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13 June, 2008

June 17 Erste Lage - Germany's First Growth Wines, London Wine & Spirit School, Bermondsey (

June 23 Cambridge Fine Wine Crème De La Crème Tasting, Jesus College, Cambridge (

June 23 Pacific Heights From Bibendum, Waterstones, Piccadilly, London (

June 24 The Definitive Italian Wine

Tasting, Lord's Cricket Ground, London (

June 26 The Benevolent Dinner, Claridges, Mayfair, London (

July 1 A Tutored Tasting Of Interesting Portuguese Wines, Hesperia Hotel, Victoria (

July 8 OLN New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2008, The Worx, Heathmans Road, Parsons Green (alison@dillonmorrall, 020 8432 2087)

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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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