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Stephen Browett

Farr Vintners buys Magnum Fine Wines

20 Aug 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Farr Vintners has bought Magnum Fine Wines for an undisclosed sum as owner Alan Rayne has retired from the wine trade.

Richard Hitchcock

Bottle Green's on-trade arm toasts busiest month to date

18 Aug 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Bottle Green Wines’ sales have risen 15% year-on-year to July, as the company took the biggest ever number of orders from the on-trade to date.

On-trade

Kevin Bishop's new one man show

TV comic Kevin Bishop to star in one man warts and all new restaurant show

20 Aug 2014 | By Claret Pimpernel

Fed up reading about all those great comics, plays and turns at this year’s Edinburgh Festival when you live miles away and have no chance of seeing them?

Alliance Wine

Alliance Wine adds Celler del Roure to wine list

18 Aug 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Alliance Wine has boosted its Spanish portfolio with the addition of boutique Valencian producer Celler del Roure.

Producers

Harpers Global Design Awards

Final, final call for Harpers Global Design award entries

21 Aug 2014 | By Richard Siddle

OK it’s nearly time to put down those pens, stop writing and hand your forms in to the teacher. Yes, tomorrow marks the closing date for entries to Harpers Global Design awards which hope to reward and highlight the best drinks labels and bottles on sale around the world.

Justin Howard-Sneyd

Justin Howard-Sneyd starts wine club for Domaine of the Bee estate

20 Aug 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is following in the footsteps of boss Tony Laithwaite by starting a wine club for sales from his Languedoc estate Domaine of the Bee.

Retailers

Diageo

Diageo ‘disappointed’ over Portman Group decision on Mix It Up Tonight promotion

21 Aug 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Diageo has said it is ‘disappointed’ over a decision that its Mix it Up Tonight counter-top display unit breached marketing rules by encouraging irresponsible impulse purchases.  

Tussock Jumper

Tussock Jumper wine brand finally arrives in UK thanks to Amazon

21 Aug 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Tussock Jumper – a 2 million bottle selling wine brand internationally – has eventually arrived in the UK via Amazon after finding the market’s ‘gatekeepers’ difficult to bypass.  

Sommeliers

Tom Conran's new pop-up

Tom Conran to open a 12-month pop-up in Notting Hill

15 Aug 2014 | By Richard Siddle

    Tom Conran  is opening up a 12-month pop-up restaurant in London’s Notting Hill on the former site of his Tom’s Deli.

Suppliers

Harpers Global Design Awards

Final, final call for Harpers Global Design award entries

21 Aug 2014 | By Richard Siddle

OK it’s nearly time to put down those pens, stop writing and hand your forms in to the teacher. Yes, tomorrow marks the closing date for entries to Harpers Global Design awards which hope to reward and highlight the best drinks labels and bottles on sale around the world.

Stephen Browett

Farr Vintners buys Magnum Fine Wines

20 Aug 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Farr Vintners has bought Magnum Fine Wines for an undisclosed sum as owner Alan Rayne has retired from the wine trade.

Own label wines have appeal to the on-trade

Own-label wine is not just for major multiples any longer Subscription

12 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Catchpole

Own-label and private-label wines are no longer the preserve of the major multiples, but what is the attraction for independent merchants and restaurants alike?

Emerging wine regions in Central and Eastern Europe

Caroline Gilby MW explores Central and Eastern European wines Subscription

12 Aug 2014 | By Caroline Gilby MW

Caroline Gilby MW analyses why the wines and key growing regions of  Central and Eastern Europe are finally taking  their place on the world wine stage.

Young people want more wine promotions in the on-trade

On-trade losing thousands of pounds in wine sales says new Harpers consumer report

08 Aug 2014 | By Richard Siddle

  The UK on-trade is potentially losing out on thousands of pounds of trade a day because of its inability to sell wine effectively, according to a new exclusive report publsihed today by Harpers Wine & Spirit.  

South Africa's fluctuating exchange rates

The Smith Report: Exchange rate is it a friend or foe? Subscription

11 Aug 2014 | By Erin Smith

The Smith Report takes a look at the opportunities for wine producers in South Africa, where its currency exchange has proven to be both its best friend and its worst enemy.

Yakata Group

Bulgaria's Yakata group strives to change the country's wine image Subscription

11 Aug 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Bulgaria is looking to promote itself as a very different kind of wine-producing country than it was 30 years ago and it seems to be attracting the right level of investment and interest to potentially change its image in the UK wine trade.

Cape Legends' Plaisir del Merle

Cape Legends is pushing the premium wine boundaries in South Africa Subscription

11 Aug 2014 | By Erin Smith

South Africa’s wine industry is changing and the premium wine segment is no exception. Harpers.co.uk talks to the leaders who are pushing the boundaries of Distell’s premium wine portfolio, Cape Legends.

Digital edition

Mike Paul

Mike Paul: why wine producers that see themselves as brands hold all the power

15 Aug 2014 | By Mike Paul

A recurring theme of most marketing orientated articles in Harpers is the need for wine producers to develop, and then promote effectively, their individuality: to communicate to  the trade and the consumer, hopefully in an inspiring way, what makes them special and  separates them from their competition.

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Is there a more beautiful wine region than Provence?

Justin Keay discovers what it is like to be a wine tourist in Provence

15 Aug 2014 | By Justin Keay

Why is Provence wine – and in particular its pink or gris wines - the marmite of the wine world? I kept asking myself this question as I drove around the almost absurdly pictureseque wine region around Bormes Les Mimosas and Le Lavandou, dodging scantily dressed tourists with surely very different things on their minds.

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