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Our MD Nicky talks about the Women in Wine event she was involved in this week…   I was invited last night to talk to the Women in Wine London group @WineWomenLDN about consumer PR and communication in the wine industry.   The panel included the illustrious Abi Barlow from @BDCreativeUK and @michelcherutti wine educator extraordinaire. …

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A recent study by computer scientists at Columbia University and the French National Institute, revealed 59 percent of links shared on social media have never actually been clicked on. Essentially the majority of people retweet news stories without ever actually reading them first.   “People are more willing to share an article than read it,”…

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Last week, farmer and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty joined our mission to get the nation celebrating that little Champagne of the potato world…the Jersey Royal. Jimmy hosted an exclusive media and bloggers dinner at London cookery school Food at 52, working with chef Bridget Colvin to serve up some of his favourite Jersey Royal dishes.…

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It’s hard to forget the release of Protein World’s ad ‘Are You Beach Body Ready?’ which sent ripples (or perhaps tsunamis) through the media last summer.   Suzy Bashford’s piece ‘Do We Offend You?’, which appeared in this month’s issue of Marketing, references this particular example in her discussion of ‘the taste debate’ which seeks to…

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As a mother, I used to think that there were two types of people on the planet; those who have children and those who don’t. We all live in the same parallel universe but our lives are so very fundamentally different. But perhaps it’s even simpler than that? Perhaps the divide is just those who love Riesling and…

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As a woman I was delighted to hear the news of the new recommended drinking limits. I can still drink my 14 units a week, no problem. My husband who, with respect, weighs considerably more than me and can therefore drink me under the table, was less happy. What isn’t clear is why the UK…

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The countdown is well and truly on as we propel though the final few days toward Christmas. For those of you wrestling with hostess nerves or cooks who still can’t decide what to do with the sprouts, then look no further. Phipps’ good friend and chef extraordinaire, Martin Lam, has kindly given us two fail…

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Wines from Rioja’s new concept 10×10 Trade Tasting on Tuesday 10th November at Banking Hall was a huge success attracting key trade and media across all sectors of the wine industry. The concept worked as a fantastic platform to highlight the quality and diversity produced in the region giving trade an overview and illustrating that…

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This year Wines from Rioja has worked in partnership with Imbibe magazine on a number of activities targeted at the UK on trade. We kicked off 2015 with a series of panel tastings with experts from four sectors of the on-trade – gastro pubs, fine dining restaurants, wine and cocktail bars, and neighbourhood restaurants –…

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So the food festival season is over and Phipps Chairman Miranda Page Wood tells us what makes the  Aldeburgh Festival special for her. ‘ It was a beautiful weekend bathed in sunshine for the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, celebrating ten years of bringing together all the magical foody produce there is in Suffolk. I…

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Pumpkin schmumpkin I hear you cry. But just wait a minute…I thought the same about pumpkin beer, until Sunday night when the other half and I discovered some absolute crackers. With absolutely no hint of the artificial flavouring that I have long associated with flavoured or seasonal beers (except for those aged in spirits casks….I…

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Our MD Nicky Forrest shares some thoughts on England’s green and Vineyard laden lands…   The lunacy of the English wine industry is not lost on me.   A marginal climate which makes it difficult to grow ripe grapes; vines that extremely susceptible to early Spring frost  (of which we have lots) and the fact that…

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