Dates for your diary

30 November, 2007

Dec 4 Tutored Tasting Of Fine And Rare Brunello 1976-1963, Hesperia Hotel, London Victoria (bensonwines@connectingbusiness.com)

Dec 4 Buddies Of The Benevolent Christmas Party, Old Queens Head, London (eleanor.perry@thebenevolent.org.uk)

Dec 6 Institute Of Masters Of Wine Dom Pérignon Tasting, Vintners' Hall, London (hwilliams@mastersofwine.org)

Jan 9 Genesis Wines 2006 Burgundy Tasting, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge (sales@genesiswines.com)

Jan 9 Bibendum Burgundy 2007 En Primeur Tasting, RIBA, Portland Place, London (events@bibendum-wine.co.uk)

Jan 15 New Zealand Wine Annual Trade Tasting, Lord's Cricket Ground (alison@nzwine.com)

Jan 18 The Benevolent New Year Lunch, Vintners' Hall (eleanorperry@thebenevolent.org.uk)




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