Tasting more than 9,000 wines is no mean feat

20 April, 2007

, but International Wine Challenge judges arrived at London's Barbican this week to start the process. This year's panel of 420 experts includes sake judges and observing visitors from Japan. Co-chairman Sam Harrop MW will again carry out wine faults analysis for the world's biggest wine competition, run by OLN publisher William Reed. The medal winners will be announced on May 22 at the London wine fair and the trophies on the first day of Vinexpo. Pictured left to right are Lucy Bridgers, Peter Mc Combie MW, Fraser Williamson and Adam Marshall.

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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