1. Heather Dougherty

    Crus Bourgeois 2013 selection tasting

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    I approached this tasting, on 24 September in London, with a little foreboding. I had not heard much positive news about the 2013 vintage in Bordeaux and feared being faced with a raft of green-tasting, thin wines. Either that or harshly extracted wines with oak in lieu of fruit. However,...
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    WSET alumni event 7 September

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    WSET is to host an event combining key industry speakers and a chance to network with colleagues from the wine industry. It will also be the launch of WSET’s revamped alumni program and is open and free to attend for all WSET Diploma holders. Where and when: Monday 7 September,...
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    100 AWEsome wines

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    Why 100 AWEsome Wines? Sometimes when you are faced with row upon row of enticing wines from faraway places and with meaningless names, a little bit of guidance can be helpful. Or if you are in a rut buying the same few wines every week and really want to try...
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    Success for AWE members

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    We are delighted to join  two AWE members in toasting their recent successes. Michelle Cherutti-Kowal has been confirmed as a Master of Wine, one of just 5 new MWs announced this year. The award is the highest accolade possible in the world of wine and requires years of dedicated study....
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    Brazilian AWE member secures WSET Diploma Honours

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    The AWE’s only member in Brazil, Tufi Neder Meyer PhD AIWS, has recently passed the WSET Level 5 Honours Diploma with Merit. He joins the select band of just 22 people in the world with this qualification. His project, ‘Critical analysis and possible expansion of Double Pruning and Winter Harvest (DPWH)...
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    AWE member’s sporting past

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    AWE member Sandie Leckie’s sporting achievements are being celebrated this week, with Scottish paper the Herald telling the story of his medal-winning success in fencing for Scotland. Sandie’s achievements are being marked by the award of an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University. You can read the Herald article in full...
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    AWE and Harpers

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    Helen Savage, elected to AWE Council at last year’s AGM, has successfully implemented a programme of regular articles by AWE members to the Harpers website. This is a great opportunity to boost our collective (and individual) profiles and we would like to encourage as many members as possible to participate....
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    Hangovers: what fresh hell is this?

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    Here we are again in January, the cruellest month, its icy hand beckoning us into the dark nights and grey days of deepest winter. Even if you’ve hardly touched a drop over the festive season, January can feel like one long hangover – from too much food, too much drink,...