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30 May, 2008

The Definitive Italian Wine Tasting is celebrating its 10th anniversary on June 24 at Lord's Cricket Ground. There will be 97 exhibitors in attendance, including newcomers Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies, Ethical Edibles, Genesis Wines, Noceto Michelotti Winery and Moreno Wines. The tasting will feature The Italian Journey zone, where visitors can taste a selection of wines that retail for over £6.50 and are made from indigenous varieties. For further information and registration email

Oddbins and Nicolas are holding their first wine tasting since parent company Castel announced its plans for the two chains earlier this year. The summer wine tasting is to take place at the White Horse in London's Parsons Green on June 25. For more information call Sue Harris or Charlie Goblet D'alviella at Westbury Communications on 020 7751 9170.

Champagne Lanson has launched a gift pack to celebrate its sponsorship of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. The new pack will be on sale in Waitrose. Managing director Paul Beavis said: "We have been closely associated with Wimbledon since 1977. This year we have a tailor-made gift presentation for the Lanson Black Label Brut NV, which is wrapped in a chill-sleeve created in the famous green and purple of the championships. Waitrose stores will be featuring these throughout the month of June, through until the close of the championships in July."

Bottle Green has completed its project with Leeds Metropolitan University, in which hospitality degree students came up with ideas for an off-trade wine project focused on the 18 to 24-year-old market. The agency is keeping the winning idea under wraps, but has announced that Daisy Knibb beat close competition to the prize.

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