Wine

Wines from Spain 2016

White revolution at the forefront of Heart of Spain 2017

13 Jan 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Winemakers from Spain will continue to further the white revolution and promote varieties from new and unexpected corners of the country when the Heart of Spain 2017 tasting comes to London.

Champagne

Majestic Wine

Majestic Retail has “biggest ever Christmas” during bumper trading period

10 Jan 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Sales of sparkling and gin helped to put a skip back into Majestic’s step over the Christmas period with total group sales up 15.3% compared to the previous year.

Fortified

Santa with sherry

WSTA launches Christmas campaign to turnaround sales of fortified wines

20 Dec 2016 | By Mathew Lyons

The UK wine trade and consumers alike are being called upon to ‘Save Santa’s Sherry’ in a festive campaign from the WSTA.

Lighter style

Bordeaux

Bordeaux: Not so sweet for sweet wine Subscription

10 Jan 2017 | By Justin Keay

No one doubts that the future for historic winery Chateau d’Yquem and for sweet Bordeaux’s renowned 11 premier cru producers - and even the second crus in Sauternes and Barsac - looks good.

Sparkling

Miles McInnes, managing partner of Jascots

Sparkling wine sales jump 24% at Jascots

12 Jan 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Specialist wine supplier to the on-trade, Jascots, has reported record sales in 2016 with soparklign wine sales jumping by almost a quarter.

  • Australia Day Tasting 2016

    Australia Day Tasting: What to expect from the UK’s dominant wine category

    January can be bleak for the trade, with the mix of diminished consumer spend, attempts to cut back on the booze and the ever-glorious weather conspiring against the will to go out and enjoy.

  • cola soft drink

    The teetotal trend: Beyond Dry January

    As we’ve mentioned elsewhere in Harpers this month, we could be on the verge of the driest January on record. And no, we’re not talking about the weather.

  • Performance review: An early look at the multiples’ Christmas trading

    In retail head offices across the country, buyers will be analysing this year’s trading, investigating highs and lows, and providing the traditional Christmas post-mortems.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux: Not so sweet for sweet wine

    No one doubts that the future for historic winery Chateau d’Yquem and for sweet Bordeaux’s renowned 11 premier cru producers - and even the second crus in Sauternes and Barsac - looks good.

  • Cambridge Wine Merchants

    Virtues of independence

    The independent sector continues to carve its own footprint, increasingly punching above its weight

  • German Gymnasium

    On-trade: A year of change

    2016 has had its highlights and, despite challanges along the way, the restaurant sector is in decent shape

  • Logistics and shipping warehouse

    Logistics: Coping with the cuts

    The ability to cut supply chain costs while at the same time maintaining a high-quality distribution service has become a holy grail for many wine merchants and retailers.

  • Festive Fizz

    A taste for fizz

    Champagne and Britain are inextricably linked. As the region’s longest-standing, largest export market, hovering steadily around the 33 million bottle mark every year, it is surprising that the sound of popping corks does not drown out all other noise.

  • Taking Education to the front line

    Taking education to the front line

    The current on-trade staffing shortage is being exacerbated by a lack of appropriate training. Harpers spoke to Matthew Cocks about Jascots’ WineEd initiative designed to help plug the gap

  • Aldi Moskato No Monkey Business

    Top Tipples of 2016: The 12-month countdown

    As the British electorate showed us in June – followed by Americans in November – 2016 has been the year to rip up the rulebook.

  • Drink's consultant or Sommelier?

    Is staff recruitment a ticking time bomb?

    According to Paul Jenkins, purchasing director at D&D hospitality group, recruiting and retaining staff isn’t just a perennial problem – it’s getting worse.

  • Brexit Jigsaw

    Meeting the Brexit challenge

    The UK referendum decision on European Union membership surprised many, but while the parliamentary and legal bodies work through the most appropriate process to enact legislation, the wine and spirit trade can use the time to plan for change.

  • Festive Fizz

    Festive fizz

    Champagne may be facing a bumpy time in the UK but, as Christmas approaches, all signs are that sparkling wines without the famous French appellation attached to their label are in rude health and many retailers are pinning their hopes on bumper fizz sales this festive season.

  • Trade says no to Brexit

    Brexit – boom or bust?

    Britain’s retailers, faced with the fall in sterling and market turbulence, surely have little to celebrate in Christmas 2016.

  • Bordeaux Harvest

    Bordeaux’s squeezed middle ground

    Beyond the first-growth hoopla and hype Bordeaux has been struggling. The good 2016 vintage coupled with a new CIVC approach to consumer marketing might be the turning point  

  • Drinks Wholesaler November 2016

    The Drinks Wholesaler: Drinking cheek by jowl

    “Change is the only constant,” mused the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and that has certainly never been more apt than in the current drinking and dining scene.     

  • Wine is now the number one choice for 60% of drinkers

    Insights: Curating consumer preference

    New WinePro research from Kingsland goes beyond defining consumers, unearthing their needs and habits on different consuming occasions.

  • Holiday Martini Bottle

    Getting into the Christmas spirit

    As the countdown begins to the most wonderful – and lucrative – time of the year, Harpers looks at how retailers can make the most of the opportunities presented by premium spirits.

  • Foxlow

    On-trade: How to grow and expand your business

    When Nathan Lee and Jason Mead were building their bar and restaurant group in Bristol, starting with Prohibition-style bar Hyde & Co in 2010, they received no shortage of advice on locations.

  • Cracking the UK market

    Cracking the UK market

    At first glance, the answers to the holy grail of successful trading in the UK might appear obvious.

Wine by type

White wine

Burgundy en primeur: Spotlight on whites

11 Jan 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

While there has been a consensus that Burgundy’s 2015 reds have much to offer buyers in this year’s en primeur market, there is less agreement about the quality of the region’s whites.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux: Not so sweet for sweet wine Subscription

10 Jan 2017 | By Justin Keay

No one doubts that the future for historic winery Chateau d’Yquem and for sweet Bordeaux’s renowned 11 premier cru producers - and even the second crus in Sauternes and Barsac - looks good.

Majestic Wine

Majestic Retail has “biggest ever Christmas” during bumper trading period

10 Jan 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Sales of sparkling and gin helped to put a skip back into Majestic’s step over the Christmas period with total group sales up 15.3% compared to the previous year.

Festive Fizz

Cocktail group reports record festive trading

05 Jan 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Early reports show that the hospitality industry received a welcome boost over the Christmas period thanks in part to December 23, 24 and 25 falling over the weekend.

Chapel Down has become an official partner to The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

English fizz beats Champagne to become official Boat Race partner

03 Jan 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Leading English winery Chapel Down has become an official partner of the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, replacing Champagne Bollinger.

Festive Fizz

A taste for fizz Subscription

19 Dec 2016 | By Anne Krebiehl MW

Champagne and Britain are inextricably linked. As the region’s longest-standing, largest export market, hovering steadily around the 33 million bottle mark every year, it is surprising that the sound of popping corks does not drown out all other noise.

The gap between sparkling wine and Champagne

Prosecco bursts Champagne’s bubble with faster sales growth across Europe

14 Dec 2016 | By Jo Gilbert

Sales of Prosecco in the UK continue to rise faster than Champagne despite the Champagne sector’s attempts to compete by dropping prices.

Jay Wright

Growers Champagne offering an alternative to Prosecco this Christmas, says Virgin Wines

13 Dec 2016 | By Jo Gilbert

Grower Champagnes having been sparking consumer interest at Virgin Wines, where wine buyers are expecting sales to flourish this Christmas.

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