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  1. 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  
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Australia Day Tastings 2017

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    Members of AWE are invited to register for the Australia Day Tastings in January 2017. The Australia Day Tasting, the largest trade tasting of Australian wine in Europe, returns to London, Edinburgh and Dublin in January 2017. Across the three tastings, there will be over 1000 wines, from nearly 200 different wineries and brands, presented by around eighty exhibitors. Highlights include: – Jim Barry Wines will be showcasing the new Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2016, Australia’s first commercial wine made from the Greek grape variety. – Thistledown, Wine & Spirit Magazine’s Australian “winery to watch” in 2016, will be launching the Blewitt Springs Grenache 2016 whilst Bob Berton will be presenting Berton Vineyards’ new Winemakers Reserve Fiano 2016. – Bird in Hand Winery will also be introducing their range, soon to be available through Seckford Agencies. The Australia Day Tasting takes place in London (24 January), Edinburgh (26 January, Australia Day) and Dublin (30 January). Registration is now open at: London: www.bit.ly/LondonADT Edinburgh: www.bit.ly/EdinburghADT Dublin: www.bit.ly/DublinADT