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    Richard Siddle
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    International Wine & Spirit Competition

    International Wine & Spirit Competition  Established in 1969, the IWSC was the first competition of its kind, set up to seek out, reward and promote the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Now in its 50th year, the IWSC’s relentless pursuit of excellence underpins every aspect of the competition today. The IWSC is set apart […]

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2018

    REBEL Pi’s Jackie Fast: how to open up new export markets

    Business entrepreneur Jackie Fast has a strong track record on working with major brands to get their key messages across and open up new markets for their products. Particularly in her days running an international sponsorship business. She is now looking to apply those same skills to her own new brand. REBEL Pi. A premium Canadian ice wine made from Roussanne. Here she explains the steps any brand, or business, should look to take when looking to open up new markets.

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    Sud de France: Sommelier Competition

    SUD DE FRANCE SOMMELIER COMPETITION The Languedoc Roussillon vineyard is the largest producing region in the world and arguably one of the most exciting and innovative in France. over the last few years, the industry in this part of southern France has been evolving profoundly thanks to new regulations and young and dynamic wine makers. […]

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    Central-Loire Long Read

    How well do you know the wines and wine region of Central-Loire?

    Apart from producing some of the finest wines in the world, the Loire Valley is a wine region that is hugely complex, diverse and actually quite confusing! Following the course of France’s longest river, the Loire as a wine region covers five major regions, 95 appellations with countless communes, grape varieties, styles of wines and soil types. Of all the regions Central-Loire is arguably the least clearly delineated. It is set apart from Loire Valley wines in more ways than one, includes Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé amongst its more revered seven appellations, and yet the ‘lesser ones’ fly right under the radar of most UK wine buyers even though they produce good, full-flavoured, terroir-specific wines that offer incredibly good value for money. Peter Dean visited Central-Loire and tries to make sense of this wine region that lies at the very heart of France.

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    How world’s wine fairs are best placed to spot the next big thing

    Every time you think there is not enough room in the world’s wine calendar for another major event, another one pops up, usually in a new city or different part of the world. In the last couple of years alone we have seen new shows appear in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Singapore or Shanghai, to name just a few. But how do these exhibition organisers decide where to go? Well, it seems they need to get two things right. The size and growth opportunity within the local market, be it the host city, or country as a whole, and how attractive that region is to international producers and, therefore, potential exhibitors. So if you want to predict where the next new markets for wine are going to come from then follow where the world’s biggest wine shows are opening up new fairs, says Richard Siddle.

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    Buyer French Debate: Rise of Crémant & other sparkling wines

    In part one of The Buyer’s debate, alongside Business France, between leading importers, merchants, restaurants and wine producers from most regions of France, we focused on the rise in and importance of organic wines. The tasting and discussion also looked at how different styles of sparkling wine are now really coming to the fore, and how Crémant, in particular, is presenting a real premium alternative, ideal for promoting and driving in the premium on-trade.

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    Freixenet Copestick Job: Online and Hospitality manager

    Freixenet Copestick looks to expand its business with new Online and Hospitality Manager role. Freixenet Copestick Limited is the largest supplier of sparkling wine in the UK. We have recently moved into new offices in Newbury, Berkshire. The company has two of the fastest growing brands in the UK and is regarded as one of […]

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    How Tokaji still offers such incredible value for money

    Sales of sweet wine began dipping about 20 years ago, just at the wrong time for the wines of Tokaj. This famed wine producing region of Hungary used to provide wines to grace the tables of the kings and queens of Europe, reputedly a favourite of the Sun King himself, Louis XIV. Next year will mark 100 years since the damaging Treaty of Trianon, followed by a 20th century of political strife, but the wines themselves are increasingly consistent and top class. Seeing first hand the labour, time, and effort that go into each bottle, Mike Turner believes that these wines deserve a place on wine lists across the country and current prices are a steal for such a quality product.

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    Freixenet Copestick Job: Supply Chain Executive

    Freixenet Copestick is looking for a new Supply Chain Executive to join its growing team. Freixenet Copestick Limited is the largest supplier of sparkling wine in the UK. We have recently moved into new offices in Newbury, Berkshire. The company has two of the fastest growing brands in the UK and is regarded as one […]

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    Giles Cooke MW believes in Grenache so much he went and got the T-shirt

    Giles Cooke: Australia needs to re-think climate change strategy

    As Australia looks back on one of the hottest summers in its history, Giles Cooke MW says it should be a clarion call to all of the country’s wine industry to seriously wake up to the climate change challenge. Whilst he and other smaller winemakers are busy introducing more climate-friendly, robust grape varieties, like Nero d’Avolo at Thistledown Wines he set up with Alliance Wine’s Fergal Tynan MW in the Riverland, most of the major producers are burying their heads in the sands and carrying on regardless with water guzzling varieties like Chardonnay and Shiraz. The time, he says, for action and change has come.

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