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27 June, 2008

June 28-29 Tapas Fantasticas - Wines From Rioja, Brick Lane, London (

July 2 Organic Wine Tasting and Tasting Menu, Grafton House Hotel, Durham City (

July 3 Pinot Noir with Michael Buriak, London Wine & Spirit School, Bermondsey (

July 6 Beginner's Guide to Wine, Morley College, London (

July 8 OLN New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2008, The Worx, Heathmans Road, Parsons Green (alison@dillonmorrall, 020 8432 2087)

July 8-10 McGuigan City Vineyard, Broadgate Arena, London (

July 22 English and Welsh Wine of The Year Award presentations, House of Lords, London (

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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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