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Anna and Wilson Thorburn owner of Domaine l'Ancienne Ecole

Anna Thorburn of Domaine l’Ancienne Ecole on leaving law to make wine in the Côtes du Rhône

22 Jul 2014 | By Erin Smith

Anna Thorburn talks with harpers.co.uk about embarking on every winelover’s dream- chucking it all to move to France and starting a winery.  She imparts her experience and the lessons learned about the joys and hard work it takes to make such a dream a reality.

Imogen Taylor at the Greyhound at the Test

Imogen Taylor on "exciting" white South African wines and making it as a young sommelier

18 Jul 2014 | By Douglas Blyde

Douglas Blyde talks to the 22 year-old sommelier of Greyhound at The Test in Stockbridge who says it was not her father of Stone Vine & Sun fame that inspired her to take up a career in wine, but getting her hands dirty out in wineries around the world instead.    

John Williams at Frog's Leap

John Williams at Frog's Leap on the changing face of Californian winemaking

14 Jul 2014 | By Katherine Canfield

Reflecting on the recent period of uncertainty for this year’s vintage in Napa Valley as a result of drought conditions in California, Katherine Canfield catches up with Frog’s Leap winemaker, John Williams, in Rutherford to discuss how approaches to winemaking in the region are changing.

  • Scooby-Doo Wine Critic

    Would you care for some Jimi Hendrix with your glass Sir?

    As if the wine trade wasn't already overloaded with BS, it seems the latest fad is wine and music paring.

  • Skouras

    Taste test: Skouras Saint George (Aghiorghitiko), Nemea 2011

    An elegant red from Greece which hints at better things to come

  • The most beautiful vineyard landscape: Braune Kupp at the Mosel


    A short yet intense 2-day trip to the Mosel proved very fruitful, hard work for the legs and overall a rather holy experience. Her Egon Muller may have just re-baptised me and a whole bunch of other avid wine lovers into the divine glories of Riesling.

  • 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 .


    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.

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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.

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.

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