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27 July, 2007

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& Rudd's Burgundy expert, Jasper Morris MW, is remaining positive about the 2007 Burgundy harvest despite reports of bad weather in the region. Hail fell in St Aubin, Beaune and Chablis, and one vineyard in the region has suffered mildew, but Morris says the situation is not "too dramatic". He said: "While it won't be a bumper crop in volume, if the weather improves from here on in, it could still be a very good year for quality."

Owners of independent wine merchants and their employees are being offered the chance to win a trip for two to California's Napa Valley in November by revealing their favourite wine threesome. Californian winery Folie à Deux has launched the competition to promote its benchmark wine range

Mènage à Trois. Send details of your favourite mix of three grape varieties - and why - in less than 250 words to:

Emma Wellings PR, The Barley Mow Centre, 10 Barley Mow Passage, London W4 4PH or e-mail

emma@ew-pr.co.uk by July 31.

Staff at Tanners

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Merchants in Shrewsbury have helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity after taking part in a coracle race. The Tanners Coracle Challenge, which managing director James Tanner partly organised, saw 35 teams racing each other in the ancient boats. The event is expected to raise £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.




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