Diversity Scholarships programme receives 42 applicants

42 wine students from 23 different nationalities applied for the Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships programme, which has been designed to find and promote future role models from BAME / BIPOC communities globally to reach the very top levels of the wine industry and stand as torch bearers, encouraging students from these communities to consider a career in wine.  Applicants includ...
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New Member: Chris Foulkes

Chris Foulkes
Chris Foulkes is an editor and publisher specialising in wine. With Carrie Segrave, he runs Segrave Foulkes Publishers – also Berry Bros. & Rudd Press in partnership with the London wine merchants. BB&R Press publishes Inside Burgundy by Jasper Morris (2010; second edition 2021) and Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson (2020), plus other titles and ebooks. Chris began publishing as head of Mitch...
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Tribute to Steven Spurrier (1941 – 2021)

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Golden Vines Awards & Gerard Basset Foundation launch diversity scholarships for wine trade

Golden Vines Awards launches diversity scholarships for wine trade
A new awards ceremony, Golden Vines Awards, is set to celebrate ‘star performers in the fine wine industry’ as well as raise money for diversity scholarships and inclusion-oriented wine education programmes through The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation. The Awards is being organised by Liquid Icons, a fine wine research and production company which was founded by the late Gerard ...
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Jo Burzynska achieves PhD for ‘Tuning Sensory Terroir’

Dr Jo Burzynska has now completed and been awarded a PhD, for her thesis entitled: Tuning Sensory Terroir: Mapping correspondences between sound and wine. This was a creative and empirical investigation of crossmodal correspondences - the systematic association of sensory features from different modalities - which identified a number of correspondences between sonic/musical properties and wine ...
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The Drinks Trust welcomes a new Chair and Patrons

The Drinks Trust has welcomed a new Chair of the Board of Trustees, Troy Christensen, as well as three new Patrons, Ian Burrell, Becky Paskin and Jaega Wise. Troy Christensen joined the charity’s Board of Trustees in 2018, having been a long-standing supporter of The Drinks Trust both personally and through his company Enotria&Coe. Christensen brings extensive expertise as an industry busines...
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New Member: Elizabeth Gabay MW

Elizabeth Gabay MW Circle of Wine Writers
Elizabeth Gabay has worked in wine for 35 years, starting as an importer – moving on to education and consultancy. Passing the MW in 1998, she was somewhat overwhelmed by two children and the subsequent move to rural France in 2002. Since then, Elizabeth has continued as an educator for the IMW and Wine Scholar Guild, as a consultant and writer, specialising in the wines of southern France (Proven...
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Paula Sidore launches TRINK

Circle member and wine writer Paula Sidore has recently launched a new wine magazine TRINK — the world's first English language digital publication dedicated to the wines of South Tyrol, Austria, Germany, and German Switzerland, four regions linked by far more than language alone. TRINK trains a close eye on identity through a mix of fresh news angles, unexpected pairings and bottle picks, as ...
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The Drinks Trust launches trade survey

As part of its continuing work to help everyone working in the drinks industry, the Drinks Trust carrying out its first-ever trade survey, seeking further information about the effect of Covid-19 and other current issues on individuals. The aim, says the Trust, is 'to establish how members of the hospitality and drinks industries are feeling, what their concerns are and to better understand what t...
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Occitanie Wine School launches series of educational videos

During these quiet months, Bureau de la Région Occitanie UK has been busy on its new initiative to support wine trade professionals who haven’t had the usual essential tastings, training and travel to enjoy. A new series of Occitanie Wine School videos has been swiftly filmed, to let them watch and learn anytime, anywhere in just five to ten minutes. Each video is a compact, fast facts guide on a...
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