The 2008 Louis Latour Award has been won by 23-year-old history graduate Rupert Holden, of Chiswick. As part of the award, he will visit Louis Latour's vineyards and cellars in Burgundy. The award was launched in 2004 to encourage students to take an interest in developing wine knowledge as part of their culinary education at
the Leith's School of Food and Wine .
It is presented annually to the student who achieves the highest score in the Wine
& Spirit Education Trust examination as part of a diploma in food and wine.
Burgundy Wines has launched an accreditation seminar for foreign educators. The Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne and L'Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne (the Burgundy Wine School) invited four educators from the UK, US and Singapore to the accreditation programme focusing on theory classes, wine tastings and visits to vineyards and domaines. The educators will teach the culture of Burgundy wines at seminars in their home countries.
From a small vineyard near Margaret River in Western Australia come three wines which are exclusive to The Jeroboams Group. At Penny Lane, Wayne Galea makes the most of the slightly cooler climate and longer ripening period of the southern part of Margaret River to produce "wines of increased complexity both on the palate and the nose". The wines are a Chardonnay, Merlot and Ca
The Merchant Vintners Co, a wine buying group for independent wine merchants, has added Manor Wines, based near Canterbury in Kent, to its 23-strong list of members, extending the group's representation into the
south east of England. The group, established 43 years ago, aims to provide "an avenue for independent family-owned wine merchants to help each other prosper and expand while preserving their individuality".
Sommelier Matt Skinner is launching the follow-up to his Thirsty Work book in October. Heard It Through the Grapevine (Mitchell Beazley, £17.99) is described as "a no-nonsense guide to how wine should - and can - fit comfortably into your life ... and how you can get the most from your wine". Skinner's annual wine guide, The Juice, is published at the same time.