Dates for your diary

16 May, 2008

May 20-22 London International Wine Fair and Distil, Excel London, Victoria Docks, London (londonwinefair.com)

June 2 Sweet Bordeaux food and wine matching lunch hosted by the Union des Grands Vins Liquoreux de Bordeaux, The Thomas Cubitt, Victoria, London (emma@eviva.co.uk)

June 3 The Independent Winegrowers Association of Portugal will present a window on Portugal's best white wines from across the country, the Portuguese Embassy, Belgrave Square, London

(nicky@randr.co.uk)

June 3 Sogrape's Callabriga Vertical Tasting, Berry Bros & Rudd, St James's, London (carol@pikepr.co.uk)

June 5 Stone, Vine & Sun Portfolio Tasting, The Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London (katherine@stonevine.co.uk)

June 5 Wines Of Chile Focus Tasting, The Simpson Room, Waterstones, Piccadilly, London (karen@winesofchile.org.uk)




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