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James Lawrence travels to Chablis, Domaine Laroche and experiences Les Grands Jours De Bourgogne

Published:  16 April, 2014

I still remember my first sip of Chablis. It was not a very auspicious occasion. Years ago, when I knew absolutely sod all about wine, I thought I'd show off and order a Chablis from my local restaurant's wine list. "Chablis is world famous," I told my friend, "so it's bound to be good." The bottle duly arrived (I forget the grower) and it tasted, well, like nothing basically. Thin, weedy and tart, the wine was a crushing disappointment and did Chablis a great disservice -  like buying an expensive holiday to the Bahamas and ending up at Mrs' Jones guesthouse in Rhyl.

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English Wine Week unveils new brand and image for 2014

Published:  04 April, 2014

A new logo has been produced to help English Wine Producers promote and celebrate English Wine Week which takes place between May 24 and June 1 across the UK. 

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Geoffrey Dean discovers the hidden wonders of Swiss wine

Published:  02 April, 2014

One of the impediments to drinking Swiss wine is that you struggle to find it outside Switzerland, even in London. Swiss people not only love consuming their national wines, but are also happy to pay what are often high prices for them, and who, therefore, can blame Swiss winemakers for sticking to their domestic market? A paltry 5% or so of Swiss wine is exported, leaving very little for foreign consumers to get their hands on.

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Get your five a day with new vegetable cocktail range

Published:  02 April, 2014

Those struggling to get through their five or seven fresh vegetables a day might want to try a new range of vegetable cocktails from mixologist Thomas Weinberger of Barschule München.

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Have we made an (April) fool out of you?

Published:  01 April, 2014

Just in case you have not realised, but we thought it was only fair to own up and admit a couple of the stories on today's news feed are not quite what they seem.

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Les Dauphins becomes a million bottle brand in the UK and around the world

Published:  01 April, 2014

Les Dauphins, the Rhone brand from Cellier des Dauphins, is now selling over a million bottles in the UK and a million bottles around the world as it continues to expand in to new countries.

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Bees could help speed up the ageing of wine finds new research

Published:  01 April, 2014

Two of England's high profile Masters of Wine have announced a radical new method of accelerating the ageing of wine - with the help of a hive of bees.

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MW students to be voted either "in" or "out" by final BBC Voice-style judging panel

Published:  01 April, 2014

Final year Masters of Wine students will have to face the wine trade's equivalent of the BBC's The Voice in order to stand a chance of being accepted in to the Institute of Masters of Wine.

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Did we make a (April) fool out of you?

Published:  01 April, 2014
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Heston Blumenthal to take Fat Duck and Dinner to Melbourne

Published:  31 March, 2014

Heston Blumenthal is to close his three Michelin star restaurant, the Fat Duck, and re-open it in Melbourne, Australia as part of a six-month deal with the Crown Melbourne Resort. When it returns to the UK it will be replaced by his other UK Michelin restaurant, Dinner.

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Over 200 restaurants, bars and merchants back natural wine in April for Real Wine Fair

Published:  31 March, 2014

Natural and biodynamic wines are being included on over 200 wine lists and shelves of independent merchants throughout April as part of a nationwide promotion to bring attention to the Real Wine Fair that takes place in London on April 13-14.

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Matua introduces new Legends range to its New Zealand wine portfolio

Published:  31 March, 2014

New Zealand winery, Matua, is introducing a new premium range of wines in to its key UK and European markets called Matua Lands & Legends.

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Wines of Brazil hopes official World Cup wine will help boost its wines sales in the UK

Published:  28 March, 2014

Wines of Brazil hopes the release of a new limited edition official licensed wine for the FIFA World Cup will bring added attention to all the country's wines in the UK and all its key export markets around the world.

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Geoffrey Dean reveals his 12 wine discoveries at "best ever" ProWein

Published:  28 March, 2014

"It was the best Prowein ever...we had four people working on our stand and we were swamped. A lot of new countries and companies wanted to do business, and we hardly had time to go to the bathroom." Those were the words of Raimund Prum, owner/winemaker of leading Mosel producer, S.A. Prum, following another hugely successful three days of Prowein in Dusseldorf. Move over Vinexpo, he could have added, for Prowein has now displaced it as the premier global wine fair.

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Drinkaware's Derek Lewis to head up Community Alcohol Partnerships scheme

Published:  28 March, 2014

Derek Lewis, the former head of Drinkaware, has been appointed chair of the Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP)scheme as it hopes to ramp up its impact in troubled drinking areas of the UK.

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Jancis Robinson and Justin Howard-Sneyd part of speaker line-up at UK's first cool climate event

Published:  28 March, 2014

Leading UK wine trade figures, Jancis Robinson MW and Justin Howard-Sneyd, are two of the speakers that have been announced for the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium which takes place in the UK for the first time between May 26 and May 28, 2016.

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Published:  28 March, 2014
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Katie Jones of Domaine Jones on the adventure of making her own wines in the Languedoc

Published:  28 March, 2014

Katie Jones, owner of Domaine Jones, tells Heather Dougherty about her journey from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Fitou in Languedoc and from marketing other people's wines to making her own.

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Call My Wine Bluff hopes to top £1m in money raised at May 8 event

Published:  27 March, 2014

Call My Wine Bluff, founded by UK wine trade consultant Jerry Lockspeiser, hopes to again raise much needed money for AcionAid when it takes place on May 8 in London's Gibson Hall.

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Published:  27 March, 2014
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