Dates for your diary

29 June, 2007

July 1 England goes smoke-free


July 2 Georgian Wine

& Food Tasting, Mimino Georgian Restaurant, 197c Kensington High Street, London


July 4

New World Spanish Wine Awards, The Worx, 10 Heathmans Road, London


July 4 Buddies Of The Benevolent


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Aragon House, 247 New Kings Road, SW6


July 5 Benevolent Champagne Tasting

& Dinner, Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire


July 12 Quinta De Vargellas tasting, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


July 26 WSET Food

& Wine Matching - Partnering Red Wine With Food, International Wine & Spirit Centre, 39-45 Bermondsey Street, London


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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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