wines and spirits and why an Oxford pub is his favourite bar in the world.

Dia Simms

Dia Simms, the woman behind P Diddy's drinks ventures, on why their spirits mean business Subscription

21 Nov 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Starting off as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs personal chief of staff, Dia Simms is now the executive vice president of Ciroc Vodka & Innovations, at the newly-formed Combs Wine & Spirits.Gemma McKenna catches up with Simms and finds out what the pair have planned for the expansion of the drinks empire.

Foncalieu's Isabelle Pangault

Isabelle Pangault, Foncalieu' s new winemaker, on opportunities for Languedoc-Rousssillon Subscription

18 Nov 2014 | By Geoffrey Dean

Geoffrey Dean talks to Isabelle Pangault, winemaker and brand ambassador for Foncalieu, the leading Languedoc-Roussillon co-operative:    

The drinking caught John Coe's attention as much as the gambling

My Choice: John Coe of Coe Vintners on Ronnie Scotts, The Sting and tequila

14 Nov 2014

We asked John Coe, chairman of Coe Vintners, for his favourite things when it comes to wine, food, restaurants and bars and who he would like to share them with.

Roland Masse's last Hospice de Beaune as manager of the domain

Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse reflects on his last year as manager of Hospice de Beaune Subscription

14 Nov 2014 | By Panos Kakaviatos

The winemaker and manager of Domaine des Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, Roland Masse, 61, will complete his 15th and final vintage for the annual Hospices de Beaune auction this coming Sunday. Here he reflects on his career before handing over responsiblity to Ludivine Griveau who will become the first woman to manage the domain from January.

Advertising legend: Sir John Hegarty

Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty on what it is really like to be a winemaker Subscription

11 Nov 2014 | By Douglas Blyde

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering his high standing in the world of advertising, and the vociferous views on wine marketing which he expressed in last month’s Harper’s, Sir John Hegarty intends his 37 acre vineyard, located amid woodland and spontaneously sprouting herbs by Minervois’ Montaigne Noire, to be a brave venture.

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