Wine

Soave

Boost for Soave with new UK campaign

27 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Soave, the dry white wine produced in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, is looking to boost its fortunes here in the UK this summer with the help of new trade and consumer campaign.

Champagne

champagne

UK Champagne sales flow down the drain

21 Mar 2017 | By Lisa Riley

UK Champagne sales have been hit by the nation’s love of more affordable Prosecco alongside the Brexit-caused drop in the value of the pound.

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

SkinnyFizz

Mitchells & Butlers adds 'skinny' sparkling wine to its menu

22 Mar 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Mitchells & Butlers is hoping to entice calorie-conscious drinkers by adding a ‘skinny’ sparkling wine to its menu.

  • Supermarket

    The battle for the retail shelves

    The latest Nielsen retail reports make for interesting reading. Supermarket own-brand wines showed growth of 12.6% in the 12 weeks leading up to January 28, 2017, an escalation from 5.5% year-on-year growth, while brands lost 3% share.

  • young drinkers

    Millennials: sorting the facts from the fiction

    A Wine Intelligence presentation at Prowein sought to debunk much of the common notion that Millennials are a fundamentally different consumer group with a clearly cohesive mindset, with implications for those creating targeted new brands

  • Brand Ambassadors

    Brand Ambassadors: Spreading the gospel

    Glenfiddich’s UK brand ambassador, Mark Thomson, is introducing the brand’s new IPA beer-infused expression at a trade event in central London. “When I tell people I’m a brand ambassador they usually say: ‘Yes, but what’s your real job?’”

  • Matthew Clark's Emporium Tasting 2017

    Blurring lines between on-trade beer, wine and spirits

    Matthew Clark’s new Emporium tasting concept delivered on its promise of providing a circus-themed extravaganza at London’s Tobacco Dock on Tuesday. 

  • Wine labels of the future

    Wine labels of the future will increasingly have a link to a website or QR bar code which could be scanned with phones to reveal the ingredients, calories and nutritional value of wine, but far less likely is any further legal obligation to fully disclose ingredients.

  • Taking action

    The drinks world takes action over alcohol misuse

    The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) announced this week it is calling for entries for this year’s Scotch Whisky Action Fund – an initiative set up in 2013 to help tackle alcohol misuse by offering grants for related projects across Scotland. 

  • ProWein 2016

    ProWein Calling: A preview

    ProWein has grown into the must-attend premier wine and spirits business show in Europe. The 2017 event, in Düsseldorf, is being launched with the slogan To Another Great Year and boasts more exhibitors than ever.

  • Lidl

    Lidl reports rapid growth for wine category

    With a global turnover of over £70billion, and trading operations in 28 countries, the Lidl empire is continuing to grow in the UK, with 35 new stores opening in 2016, and a further 50 planned for this year.

  • Wine Duty

    Why increasing duty is counterproductive to raising a new generation of educated drinkers

    There seems to be little expectation in the trade that duty rises on wines and spirits will be frozen in this coming Budget, let alone cut by the 2% that the Scotch Whisky Association and WSTA have been calling for (on spirits, and wines and spirits, respectively). 

  • Gin

    Think Gin 2017: Mapping out gin’s future

    When something gets too big or grows too fast, it’s only a matter of time before the wolves gather, waiting for it to fall – or trying to knock it – off its pedestal. This is true of gin, where the spirit’s unprecedented rise has made it a target for gleeful mutterings that it’s finally past its peak.  

  • Shop Rioja

    Shop Rioja

    he month of October is quickly becoming synonymous with Shop Rioja – Wines from Rioja’s month-long promotion which brings the full diversity and dynamism of Spain’s foremost wine region to the UK’s independent retailers.

  • Gin

    Jumping Juniper

    Yes, I published a book about gin last year (I promise that’s it for the shameless promotion), but I have no reservations about confessing that I didn’t see this current trend for gin lasting so long. Whether it was an over-saturation of the market, familiarity-bred

  • Portugal

    The changing face of Portugal

    Portugal is on the crest of a wave. Heard that before? Sceptics will find succour in recent statistics pointing to a downturn in UK exports.

  • Chile

    Taking Chile’s Temperature

    “Chile needs to simplify the message, but our diversity makes it difficult – Argentina has Malbec, meat and Mendoza to talk about, and that’s it.” 

  • Newmarket Gin

    By design: A message in a bottle

    Start with a quote, is often the advice given when preparing for a presentation or seminar, and when it comes to design, there are lots to choose from. For example, Joe Sparano, graphic designer for American company Oxide Design Co, said: “Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.”

  • Think Rum Winners 2017

    Think Rum 2017: The year for rum?

    Rum may not be generating quite the column inches when compared with the ongoing explosive growth of artisanal gins and it remains a minnow when compared with the volumes of vodka consumed in the UK.

  • Cambridge's Thirsty

    Marginal returns: How to manage those post-Brexit increases

    According to some leading UK independent wine merchants, the cost of wine to their businesses has increased by anything from 10% to 16% since June’s European referendum vote, depending on supplier.

  • James Manson

    Stand up, then SITT

    SITT, the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting, which aims to give a platform to independent merchants and specialist importers is returning to the UK next month – this year as part of Harpers’ own event portfolio. 

  • Battle of the Bubbles

    Battle of the Bubbles

    For decades, the very mention of the word Champagne conjured up almost mystical properties for UK consumers in the market for premium sparkling wine.

  • Under Pressure

    Suppliers under pressure

    The words of one well-established wine distributor resonate strongly in the current climate, particularly for those seeking the lure, however challenging, of large-scale distribution via supermarkets and on-trade buying groups.

Wine by type

Winner Terry Kandylis Moet Sommelier of the Year 2016

Moët UK's Sommelier Of The Year opens for entries

03 Mar 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Moët & Chandon’s Sommelier of the Year competition has returned for another year, once again looking to bestow the accolade on a shining star of the UK on-trade.

Week that was

The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

03 Mar 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Soave

Boost for Soave with new UK campaign

27 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Soave, the dry white wine produced in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, is looking to boost its fortunes here in the UK this summer with the help of new trade and consumer campaign.

Week that was

The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

24 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Andrew Hawes

CAA chairman dismisses EU fears of ‘English Champagne’ influx post-Brexit

21 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

The chairman of the Champagne Agents’ Association has hit back at claims that ‘English Champagne’ could flood into the continent following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Progrigio from Asda

'Progrigio’ - the new budget Prosecco?

20 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Prosecco has long been regarded the low-price equivalent of Champagne for those looking for bubbles on a budget.

Week that was

The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

17 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

English Fizz

Sparkling to be worst affected by triple whammy of price pressures

14 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means consumers will be spurring on the nation’s love of sparkling wine by heading to fizz shelves today.

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