It looks as if most of the UK wine business will be on holiday for August, too. The WSTA's Trade Diary lists only one event for the month: a golf tournament in Harrogate.
We all need a rest, but I wonder if packing everything into September isn't a mistake (there are five important tastings I know of on the 12th and six on the 25th). In the same way that all the Burgundy tastings seem to be shoe-horned into the second week of January and half the world's winemakers come to the UK in May, September is far too crowded on the tasting circuit. Couldn't we take a leaf out of the Premiership's book and move a few events back into August? I might even come back from the south of France early to attend.