Dates for your diary

25 January, 2008

Jan 28 International Wine Challenge Sake Masterclass, Morton's, Berkeley Square, London (julie.campbell@

william-reed.co.uk 01293 867612)

Feb 5 Drinks Retailing Awards, The Dorchester, London (hazel.smith@

william-reed.co.uk 01293 846551)

Feb 5 Shrove Tuesday

Feb 14 St Valentine's Day

Feb 25 Specialist Importers Trade Tastings, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (Feb 25) and Vinopolis, London (Feb 27). See sittastings.org .




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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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