New Member: Tamlyn Currin

A childhood in a teetotal home in wine-free Zimbabwe, several years driving ancient landrovers in the African bush, a one-year trip to the UK that is still going on 22 years later, and over 10 years in IT, all naturally pointed the way to Tamlyn giving up her real job to work in wine. Armed with a WSET diploma but very little else, a chance meeting with Jancis in a school gym led to the opportu...
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New Member: Mike Turner

After escaping his previous life in banking, Mike began his wine blog, Please Bring Me My Wine, in 2014.  The last three years have been a massive learning curve as Mike got stuck into the WSET syllabus, making a comfy little home in social media, and developing his colloquial writing style to fit his audience.  Aside from this, he is a contributing writer for the online On-Trade magaz...
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New Member: Greg Dillon

As well as a writer of stories and recommendations around luxury spirits and fine dining for trade and consumer press titles, Greg works to help demystify whisky as a brand consultant, an international spirits competition judge, presenter of drinks events and online videos, and host of bespoke tastings. He works with some of the biggest businesses in the industry to help educate their staff, and...
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Five new committee members for 2017

Following the AGM on 25th May, the committee welcomed five new members for 2017 and bid farewell to four. The Circle members who were voted into the committee at the AGM are:   Linda Johnson-Bell (UK) Ted Lelekas (Greece) Elizabeth Palmer (Canada) Michele Shah (Italy) Sue Tolson (Hungary) Winifred Bowman was also voted in as Honorary Secret...
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New Member: David Kermode

David is a journalist, writer and broadcaster, with two decades of experience in print, online, TV and radio and a life-long love of wine, which inspired him to create Vinosaurus. David began his career in local journalism, became a radio broadcaster, then moved into TV, where he was editor of the award-winning BBC Breakfast, edited Channel 5 News and worked in senior roles at Sky and ITV. His p...
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New Member: Sumita Sarma

Sumita
Sumita Sarma has worked across various roles in the wine trade including sommelier services, marketing, vineyard and cellar work across Asia and England. An academic achiever in her previous title as a Chartered Accountant, her private tastings for members of her prior profession in Banking, aim at transcending professional barriers and connecting people through a common theme of palate explora...
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New showroom opens for Glass & Co/KBRH

Glass & Co has been a long time supporter of the Circle of Wine Writers supplying all the fine stemware for Circle tastings and events, and now members can go peruse their full collection in their new showroom opened in conjunction with sister-company KBRH Catering.  KBRH Catering supplies glassware, kitchenware, crockery and cutlery for the restaurant, bar and hotel industry and ...
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A man of many ports… Tim Stanley-Clarke Obituary

The late Tim Stanley-Clarke was known as a great man of port, legendary wit, mimic, prankster and connoisseur to many in the wine industry. Steve Pryer shares a tribute and obituary, and David Gower share's his fond memories, of their dear friend following his passing last month22nd June 2017.  Timothy Farrell Stanley-Clarke: born Crediton, Devon, 29th January 1947, died Nor...
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New release: Tasting Georgia

Carla Capalbo has now finished her new book, Tasting Georgia: a food and wine journey in the Caucasus, which was published in June 2017. It’s a food and wine guide to Georgia that travels all across the country meeting producers and includes 70 recipes from the people and restaurants she visited. 400 photos, 464 pages and hardback, full of her colour photos. Publishe...
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Wine Production & Quality wins Gourmand award

Congratulations to Keith Grainger and Hazel Tattersall who won the award for the No 1 Best Wine Book in the World for Professionals at the 22nd International Gourmand Awards for “Wine Production and Quality“. The award was won at Yantai, in China’s Shandong province on 27th and 28th May. Wine, drinks, food and cook books from some 211 countries were entered in the competition. The book is a com...
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