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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.

France Summit

Shortlist for Harpers France Wine Awards announced

26 Sep 2014 | By Richard Siddle

The shortlist for the 2014 Harpers French Wine Awards are released today with the likes of Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, The Sampler, Daniel Lambert, Tim Atkin MW and Gerrard Basset MW MS fighting it out for the main awards.

On-trade

Anthony Rose shines the spotlight on his favourite UK tapas bars

Anthony Rose on the story behind his new Tapas Bar Guide

30 Sep 2014

I met Isabel Cuevas seven years ago in Yamanashi, Japan’s wine country, as you do. We got on like the proverbial house on fire and we kept in touch when she moved to England to join her husband-to-be, both, incidentally from the rural Spanish wilds of Extremadura. Thanks to her natural affinity for Spanish food and gastronomy and my love of Spanish wine, it took us no longer than you can say croqueta to decide that we should collaborate on a guide to tapas bars in the UK. Of ...

Camra's new CEO Tim Page

Campaign for Real Ale appoints Tim Page as new chief executive

29 Sep 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

The Campaign for Real Ale has appointed charity veteran Tim Page as its new chief executive.

Producers

Getting behind Grosse Gewächse

German specialists, ABS Wine Agencies and Howard Ripley, on promoting Grosse Gewächse

01 Oct 2014 | By Anne Krebiehl MW

The annual release of the Grosse Gewächse in September is a firm feature in the German wine calendar. Slowly, this important release date is also gaining UK currency. Grosse Gewächse are dry single-vineyard wines produced to a strict quality code by VDP members (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter). The VDP is Germany’s largest and most important grouping of quality producers whose private vineyard classification recognises exceptional, historic single sites as Grosse Lagen.

Marlborough vines

Buyers should beware of storm damage when sourcing New Zealand’s 2014 wines

30 Sep 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

New Zealand’s 2014 vintage resulted from “near perfect” conditions, but winemakers have warned buyers to take care as some Marlborough estates battled to harvest before Cyclone Ita hit.   

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Retailers

Samantha Cross besomes I Heart Wines' brand manager

Copestick Murray appoints Samantha Cross as I Heart Wines brand manager

01 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Copestick Murray has appointed Samantha Cross as brand manager for its I Heart range of wines, following the departure of Rachel Archer, who moved to Off Piste Wines in June.

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury's swtiches benchmarking pricing from Tesco to Asda in new mid-low pricing strategy

01 Oct 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Sainsbury’s is to start comparing and benchmarking its pricing levels against Asda rather than Tesco as it looks to switch to a new mid-low pricing strategy following a fall in sales for the third quarter in a row.

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

Samantha Cross besomes I Heart Wines' brand manager

Copestick Murray appoints Samantha Cross as I Heart Wines brand manager

01 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Copestick Murray has appointed Samantha Cross as brand manager for its I Heart range of wines, following the departure of Rachel Archer, who moved to Off Piste Wines in June.

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury's swtiches benchmarking pricing from Tesco to Asda in new mid-low pricing strategy

01 Oct 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Sainsbury’s is to start comparing and benchmarking its pricing levels against Asda rather than Tesco as it looks to switch to a new mid-low pricing strategy following a fall in sales for the third quarter in a row.

Low alcohol

Low alcohol wines dogged by lack of awareness and poor quality perceptions

22 Sep 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

France and the USA are the most attractive markets for lower alcohol wines, although others show great potential, says a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Direct Wines inforgraphic

South American online focus: what are wine consumers looking for online? Subscription

15 Sep 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Harpers has linked up with WinesDirect.co.uk to find out who’s drinking what in the South American category and what makes consumers tick

Inforgraphic: Chile

How Chile can use its mainstream appeal to grow share of premium wines Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Gemma McKenna reports on why Chilean winemakers are shifting focus to a more premium offering

Global harvest report from Ciatti

Global wine harvest predictions released by Ciatti

16 Sep 2014 | By Richard Siddle

The overall European wine harvest for 2014 looks like being down on last year, according to the latest report from Ciatti, the global grape broking business, but France is set to return to its position as the biggest wine supplier in the world.

Mendoza: the heartland of the Argentinian wine industry

Argentina bucks economic difficulties to compete on international stage Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Erin Smith

Despite the domestic economic challenges Argentinian producers are facing, UK consumers still can’t get enough of their wines. Ahead of the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting Erin Smith analyses the category

Ayo Akintola; the man leading Oddbins' revival

How Oddbins has defied its critics to bounce back to winning ways Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

In three years Oddbins has risen from death’s door to win IWC High Street Retailer of the Year. Gemma McKenna meets Ayo Akintola, its Renaissance Man

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Digital edition

Anthony Rose shines the spotlight on his favourite UK tapas bars

Anthony Rose on the story behind his new Tapas Bar Guide

30 Sep 2014

I met Isabel Cuevas seven years ago in Yamanashi, Japan’s wine country, as you do. We got on like the proverbial house on fire and we kept in touch when she moved to England to join her husband-to-be, both, incidentally from the rural Spanish wilds of Extremadura. Thanks to her natural affinity for Spanish food and gastronomy and my love of Spanish wine, it took us no longer than you can say croqueta to decide that we should collaborate on a guide to tapas bars in the UK. Of ...

Jochen Erler looks at South Africa

Jochen Erler goes behind the scenes at South Africa's Michelangelo Wine Awards

29 Sep 2014 | By Jochen Erler

The International Michelangelo Wine Awards in Stellenbosch, South Africa, can be considered a truly international contest because only international wine experts are invited for judging.  It is also the only international wine and brandy contest held in South Africa.

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