Dates for your diary

16 May, 2008

May 20-22 London International Wine Fair and Distil, Excel London, Victoria Docks, London (

June 2 Sweet Bordeaux food and wine matching lunch hosted by the Union des Grands Vins Liquoreux de Bordeaux, The Thomas Cubitt, Victoria, London (

June 3 The Independent Winegrowers Association of Portugal will present a window on Portugal's best white wines from across the country, the Portuguese Embassy, Belgrave Square, London


June 3 Sogrape's Callabriga Vertical Tasting, Berry Bros & Rudd, St James's, London (

June 5 Stone, Vine & Sun Portfolio Tasting, The Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London (

June 5 Wines Of Chile Focus Tasting, The Simpson Room, Waterstones, Piccadilly, 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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