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  1. 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
  2. Cool Climate Wine Symposium 2016

    By Hugo Read
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    Tickets are now on sale for the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS), which will take place in the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton on Saturday May 28th 2016. As the major international forum on the production and marketing of wines from cool climate regions it is likely to attract many key people from the international wine community. The symposium takes place approximately every four years, the last one being in Hobart in 2012. The ICCWS brings in delegates and speakers from all over the world, being primarily aimed at winemakers, viticulturist, educators and academics as well as the wine trade and press. For more information and to register interest in the symposium, visit their website at www.iccws2016.com.  
  3. France’s 10 Richest Wine Producers

    By Laura Clay
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    It’s a well-known fact that it’s not easy to make anything more than a comfortable living if you make wine. The idea of owning a vineyard, growing grapes, fermenting them into something utterly delicious and selling them all around the world sounds perfect. Idyllic. But, and it’s a big one, we shouldn’t forget the weather, the paperwork, the costs, the extra costs, the extraneous costs not to mention the unsophisticated palate of anyone who doesn’t like your wine. But there are those who have realised the dream – and then some! Check out France’s 10 richest wine producers  http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/richest-french-wine-chateau-owners-revealed-271238/  
  4. Champagne Ambassador Finalist

    By Laura Clay
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    Congratulations to AWE Chairman, Heather Dougherty, for being one of three finalists shortlisted for the UK Champagne Ambassador competition. The first stage was far from easy with in-depth questions and essays on the subject of champagne and the area. The second stage, equally daunting,  involves presenting 4 champagnes to a panel of high profile judges on the theme of The Role of Reserve Wines in the Art of Blending, which takes place in September. Should Heather be successful she will then go forward to represent the UK at the European competition in Epernay in October. We wish her every success. To find out more about the competition and to follow Heather’s progress go to http://www.lesambassadeursduchampagne.com/en/