Tasting more than 9,000 wines is no mean feat

20 April, 2007

, but International Wine Challenge judges arrived at London's Barbican this week to start the process. This year's panel of 420 experts includes sake judges and observing visitors from Japan. Co-chairman Sam Harrop MW will again carry out wine faults analysis for the world's biggest wine competition, run by OLN publisher William Reed. The medal winners will be announced on May 22 at the London wine fair and the trophies on the first day of Vinexpo. Pictured left to right are Lucy Bridgers, Peter Mc Combie MW, Fraser Williamson and Adam Marshall.

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I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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