Peter and Susie’s Wine Festival Winchester moves online

Peter Richards MW and Susie Barrie MW are inviting members to join in their annual Wine Festival Winchester, which this year is going online! Taking place on Saturday 28th November, the day is packed with delicious online wine masterclasses curated via the festival’s website www.thewinefestival.co.uk "We’ve taken our Wine Festival Winchester online, in the spirit of positivity – trying to su...
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Let’s talk about self-publishing

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Welcome to the world of lockdown wine webinars

Liz Sagues discovers how despite lockdown the wine world still keeps spinning, bringing producers and writers together via a new format of wine tasting and seminar: the wine webinar. She recaps some of her highlights from last month, including the Circle's own series 'Let's talk about...' Spring in Sussex was, for me, due to be punctuated by wine trips to Portugal and the Loire Valley. Of course,...
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A look at 2019 Chianti Classico

Chianti wine region
John Salvi MW attends Chianti Classico Collection 2020 and crafts his conclusions on the 2019 vintage by digging deep into the factors that have delivered a generous yield of wonderful wines.  A record number of producers turned out at the 2020 edition of Chianti Classico Collection, and more than ever before showed their new vintage – the 2019. There were 56 producers pouring 2019s at the Stazio...
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Shedding light on Slovakian wine

Jochen Erler, who first reported on Slovakian wine in the mid-90s, reflects on the country’s wines after judging at the 2019 edition of Slovakia’s National Wine Competition, held in Pezinok. Pezinok is a pleasant town in the foothills of the Little Carpathian mountain range, reflecting its Austro-Hungarian past in its architecture, and showing a lifestyle á la Vienna with cafés busy all day arou...
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Canada Condensed

Okanagan wine festival
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Our Christmas Party – a real cracker from New Zealand!

What a superb evening members were treated to on Monday (9th December) at the Circle Christmas Party courtesy of Chris Stroud and New Zealand Winegrowers. The Penthouse at New Zealand House was buzzing as 100+ members, guests and our many friends in the trade enjoyed 16 wines from 12 different varieties and styles, complemented with delicious canapes by Circle member Roger Jones (plus Sue and the ...
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Circle Summer Party 2019

Members and friends enjoyed a warm summer's evening by the Thames on Monday 8th July.  This was the first event held by the Circle at this time of year, or for some time, and provided a great opportunity for people to meet up before the 'summer recess'. Our sponsors were Louis Latour Agencies who served four wines perfect for a warm evening - bubbles from Burgundy, a Vermentino from Banfi (cong...
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Circle Tasting: 20th anniversary of Minervois-La Lavinière

Neil Fairlamb and Richard Lane (a guest at the tasting) collaborate to celebrate the progress made in 20 years of Minervois-La Lavinière in bringing elegance to the Languedoc. The tasting took place on June 16 at the Naval Club in Mayfair. The Naval Club in London`s Mayfair seemed a world away from the craggy windswept foothills of the Montagne Noire in Languedoc`s Aude Valley that Richard Lane ...
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