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The Collector: homemade vermouth using foraged ingredients

Frustrated restaurateurs create homemade vermouth for own Ethicurean site and independents

21 Nov 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Frustrated that they could not find a vermouth good enough to serve in their Bristol restaurant, the team behind the Ethicurean restaurant in Wrington, Bristol, decided to go and make their own.

France Summit

France Summit video: UK trade figures on how to get the most out of French wine Video

20 Nov 2014 | By Richard Siddle

The chance to understand the France wine category better, hear the views of leading UK buyers, distributors and retailers and meet like-minded people in the trade were some of the key reasons given by visitors  who attended last month’s Harpers France Summit.  

On-trade

M&B

Mitchells & Butlers profit down as revenues grow

25 Nov 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Pub and bar operator Mitchells & Butlers, owner of the All Bar One and Browns venues, has seen revenues grow by 4% to £1.9 billion, while profits before tax fell by 13% to £123 million.

British pub

Wine suppliers say scrapping beer tie will have limited effect on wine

24 Nov 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Wine suppliers say the vote to break the beer tie will have a limited effect on wine sales – while it may open up the market, most leaseholders are already free to buy wine from a supplier of their choice.

Producers

Cape Wine Auction founder Mike Ratcliffe at the inaugural event

Cape Wine Auction hopes to raise thousands more for education in South Afrrica's winelands

24 Nov 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Plans are in place for the second AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction which hopes to raise millions of rand to help fund education in the winelands of South Africa.

Torres' headquarters in Penedes attracts thousands of visitors a year

Geoffrey Dean on how wine tourism has taken off in Catalonia

24 Nov 2014 | By Geoffrey Dean

If New World countries were the forerunners in promoting wine tourism, it has taken some Old World heavyweights much longer to embrace the concept. Spain was slow off the mark, notably Catalonia, but from a standing start 10 years ago, the Catalans have finally woken up to the value of wine tourists. And the punters are coming in big numbers - an estimated 750,000 a year, with Torres’ Penedes headquarters alone attracting 120,000 visitors.

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Retailers

The strengthening of the UK economy could benefit wine and spirits sales in 2014

Online festive shopping major opportunity for retailers, says Euromonitor

25 Nov 2014 | By Erin Smith

Online shopping will rise globally and within Europe as consumers look for better deals online in the run-up to Christmas, but firms should ensure their sites are easy to navigate, mobile-friendly and have attractive delivery options, says market research firm Euromonitor.

Last Christmas saw sales of sparkling wine enjoy healthy growth

Buck’s Fizz is UK’s favourite festive tipple, says Waitrose survey

25 Nov 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Buck’s Fizz, Irish coffee and mulled wine top the list of Britons’ favourite festive cocktails, according to a survey of 1,000 people for Waitrose Cellar.

Sommeliers

Wine Vision 2014

Chance for "Harpers Rising Stars" to win a grant for Wine Vision

30 Sep 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Harpers is giving talented, rising stars in the global wine industry the chance to take part in this November’s Wine Vision conference by applying for a special Harpers grant.

Danilo Zilli, head Sommelier at Noviko

Danilo Zilli, head sommellier at Novikov, talks about how he fell in love with wine

22 Sep 2014

Danilo Zilli, talks to Harpers.co.uk about the how he fell in love with wine.  Like any relationship, it has its up and downs, but being head sommellier at Novikov offers Zilli a great perk- the opportunity to taste some amazing wines.

Suppliers

Denis O’Flynn

Supermarket and supplier relations at a “crossroads” warns Pernod Ricard UK chief

24 Nov 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Relationships between major supermakets and their suppliers are now at a “crossroads” according to Denis O’Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, and we should expect tighter regulations to bring more control over the sector.

Jon Pepper

Buckingham Schenk MD Jon Pepper joins Enotria

24 Nov 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Jon Pepper MW, managing director at Buckingham Schenk, is leaving the firm to become buying and retail director at Enotria.

IGD Poll 2014

Discounters are most "disruptive" force in retailing in 20 years say grocery and drinks chiefs

09 Oct 2014 | By Fiona Briggs

A poll of top-level food, drink and grocery executives at this week’s IGD Convention reveals the rise of the discounters is the most “disruptive” influence on the grocery sector in the last 20 years.  

Champagne & Sparkling wine

Christmas part 2: Key players weigh up the role of sparkling wines as the festive season approaches Subscription

07 Oct 2014 | By Helen Arnold

The festive season is still the key trading period for sparkling wines. What do producers, brand owners, multiples and merchants expect from sparkling wines this year?

Pop the bubbles in time for Christmas

Christmas Part 1: How bubbles are trending in the lead up to Christmas Subscription

06 Oct 2014 | By Helen Arnold

A celebration is nothing without a bottle of bubbly and Christmas is no exception. In the UK Prosecco and Cava remain strong, as consumers favour other sparklers over costly Champagne.

Nemea plays host to a three day exploration of Greek wine

Why Greek wine deserves to be taken seriously

14 Nov 2014 | By Panos Kakaviatos

Greece recently celebrated its “Ohi Day” (“No” day) on October 28 to mark the time when in 1940 the then Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, rejected Benito Mussolini’s ultimatum to march troops through Greece. In 2014, much is being said about how Greeks need to say “no” to corruption, which has contributed to the country’s on-going economic crisis.

DWCC 2014 keynote address

DWCC 2014: why everyone in wine needs to know how to communicate effectively Subscription

12 Nov 2014 | By Richard Siddle, Erin Smith

The annual DWCC event is no longer just for bloggers, but has become essential for anyone involved in wine communications. When it comes to communications we really are all in it together, summed up Jancis Robinson MW after three days of the seventh annual Digital Wine Communications Conference in Montreux, Switzerland.

Kingsland

Kingland's journey from a contract packer to full-service wine supplier Subscription

12 Nov 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

In recent years Kingsland has grown from a contract packer into a full-service wine supplier and its worked hard in last 20 years to reposition itself.

Digital edition

Bamberg has a great array of beer and bar offer

Glynn Davis on what we can learn - and ignore - from classic German beer halls

25 Nov 2014 | By Glynn Davis

If a world beer tour existed then Bamberg, in Germany’s Franconia region, would be included on the itinerary. This modestly sized town is not only a UNESCO world heritage site but it also has one of the highest concentrations of breweries in the world.

Idyllic beaches in Canterbury, New Zealand

Roger Jones adds a Canterbury tale to his tour of New Zealand

24 Nov 2014 | By Roger Jones

The car journey from Blenheim Airport to Waipara is one of the most beautiful drives you could envisage, with a wild coastline that is picture perfect.

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