Wine News

  1. Wink Lorch hosting webinar on Jura wines

    By Heather Dougherty
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    AWE founder member and Jura wine expert, Wink Lorch, will host a webinar for members of the Wine Scholar Guild this coming Wednesday 13th July at 5pm UK time (6pm central European time). Those of you who are members of the Wine Scholar Guild (formerly the French Wine Society) can access the webinar for free, either live or via “catch up” at a later date. Once you have logged into the Wine Scholar Guild website, you can read more about the webinar here:  https://www.winescholarguild.org/upcoming-member-webinars/event/396-the-wines-of-the-jura
  2. AWE member seminar 6 July

    By Heather Dougherty
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    More details about this seminar, to be held at Senate House in London, and a booking form will be sent out via Andrea very soon, but in the meantime, please do hold 6 July in your diaries for: From 11am – sensory perception and wine tasting seminar, led by Professor Barry Smith, University of London 1pm sandwich lunch 2pm Sake masterclass, led by Marie Cheong-Thong, AWE member and Sake specialist The day should finish by 4.30pm and the cost to attend the whole day will be £15 for members.  
  3. The Champagne Academy celebrates 60 years

    By Heather Dougherty
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    Last night at a dinner at The Lanesborough Hotel in London, The Champagne Academy celebrated its 60th anniversary and launched the 2016 programme of its annual Champagne Academy Course trip to Champagne in June. As in all previous years, the 2016 trip will provide a unique and in-depth Champagne education experience, including lectures by the Principals and winemakers of Grande Marque Champagne Houses, visits to their vineyards, press houses, cellars and bottling plants, and an unrivalled range of tutored tastings. Alongside delivering unforgettable experiences, education is very much the focus of the course and candidates sit daily tests and a final exam, on successful completion of which they are awarded the prestigious Champagne Academy Diploma and invited to join The Champagne Academy. The Champagne Academy was established in 1956 in recognition of the UK and Ireland as key markets for Champagne, and to encourage the appreciation of Grandes Marques Champagnes within the wine trades in these countries. Its prime objective is to educate members of the trade who would not otherwise be able to study Champagne in depth. The organisation is a gathering of top flight Champagne Houses, co-operating in a unique way to put Grandes Marques Champagnes and the region first, before the interests of individual Houses. The 16 participating Houses are: Bollinger, Charles Heidsieck, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Heidsieck Monopole, Krug, Lanson, Laurent Perrier, Moët & Chandon, GH Mumm & Co, Perrier-Jouët, Piper Heidsieck, Pommery, Pol Roger, Louis Roederer, Ruinart and Taittinger. Each year 16 people working in the UK […]
  4. Exeter Festival of Food & Drink

    By Linda Simpson
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    22 – 24th April 2016 The Festival is an annual event held in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens, right in the centre of Exeter. Taking place over three days, the Festival also includes two evening Festival After Dark Events featuring live music, wine tasting, chef demos and a great atmosphere. Now in its 13th year, the 2015 festival attracted around 20,000 visits, with people flocking to Exeter to indulge in top-notch South West food and drink, see national TV celebrities, to learn from the many cookery demonstrations and workshops and to enjoy family hands-on activities. 2016 promises even more!