Dates for your diary

17 October, 2008

Oct 20 Armagnac Showcase, The Merchants Hall, Edinburgh (

Oct 20 The Vintners' Company & WSET Annual Lecture, Vintners' Hall, London (

Oct 22 The Fells Wine & Food Experience, Somerset House, The Strand, London (

Oct 28 The New Douro Tasting, Tate Modern, Bankside, London (

Oct 29 Mad eira Wine Institute Annual Tasting, Portuguese Ambassador's

Residence, Belgrave Square, London (

Oct 29 WSET Wine Enthusiast Evening: Unusual Grape Varieties, London Wine

& Spirit School, Bermondsey Street,


Oct 30 Wines of Chile Meet The Retailer Christmas Tasting 2008, The Delfina Gallery, Bermondsey Street, London (

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