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  1. AWESOME ride for The Benevolent

    By Linda Simpson
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    A huge thank you to all who supported and sponsored me on Sunday.   The day started well when I was handed a glass of Bloomsbury by Mardi at Ridgeview Winery. Apparently sparkling wine is great Ride Fuel! I needed it – and the bacon butty –  as I joined the medium pace group, which was actually “Quite Quick Group” with Phil Tuck (man or machine?!)  leading us and going like the clappers. Just over half way and having climbed Leith Hill, we were welcomed at Denbies with cake, flapjack and rehydration tabs. Onwards to Box Hill before descending (mostly) into London and to our finish line at Treasury Wine Estates where we enjoyed a fabulous BBQ and drinks at the Cabbage Patch Pub. The STATS: 104 km total distance 24 kmh average speed (about 16mph in old money!) 64.1 km maximum speed (downhill) 4 hrs 21m 1,175 m elevation gain TIRED LEGS! It is fair to say that David Cox was overwhelmed by the support of riders, hosts and organisers who put the event together in order to raise funds for The Benevolent and remember Dan Townsend. THANKS VERY MUCH AWE Linda A message from David….   Dear Riders and everyone else involved in yesterday’s event,   My apologies for adding to the flurry of emails that have been circulating this morning but I wanted to reiterate the huge thanks that I tried to articulate yesterday afternoon at the wonderful BBQ and reception provided so generously by TWE at the […]
  2. Sherry programme – opportunity for WSET Educators

    By Heather Dougherty
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    Sherry programme – opportunity for WSET Educators   We are happy to share the opportunity for WSET Educators to attend the Sherry Consejo Regulador’s own educator programme in Jerez this autumn. Very generously, the Consejo is offering WSET Educators places free of charge for this course on a first-come first-served basis. The course will run 18-20 October, and participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Only 25 places are available so we ask that only one Educator per APP applies and that this person should have passed WSET’s Educator Training Programme.   Register now: • For more details and to book onto the course, please email the Consejo Regulador directly: vinjerez@sherry.org  
  3. Australian Alternative Varieties Tasting

    By Heather Dougherty
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    Members of AWE are invited to register for Wine Australia’s Alternative Varieties Tasting on Wednesday 28 June 2017. Over the last two decades, there’s been a surge in plantings of alternative varieties. Mediterranean varieties like Fiano and Tempranillo as well as more unusual varieties like Assyrtiko and Saperavi are finding a second home and unique expression in Australia. This event is Wine Australia’s largest free-pour tasting of 2017, with around 100 wines on show. Varieties include Aglianico, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Friulano, Gruner Veltliner, Lagrein, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola, Roussanne and Sangiovese. Some highlights… Saperavi – made by less than 20 of Australia’s 2800 producers Arneis from the cool Southern Highlands An aromatic field blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Kerner from Eden Valley Taminga from Murray Darling and Teroldego from Adelaide Hills Sign up to experience the new wave of Australian wine and find out why it’s such an exciting time for the region. Registration is open for the trade at: www.bit.ly/AVT2017 Wednesday 28 June 2017 11:30am – 5pm Australia House The Strand London WC2B 4LA
  4. Masterclass celebrating 20 years of Château Haut Condissas

    By Heather Dougherty
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    AWE members are invited to attend a masterclass to mark the twentieth anniversary of the commercialisation of Domaines Rollan de By’s super-premium wine Château Haut Condissas, AOC Médoc. This “Haute Couture” wine is produced by applying meticulous viticultural and winemaking techniques. At a number of international blind tastings, the wine rivals certain Grands Crus Classés thanks to its fine and elegant characteristics. Julie Guyon, co-owner of the estate and Olivier Dauga, consultant winemaker will be hosting a masterclass, with a fabulous selection of vintages from the last 20 years. This will be a unique occasion to learn about how this highly-acclaimed wine came to life 20 years ago and has become one of the jewels of the Medoc. DATE: Friday 24th March 2017 TIME: 9.30 am – 11.30 am VENUE: 67 Pall Mall London SW1Y 5ES Private Club, Dress Code: jacket for men, no sports trainers please R.S.V.P: Before 15th March 2017 by email: jo@bellevillemarketing.com