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New Downton Abbey cast

Meet Downton Abbey's new cast

24 Jul 2014 | By Claret Pimpernel

Move over Hugh Bonneville, Downtown Abbey has a new cast.

Katie Jones

Katie Jones recovers from last year's destroyed vintage to release new 2013 wine

24 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Katie Jones, the English winemaker based in the Languedoc in France, who saw last year’s vintage destroyed by vandals, has successfully released her new 2013 wine which is now available in the UK.

On-trade

Christine Parkinson

Hakkasan teams up with WSET to provide first dedicated sake training course

24 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

An increasing demand for sake amongst UK consumers is not being met by the trade, according to Christine Parkinson, head wine buyer at the Hakkasan restaurant group, which has recently put the sommeliers in its London branches through a new WSETdedicated sake course.

Action Against Hunger cycle challenge

Top chefs team up for Indian cycling challenge to raise money for Action Against Hunger

23 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Leading chefs and members of the drinks and hospitality  industries are to cycle across 400 kilometres of Rajasthan in India to help raise money for Action Against Hunger.

Producers

Bisol

Prosecco producer Bisol reveals plans to launch new Venetian wine

24 Jul 2014 | By James Lawrence

Bisol, the leading Italian Prosecoo producer, is to release a Venissa red in 2014, accroding to Matteo Bisol, the director of the family’s Venissa tourism project on the Venetian island of Mazzorbo.

Lavaux

Geoffrey Dean is blown away by beauty and quality of Switzerland's Lavaux wine region

24 Jul 2014 | By Geoffrey Dean

When Patrick Fonjallaz’s grandfather bought a 32,000-litre foudre at the Geneva Exposition of 1897, he got home to find it was too big to fit into his cellar on the northern shore of Lake Geneva. So he built another one, where the magnificently ornate foudre is still housed. It is not used for wine maturation any more, but stands sentinel-like in the winery, a reminder of the canton of Vaud’s distinguished winemaking history.

Retailers

Consumers

CBI reports strong and growing retail sales figures

24 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Further signs the economy is recovering come today with the latest CBI retail figures that show volumes have grown solidly in the year to July and that retailers expect future sales to be even stronger through the summer.

Japan: Koshu wine region

Marks & Spencer's Japanese wine is going down well with shoppers

23 Jul 2014 | By Tara Craig

The first Japanese wine to be listed by a UK supermarket has proved popular with shoppers at larger Marks & Spencer (M&S) stores. Sol Lucet Koshu was launched in May in limited quantities, retails at £12.99 for 750ml, and has an abv of 11.5%. Sales have been ‘really good’, M&S told Harpers.

Sommeliers

Skye Gyngell

Skye Gyngell to open first standalone restaurant at Somerset House

22 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Skye Gyngell, who made her name at the Petersham Nurseries Café, is to open her first solo venture,Spring, at Somerset House in London in October.

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.    

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Suppliers

Consumers

CBI reports strong and growing retail sales figures

24 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Further signs the economy is recovering come today with the latest CBI retail figures that show volumes have grown solidly in the year to July and that retailers expect future sales to be even stronger through the summer.

Captain Morgan

Diageo’s Captain Morgan advert once again banned by the ASA Video

23 Jul 2014 | By Erin Smith

Diageo, for the second time this year, has had a Captain Morgan advert banned by the Advetising Standards Authority (ASA) for a Facebook adve which stated that alcohol could combat boredom.

Low Alcohol Wine Report

Harpers Low-Alcohol Wine Report: Subscribers download here Subscription

09 Jul 2014

Try as it might, the UK wine trade has yet to crack the low-alcohol wine category, according to a new Harpers report published today.

Low Alcohol Wine Report

Retailers and suppliers yet to crack low-alcohol wine, says Harpers report

09 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Try as it might, the UK wine trade has yet to crack the low-alcohol wine category, according to a new Harpers report published today.

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HD&I

Demystifying the consumer: The UK Off-Trade Still Wine Market By Rob Walker, Harpers Data & Insights (HD&I)

30 May 2014 | By Subscriptions

Harpers exclusive national headline making report in to the drinking habits of over 1,000 consumers is now available to buy. The Demystifying the Consumer: UK Off-Trade Still Wine Market report breaks down the UK wine drinking consumer like never before by analysing every age group in each region of the country. It provides must have original consumer research vital in understanding their needs in the UK off-trade.  

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

Euromonitor: "UK will be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014"

10 Jul 2014 | By Erin Smith

It’s good news for the wine and spirits trade as the UK is set to be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014, according to Euromonitor’s mid-year global economy update, which should boost consumer spending.

An indepth look at Italy's vartietals

Are classic Italian wines making a comeback?

08 Jul 2014 | By Anne Krebiehl

Many believe that classic Italian styles are poised for a major comeback, but could they be obscuring the depth and breadth of Italian wine?

Independent Crew

Independents put their foot down and demand more from major suppliers

04 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Serious about working with leading independent wine merchants? Then this is a must read for you. Members of Harpers Independent Wine Crew set out what it is they like and don’t like from the major wine distributors. Richard Siddle and Erin Smith report

Digital edition

Lavaux

Geoffrey Dean is blown away by beauty and quality of Switzerland's Lavaux wine region

24 Jul 2014 | By Geoffrey Dean

When Patrick Fonjallaz’s grandfather bought a 32,000-litre foudre at the Geneva Exposition of 1897, he got home to find it was too big to fit into his cellar on the northern shore of Lake Geneva. So he built another one, where the magnificently ornate foudre is still housed. It is not used for wine maturation any more, but stands sentinel-like in the winery, a reminder of the canton of Vaud’s distinguished winemaking history.

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.

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