Dates for your diary

07 March, 2008

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

March 13 The Benevolent Ball, the Dorchester, London (eleanorperry@thebenevolent.org.uk 020 7089 3888)

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

(+49 0211 45 60 01 prowein.de)

March 17 St Patrick's Day

March 18 Champagne Information Bureau Annual Tasting, Banqueting House, Whitehall, London (victoria.e@peretti.com)

March 19 France Under One Roof, Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground (jane@huntandcoady.com franceunderoneroof.co.uk)

March 23 Easter Sunday




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