05 March, 2010

We find them very useful really its the main opportunity we get to taste the wines. Everything we buy we buy on taste and we wont stock wines unless we have tried and liked? them. Tastings are absolutely essential and they also allow us to catch up with our suppliers.?Shane Dunning?Wood Winters??Bridge of Allan, Stirling??I dont find them all that useful we get enough visits from reps, so its not essential to go. Its good to go to tastings to try new vintages of wine that we sell and if people are flying in from around the world its useful to meet them around the same time, but you rarely find anything that youre not looking for.?Dominic Lockyer?Fareham Wine Cellar?Fareham, Hampshire??They are essential and very good for us. The fact that some big names have dropped out of the L?IWF is neither here nor there for independent retailers? as, dare I say it, it makes space for more interesting people. We cant go to every fair as wed never get any work done, but we try to go to as many as possible. LIWF is a very important date in the diary and SITT was fantastic. The country-specific stuff like Wines of Chile, Australia, Burgundy and New Zealand are all really good too.?Stefan Botfield?City Beverage Company?Hoxton, London??Its unlikely Ill go to the LIWF this year because it is just too brand-orient?ed. The market Im in is much more eclectic and small. Ill be attending the Burgundy tasting in France as Im trying to get a range of wines that no one else has? at affordable prices.?Patrick Rosin?Smart Wines?Ascot, Berkshire??I find them of limited use. Wed rather have samples sent to us here rather than go to tastings. If your money is good, people will send them.?Will Bentley?Bentleys Wine Merchants?Ludlow?Shropshire

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