Wine News

  1. Death of former AWE member Brian Wheaton MW

    By Heather Dougherty
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    On of our senior members, Christopher Fielden, has made us aware of the recent passing away of former AWE member, Brian Wheaton MW. I didn’t know Brian personally, but I’m sure his name will be familiar to those of you who have been members for longer than I have. He seems to have been an avid traveller as well as devoting time to educating and writing on wine and more. If any members have memories of Brian that they would like to share, please feel free to add a comment here.
  2. AWE At Love Wine Festival

    By Laura Clay
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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 members. This is the inaugural event for Love Wine, a new festival for wine lovers, set up by Nicola Everns, a highly experienced wine marketing professional, with AWE members Laura Clay and Richard Bampfield MW, both of whom will be presenting masterclasses throughout the two sessions. With high quality independent merchants and producers, generic bodies and importers exhibiting, Love Wine offers visitors an eclectic range of wines to taste as well as opportunities to learn. Find all the details here If you are an AWE member and wish to attend, please contact Laura.    
  3. Contemporary Wine Studies With A Difference

    By Laura Clay
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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 the book well: it’s informative and instructive yet throughout reminds us that wine is a pleasurable resource humanity is lucky to have access to. It doesn’t take you through regions and appellations, wine-making techniques and producers. Instead it investigates the role of wine in a social context and delves into the part humanity plays in all its facets, from production to labelling, from marketing to learning. It is available from Amazon  
  4. Fresh From France tasting 13th October

    By Heather Dougherty
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    Another event in the packed Autumn tasting diary which might be of interest to AWE members. The 7th annual Fresh from France tasting takes place next Tuesday 13th October at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY. The tasting will showcase a diverse and varied selection of French wines from small independent producers predominantly new to the UK trade. Representing over 30 wine producers from throughout France, the event – run by marketing and communications agency Sopexa UK and part-funded by the French Ministry of Agriculture – offers visitors the chance to taste wines from small independent wine growers looking for an importer or seeking new distribution in the UK. To find out more or to register for the tasting, visit: www.freshfromfrancetasting.com