Dates for your diary

08 August, 2008

Aug 8-25 Wine in the City,

Edinburgh Wine School (0131 4774 565/edinburghwineschool.co.uk)

Aug 8-9 Last two days of the Great British Beer Festival 2008, Earl's Court, London (camra.org.uk)

Aug 9 Berry Bros & Rudd One-Day Introductory Wine School,

Pickering & Napoleon Cellars, St James' Street

SW1 (0207 396 9685/bbr.com)

Aug 13 Discover the Wines of Australia,áNewcastle Wine School

NE2 2DQ (0191 281 8045/newcastlewineschool.com)

Aug 16-17 Summer Tasting, HouseáofáMenzies, Aberfeldy, PertshireáPH1 52JDá(01887 829666/

houseofmenzies.com)




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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle ľ which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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