Dates for your diary

31 October, 2008

Nov 4-5 Stone, Vine & Sun Portfolio Tasting,

the Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London (

Nov 5 New Zealand Winegrowers Winter New Release Tasting, New Zealand House, Haymarket, London (

Nov 5 Institute of Masters of Wine

Annual Claret Tasting, Vintners' Hall, London (

Nov 6 Great Western Wine Annual Portfolio Tasting, Assembly Rooms, Bath (

Nov 10-12 Wines of Navarra Tasting,

the Imagination Gallery, London

( 10), Malmaison Hotel, Manchester

( 11) and

the Bistro, Edinburgh Corn Exchange

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Nov 12 Fairtrade Wine Tasting, Vinopolis, London (

Nov 12 WSET Wine Enthusiast Evening: Sweet Wines, London Wine & Spirit School, Bermondsey Street (

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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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