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South African wine exports: UK leads, France makes a surprising appearance

Great Britain is still the biggest importer of South African wine. The country takes almost a quarter of the South African exports. Germany, however, has increased its exports of South African wine and is now not far behind the UK. Exports of bulk wine from South Africa are increasing and in 2013 it accounted for […]

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A small moral story on being a wine and food writer for Chef Magazine / Peter Marshall

Writing about wine, food and travel have many fun sides. Almost only fun sides. That is why we do it. But sometimes you encounter adventures that are a little bit less fun. Most people, almost all, that you meet in this “industry” are fantastic persons, kind, exciting and friendly. That is perhaps one of the […]

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The (financial) dangers of being a wine & food journalist / photographer, working for Peter Marshall / Chef Magazine

Working for Peter Marshall, editor in chief and publisher of Chef Magazine UK, and never getting paid This is the story of how we came to work for Peter Marshall and Chef Magazine in the UK and what came out of it. We were commissioned by Peter Marshall to write two articles and to do […]

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South Africa wants to be recognized for its high-quality wines too, says PIWOSA

A new association to promote South African quality wines South Africa is probably most famous for its wines in the entry and middle price segment, often with “plenty of wine for the money”-aspects. Now a new association called Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA) wants to make the world aware of their top class […]

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Meininger's Wine Business International

The “wine media power list” of Swedish and international wine communicators

BKWine among WBI’s Major Wine Media Players WBI looks at Scandinavia, China, Russia, Germany, UK, US and Brazil Meininger’s Wine Business International (WBI) is an eminently readable magazine about … the business of wine. In their June issue they looked at wine media across the globe and attempted to identify which are the major players […]

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Haslemere Wine Fest

Haslemere Wine Fest on 15 September

Apparently they have become pretty good at making wine in England these days. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any of the recent wines myself but if you are interested (I do hope you are!) then you can taste a wide range of wines from Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire on Saturday 15 September at […]

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UK retail chain Oddbins sold. Again

Oddbins used to be a leading British retail chain known for a good wine selection and unusual shops. A few years ago it was sold, following a period of difficulty due to the tightening of the UK retail scene, to the French company Castel, itself one of France’s biggest wine producers. However, Castel have struggled […]

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Terrorists attack starred restaurant

The Midsummer House in Cambridge is a restaurant starred by the Michelin Guide. It was recently attacked and vandalized by terrorists who belonged to The Animal Liberation Front (ALF). The vandals destroyed doors and windows of the restaurant and spray painted slogans on the walls. The restaurant has chosen to remove foie gras from its […]

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The Sampler still sells exclusive wines by the glass in small portions

A while back we wrote about the odd rule in the UK that prohibits selling wine by the glass in small measures. Some wine merchants and wine bars had started to offer very exclusive wines in “tasting sample” sizes that were not the regulation size wine glass but, we were told, had had to stop […]

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This month’s silly rule: English wine bars not allowed to serve exclusive wines in small glasses

The Scandinavian monopoly markets don’t have a, ehrr, monopoly on silly rules…: Some English wine shops (e.g. The Sampler and Selfridges) have opened wine bars in connection with the shops to give the customers the possibility to taste some of the wines before buying. They have also sold some very exclusive wines by the glass […]

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