Dates for your diary

14 November, 2008

Nov 18-19 Hanging Ditch Winemaker Masterclass,



Nov 18 Goedhuis & Company Rh ône 2007 En Primeur Tasting, Duke of York's HQ, Kings

Road, London


Nov 19 Food

& Wine Matching Workshop, London Wine

& Spirit School, Bermondey Street (

Nov 21 Northern Benevolent Ball, Tatton Park, Cheshire (01928 740366/

Nov 21-23, French Wine Growers Fair, Barbican Exhibition Cent re, London (

Nov 24 Chianti Classico Riserva Tasting 1969 to 1962, Hesperia Hotel, Victoria (

Nov 26 Tasting of 2006 and 2005 Chianti Classico and 2004 Chianti Classico Riservas, International Wine & Spirit Centre, Bermondsey Street ( 7089 3853)

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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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