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Richard Hemming MW's recent article questioned the value of wine education, on the grounds that it neither boosts wine sales nor benefits the consumer.

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Educating consumers about wine has become such an ingrained objective in the trade that we never question its value.

It’s been just over two months since the on-trade began to reopen.

This year has not been kind to British brewing.

It’s painfully ironic that, for a product we value above all for its diversity, most of us who sell wine in Britain look unfortunately similar.

If you’re hanging on to a rising balloon, you’re presented with a diffi cult decision — let go before it’s too late or hang on and keep getting higher, posing the question: how long can you keep a grip on the rope?”

Since lockdown began in March, the off-trade has absorbed around half the alcohol volume lost from the on-trade, compared to the same period last year.

At the end of May, news that Roger Ryman had died was met with an outpouring of shock and deep sadness.

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31 July, 2020

A solitary tasting note sits on the shelf-edge of a promotional fixture.

It goes without saying that few sectors of the British economy will emerge unscathed from the current crisis, but brewing will undoubtedly suffer badly.

On Monday, March 23, independent merchants across the country faced an uncertain future.

In less than two months, wine communication has moved 100% online.

One of the most common questions we’re being asked by our clients is: what are the immediate and longer-term impacts of the on-trade closure on the off-trade?

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