Dates for your diary

31 October, 2008

Nov 4-5 Stone, Vine & Sun Portfolio Tasting,

the Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London (simon@stonevine.co.uk)

Nov 5 New Zealand Winegrowers Winter New Release Tasting, New Zealand House, Haymarket, London (admin@nzwine.com)

Nov 5 Institute of Masters of Wine

Annual Claret Tasting, Vintners' Hall, London (hwilliams@mastersofwine.org)

Nov 6 Great Western Wine Annual Portfolio Tasting, Assembly Rooms, Bath (clare@greatwesternwine.co.uk)

Nov 10-12 Wines of Navarra Tasting,

the Imagination Gallery, London

( 10), Malmaison Hotel, Manchester

( 11) and

the Bistro, Edinburgh Corn Exchange

(12) (info@winesofnavarra.co.uk)

Nov 12 Fairtrade Wine Tasting, Vinopolis, London (julia.teve@virgin.net)

Nov 12 WSET Wine Enthusiast Evening: Sweet Wines, London Wine & Spirit School, Bermondsey Street (courses@wset.co.uk)




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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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