Wine News

  1. 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/    
  2. AWE member writes Bordeaux book

    By Laura Clay
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    Wendy Narby, AWE member based in Bordeaux has written a book about her specialist subject and her home territory. Called Bordeaux Bootcamp, it is a hugely informative introduction to the area, the AOC’s, the people and, of course , the wines, with maps and photos making it one of the most approachable and accessible books on the area, ideal for beginners. Written particularly for the clients she guides round wineries of the region, Wendy was encouraged by colleagues to make Bordeaux Bootcamp available to anyone interested in wine and the area. It is now downloadable using this link https://gumroad.com/l/UwQPx and also from Amazon Kindle at only 5.99 euros.  For AWE members, there is a 20% discount. Email Wendy for the code.
  3. AWE sponsored study trip to Alsace

    By Hugo Read
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    Several members of the AWE have recently returned from a study trip to Alsace, sponsored by CIVA (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace). The trip was led by AWE Council Member Helen Savage and was focused on visiting several producers over three solid days, covering all three types of producer; ie small independents, large houses and co-operatives. This type of sponsored study tour is vital for members to keep their knowledge current and helps keep AWE members at the forefront of wine education. Helen’s general observations on the trip can be found in the AWE blog in this post, plus there are several other posts to be found in the blog on the producer visits that took place.  
  4. WSET alumni event 7 September

    By Heather Dougherty
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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, 6.30pm for a 7pm start, at Vinopolis London. Attendance for WSET alumni is free, but you must register your attendance. Further details and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wset-alumni-insight-series-london-registration-17395076141?dm_i=E6Y,3J58O,3QS525,CPL7X,1