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

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.

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

English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber

Judgement of Nyetimber finds against leading English fizz producer

22 Feb 2017 | By Barnaby Eales

Nyetimber’s former head of sales, James Mason, wins his legal case against the English sparkling wine producer

  • 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.

  • Diana Hunter

    Keeping it convivial with Diana Hunter

    The acquisition of Bibendum-PLB for £60 million by Conviviality last May, perfectly poised to coincide with the London Wine Fair, caused a tsunami-scale reaction across the trade. 

  • Calm before the storm

    Indies: Calm before the storm?

    Christmas appears to have arrived on time and with good cheer for many independent merchants, with an early survey of businesses suggesting that sales were generally comfortably up on last year’s festive period. 

  • Helix from Amorim

    R&D raising the bar on cork versus screwcap

    As we take our first steps into 2017, the industry brings with it the old battle of cork versus screwcap as the two closures continue their struggle for supremacy. 

  • Lebanon

    Lebanon: The lure of the east

    If the people of a winemaking region impart an element of the local terroir then Lebanon surely offers up one of the most entrancing possible blends of culture, climate and place as a backdrop to its wines. 

  • Adult premium mixers and soft drinks

    Beyond spirits: Premium mixers and adult soft drinks

    Premium mixers caught up with premium spirits in 2016. Where to next? 

  • Educating the trade

    Educating your premier crew

    London may be the wine capital of the world, with arguably the best selection of wines available to buy in every bar, restaurant, shop and supermarket, up and down the country, yet the majority of staff that work in these places know little or nothing about what they’re supposed to be selling.

  • New Zealand

    New Zealand Pinot Noir comes of age

    At home in the cooler regions of Wairarapa, Nelson, Marlborough, Waipara and Central Otago, Pinot Noir is New Zealand’s most important red variety, representing 70% of all red plantings and 15.4% of New Zealand’s total vineyard. 

  • 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.

Wine by type

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.

Prosecco

Own-brand Prosecco grows 79% year-on-year at Lidl

13 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Sky-high sales of Prosecco helped Dry January to get off to a damp start in 2017. 

Battle of the Bubbles

Battle of the Bubbles Subscription

13 Feb 2017 | By James Lawrence

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

Pushing premium prosecco

Export of French Crémant to British shores increased 53% in volume and 61% by value in 2016

10 Feb 2017 | By Rebecca Gibb MW

Prosecco’s sparkling success finally appears to be opening doors for other fizz categories

Kevin Skeet and Philip Amps

The Champagne Academy appoints new Chairman

07 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

The academy which aims to find “Champagne’s future stars” and is operated by top Champagne houses has appointed a new chairman.

Week that was

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

03 Feb 2017

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.

The gap between sparkling wine and Champagne

Save the date circulated for possible return of Annual Champagne Tasting

01 Feb 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

The Annual Champagne Tasting could be returning to London following the divisive decision made last year not to hold the event in 2017.

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.

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