Dates for your diary

11 July, 2008

July 21 Discover New Zealand's Diversity, De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton (tamsin@acfws.org)

July 22 English And Welsh Wine Of The Year Award Presentations, House of Lords, London (sian@ukva.org.uk)

July 23 Sotheby's Auction - Fine And Rare Wines, Spirits And Vintage Ports, New Bond Street, London (stephen.mould@sothebys.com

(020 7293 5046)

July 29 Matthew Clark BBQ Wine Experience, The William B, Swan Pier, London Bridge, London (mcevents@matthewclark.co.uk

(01275 890278)




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