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English wine exports increase sharply, up 21%

English wine has become really trendy, especially sparkling. Now, the wines from the Brexit island are also moving forward in the export market. And maybe it’s exactly Brexit that’s the reason behind it. The pound has fallen (soon at parity with the euro) and English wine has become cheaper in other countries. Exports increased by […]

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Gin: Blue, Lark's, Monkey 42

The Renaissance of Gin, 4: Conclusions and Commentary, how the category and market may develop over the next 10 years

Although there has been a clear revival in the popularity of gin, and an explosion of new brands, we have seen that the impact has been limited to the premium-plus categories. New and existing customers have traded up, leaving the lower-value categories to continue to decline. There is little evidence to suggest that the renaissance […]

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Gin: Hendricks, Tanqueray

The Renaissance of Gin, 2: Production of Gin, how process variations result in different flavours

EU law defines three categories of gin:[1] “Gin” is the basic category. Flavourings, either natural or artificial, are mixed (cold compounded) with the base spirit and other approved colourings and sweeteners are added. A molasses-based spirit may be used (often cheaper), giving a softer feel. “Distilled Gin” is made by redistilling the mixture of diluted […]

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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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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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