The Benevolent’s David Cox to retire

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New member: Peter Ranscombe

Peter Ranscombe spent nine years as a journalist with The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh, writing about wine merchants, whisky distillers and craft brewers for the business desk. He became a freelance journalist and copywriter in 2014 and completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust diploma the following year. He is the wine columnist and drinks blogger for Scottish Field magazine, the drinks ...
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Vintage 2017: Italian harvest expectations

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Peter & Susie sparkle in a Big English Wine Adventure

Circle member and award-winning wine writer Peter Richards MW and fellow Master of Wine Susie Barrie have teamed up with Hattingley Valley to launch a charity-focused English wine initiative - The Big English Wine Adventure. Over the last year, they have been making a top-notch, small-production Hampshire Blanc de Blancs. At the same time, they are asking for help in not only selecting a c...
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LRIWWA winners and shortlist 2017

The Annual Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards (LRIWWA) have become some of the most respected wine industry awards in recent years. After months of reading and judging the many different entries from around the globe, the jury panel picked their winners and announced them at the awards ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Arts on 13 September. “As the results of the LRIWWA amply ...
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New Member: Clive Witcomb

Clive writes the wine column for a local newspaper in Birmingham, the Harborne, Edgbaston and Moseley Life (HEM-Life), in which he aims to bring the world of wine to as wide an audience as possible with an informative but accessible style of writing.  Clive is a regular speaker at wine-themed dinners and events, and also delivers wine training sessions for clients and their front line teams,...
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New Member: Alan Tardi

A freelance food and wine journalist with a culinary background, Alan Tardi has authored numerous articles for publications including The New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The Wine Spectator, Decanter, and Sommelier Journal. In 2003, Alan moved to the village of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region of Italy, where he spent several years working in the vineyards and wineries throu...
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Raymond Blake delves into the Côte-d’Or

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Peter Forrestal to publish book on the history of the Margaret River

Circle member, Peter Forrestal, is set to publish The Way it Was in November - a book on the history of the early days of the Margaret River wine industry. It is to be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the planting of the first vines in the region. Peter Forrestal and Ray Jordan are two of Western Australia's most high profile wine writers and have been close observers of the...
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Mick Rock wins Pink Lady photography award

Circle member and photographer Mick Rock took home the trophy for 'People' in the wine category at the prestigious Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, held on 25th April at the Mall Galleries in London, for his photo from the barrel room in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. The Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year awards have become one of the leading competitions for wine photography t...
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