wine shipping after brexit

VI-1s may be on hold, but there’s still a lot to take on board for any wine merchant planning to do business with wine exporters in the European Union after January 1. Chris Porter of Kukla Beverage Logistics explains the new process

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ONLINE SALES BOOM LIKELY AT christmas

After a year in which e-commerce has been a big growth area for independents, the festive period is expected to be the biggest ever for online wine sales.

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England’s 2020 vintage: what’s the damage?

Spring frost caused havoc in many parts of the UK, including places like Breaky Bottom that had never seen that kind of damage in their history. But winemakers are predicting some spectacular results this year – including what may turn out to be England’s first £100 still wine. And it will come from Kent.

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merchant profile: ellis wharton wines

It’s been an eventful year for all indies, and for Charles Wharton in particular. Having bought out his business partner and relocated to a retail park warehouse, he’d been open for just one day when lockdown hit. But, as we discover, the larger premises have been a blessing, for lots of reasons

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Wine Merchant Top 100 supplement

We mailed out our annual Top 100 winners supplement in October. Here’s the digital version, which you can read online in page-turning PDF glory.

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RISING STARS

Every month we invite indies to nominate someone in their company who’s making a real difference to their business. They win something special from Pol Roger Portfolio. Read all about Hannah Ford, a YouTube natural with a thirst for knowledge who’s made a fantastic contribution to StarmoreBoss in Sheffield.

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comings & GOINGS

New faces at Vino Vero in Essex, expansion for the Oxford Wine Co and The Old Garage, relocation for DBM in Bristol and a new bottle shop in Battle.

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bright ideas

Nothing goes better with wine than cheese. Read how Connolly’s in Birmingham has made a success of its weekly cheese markets.

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critic’s choice: MARTINEZ WINES

Christine Austin nominates a West Yorkshire independent which developed a cult following during lockdown for his crazy videos.

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the burning question

What drinks categories will do well this Christmas? We asked four independent merchants for their predictions.

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Wines of Hungary through the eyes of the sommelier

Norbert Kovács, third-place winner at the 2018 Balkan Sommelier Challenge, has been working in the hospitality industry since he was 20 and since 2012, he has been actively involved in wines as well. Read his assessment of the modern Hungarian winemaking scene here.

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just williams

In recent decades, Europe’s wine co-operatives have been dismissed as backward as buyers fixate on individual growers. But, says David Williams, there is plenty to admire in the way these collectives emerged out of times of crisis, and the wines they produce are by no means as unfashionable as some people assume.

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MEET VINTRIGUE WINES

Vintrigue Wines is a new name, but the business behind it has been around for 40 years. As the new indie specialist division of Lanchester Wines, Vintrigue believes it can offer a blend of precision and scale with an offer aimed squarely at the independent trade.

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A malt whisky with your name on the label

Borders Distillery is rewarding its loyal independent customers by letting them earn their own free cask of single malt while making purchases from its spirits range.

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zooming in on tannat

Nowhere is this beguiling variety more at home than in south west France, where it produces wines that aren’t simply tannic and alcoholic, but full of fruit, freshness and balance. At our Plaimont online tasting, we discovered its many facets.

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digital Masterclass

Win £800 to spend on a meal for your team with a digital marketing campaign for Aster Crianza. We’re looking for ideas to inspire you from wine merchants across the globe and we’ve found a good one in New York City, involving Bob Dylan. Don’t have a Bob Dylan to hand? A Leo Sayer would work just as well.

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