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07 March, 2008

March 13 Wines of South Africa John Platter Tasting, the Reading Room, South Africa House, London ( 020 8947 7171)

March 13 The Benevolent Ball, the Dorchester, London ( 020 7089 3888)

March 16-18 ProWein 2008, Exhibition Centre, Düsseldorf, Germany

(+49 0211 45 60 01

March 17 St Patrick's Day

March 18 Champagne Information Bureau Annual Tasting, Banqueting House, Whitehall, London (

March 19 France Under One Roof, Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground (

March 23 Easter Sunday

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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 – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

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