Dates for your diary
Published:  11 July, 2008

July 21 Discover New Zealand's Diversity, De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton (

July 22 English And Welsh Wine Of The Year Award Presentations, House of Lords, London (

July 23 Sotheby's Auction - Fine And Rare Wines, Spirits And Vintage Ports, New Bond Street, London (

(020 7293 5046)

July 29 Matthew Clark BBQ Wine Experience, The William B, Swan Pier, London Bridge, London (

(01275 890278)

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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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