1. Laura Clay

    Olivier Dauga – Le Faiseur de Vin

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    Winemaker, consultant and wearer of natty shirts, Olivier Dauga, is a firm believer and advocate of sustainability and organic farming. Much of his work is based in and around Bordeaux with Univitis although his own property, Foncadaure, is further south in Roussillon and he consults for Vignerons Catalans, too. I...
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    Benevolent Quiz

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    AWE is putting a team in for the Benevolent Quiz on 12th April to help raise funds for our trade charity. Last year we did very well coming in 2nd place, but, of course, winning is of no importance whatsoever, it’s the taking part and having fun which counts. Mostly....
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    AWE At Love Wine Festival

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    AWE will be exhibiting at Love Wine at the Hotel du Vin in Birmingham on 7th November. Showing a range of wines selected from the 100 AWESOME Wines brochure, Heather Dougherty and Linda Simpson will be guiding visitors on how to taste and  introducing them to the AWE and its...
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    Contemporary Wine Studies With A Difference

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    AWE member, Professor Gareth Morgan along with his colleague Richard Tresidder, have published a fascinating book which looks at wine in a social context giving the reader the incentive to think about the part wine plays in the world today. Its double title, Contemporary Wine Studies: Dancing with Bacchus illustrates...
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    France’s 10 Richest Wine Producers

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    It’s a well-known fact that it’s not easy to make anything more than a comfortable living if you make wine. The idea of owning a vineyard, growing grapes, fermenting them into something utterly delicious and selling them all around the world sounds perfect. Idyllic. But, and it’s a big one,...
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    Champagne Ambassador Finalist

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    Congratulations to AWE Chairman, Heather Dougherty, for being one of three finalists shortlisted for the UK Champagne Ambassador competition. The first stage was far from easy with in-depth questions and essays on the subject of champagne and the area. The second stage, equally daunting,  involves presenting 4 champagnes to a...
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    AWE member writes Bordeaux book

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    Wendy Narby, AWE member based in Bordeaux has written a book about her specialist subject and her home territory. Called Bordeaux Bootcamp, it is a hugely informative introduction to the area, the AOC’s, the people and, of course , the wines, with maps and photos making it one of the most...
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    Launching 100 AWEsome Wines

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    Today the AWE announces the launch of the 100 AWEsome Wines initiative – available in a handy A5 booklet and soon online on the AWE website. The aim is to help consumers get better value from the money they spend on wine.  100 wines have been personally selected by a number...