Caroline Henry wins Terres et Vins de Champagne Award

Champagne-specialist Caroline Henry became the first woman to be recognised with a Terres et Vins de Champagne Award last month, in its ten-year history. The prize is given by a group of growers to one individual each year who has made a significant difference in the Champagne industry, and Henry was recognised for 'defending the terroirs and sustainable viticulture in Champagne'. Henry is a...
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Three CWW members take to the highlands for Scotch mini-series

Three CWW members and drinks enthusiasts - Colin Hampden-White (CWW Chairman), Helena Nicklin (CWW Committee member) and Adrian Smith - are heading to the highlands this summer to record a three-part video series on Scotch whisky. In “The Three Drinkers Do Scotch,” the trio of presenters will explore the world of whisky and offer ‘edutainment' in the form of three 30-minute episodes on the produc...
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Liz Sagues presents a celebration of English wine

The UK's world-renowned sparkling wine, and its increasingly good still counterpart, is much neglected in books directed at non-specialist wine consumers. Circle member Liz Sagues fills that gap with A Celebration of English Wine (Robert Hale, rrp £16.99), a story which begins with the Romans and carries on to the current successes and future challenges of Britain's fastest-growing agricultural se...
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New Member: Andrea Frost

Andrea Frost is an award-winning writer, columnist, author and speaker. Her writing has been described more closely as 'an evening with a particularly erudite and witty dinner companion' and her approach to wine is known for often touching on philosophy and culture. Andrea is a columnist for JancisRobinson.com and the World of Fine Wine and has contributed to TimAtkin.com, Gourmet Traveller Win...
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Steven Spurrier to publish memoirs

Steven Spurrier is publishing his memoirs with Adelphi, set for release at the end of May. Wine, a Way of Life follows Spurrier's long and esteemed career in the wine industry, recalling memories from age 13 and his very first sip of Cockburn’s 1908 through to the relaunch of the Academie du Vin in Paris in 2016. A formidable professional in the wine industry, Spurrier's career spans over 50 ye...
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A strong Tuscan Message in a Bottle from small consortiums

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New Member: Maggie McNie MW

Maggie joined the wine trade in 1973 working for for International Distillers and Vintners (now part of Diageo), and as wine buyer for British Transport Hotels and the Mal Maison Wine Club. Since becoming Master of Wine in 1986, she has worked as a wine consultant, organising wine lists and writing PR. Maggie has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the trade. She lectures on the trade exam...
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New Member: Adrian Smith

Adrian is a fresh face in the wine and spirits industry, with a particular focus on the modern and explorative drinker. Adrian aims to create a fun and approachable mindset to wine and spirits through his interactive guides, ABC education, masterclasses and anti-snobbery approach. As the wine and spirits columnist for The Independent, alongside being at the helm of the world's #1 millennial drink...
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Timo Jokinen honoured as Grand Officier Maître Sommelier

Congratulations to Timo Jokinen for being honoured as a Grand Officier Maître Sommelier by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Following over 30 years in the wine sector, Jokinen (aged 62) was chosen for this prestigious title, of which there are only a total of five Grand Officiers in the world. A Circle of Wine Writers member since 2005, Timo Jokinen is a wine writer, importer, educator, wine fair org...
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World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly 2017 announced

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