trade tastings make a tentative return

Trade tastings are slowly returning to the calendar – though the approach from organisers and merchants alike remains cautious.

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delays get worse for wine shippers

Delays in deep-sea wine shipments don’t appear to be getting any less troublesome. Indeed there are many in the industry who would argue the situation is only getting worse, with no end in sight to the logjam.

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indies suddenly look like better value

It’s not just wine importers who are complaining about the added costs and aggravation of importing wine from the EU. It seems that many consumers are fed up too, and switching their business to independents.

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PROFILE: noble grape, cowbridge

Four years ago, Richard Ballantyne returned to his south Wales roots to set up Noble Grape. Cowbridge may not be the biggest town in the area but it’s a place where independents thrive – and where the Ballantyne family have a tradition of selling quality wine to the locals.

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TOP 100 winners unveiled

Ahead of the publication of our annual Top 100 supplement, we list all this year’s winning and highly commended wines according to their suppliers.

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bright ideas

Duncan Murray, of Duncan Murray Wines in Market Harborough, has teamed up with a local Eco-Village where he’s having success selling refillable bottles as well as local beers, spirits and ciders.

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just williams

The launch of a 125-year-old port was something special. It was organised by a company that invented pink port and sells canned premixes. Perhaps that shows us that the wine trade doesn’t always have to be as polarised as it can appear, says David Williams

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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 Sam Gauntley, son of the late John Gauntley, who is taking his dad’s advice to think outside the box and do something he’s passionate about.

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comings & GOINGS

The North Yorkshire indie which is planning a bakery, wine bar, coffee shop, distillery and a chain of wine stores, plus Whalley’s new bar and the American couple setting up shop in the gateway to the Highlands.

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the burning question

How easy is it to attract younger consumers to the wine category? We asked four independent merchants for their opinions and suggestions.

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NEW COMPLICATIONS FOR ORGANIC IMPORTS

Importers of organic wine from the EU will face an extra layer of red tape thanks to Brexit.

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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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