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English effervescence

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Small but beautiful: the return of London Wine Fair

Colin Hampden-White celebrates the small, but beautiful, return of London Wine Fair earlier this month. It was so good to see the London Wine Fair return this year. I have read various accounts of how this year was very small, and the number of visitors was down on previous years. This all may be true, but I think it was all the better for it.  Most visitors come to London Wine Fair for two of t...
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Vale Terry Dunleavy MBE, JP

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Ambassadorial knowledge acquisition

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Meet the Friend: Sylvia Petz

Sylvia Petz is a Friend of the Circle with her prominent, and eponymously named, agency in Austria. In our Meet the Friend interview, we discover why she realised the value of top-quality Austrian wine at a young age and how she strives to drive forward organic wine production through her agency.   How did you get into wine? My grandfather already attached great importance to good wine at ...
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Meet the Member: Jochen Erler

A regular contributor to The Circular, Jochen Erler got in to wine writing while living in England, after a career in academia and the international civil service. He has written for Harpers and many other London-based wine publications, and has been the foreign correspondent for Austria’s WeinBau, as well writing for various German wine magazines. Nowadays, he writes for Dionysos, the magazine of...
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Contemplating the future of wine writing from the Gourmand Awards in Umeå

Keith Grainger heads to Sweden to receive a prestigious Gourmand Award, a couple of awards in fact, and shares his thoughts on the future of wine writing.  The 2022 Gourmand Awards Ceremony took place from June 1st to 5th in Umeå, together with the International Food Symposium. I was delighted to receive an award, and also make two presentations at the symposium.  Umeå is in the north of Sweden a...
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Bringing small scale to the big stage: Some Chilean highlights from London Wine Fair

Amanda Barnes dives back into Chile, in London, while visiting the niche producers who came to London Wine Fair to share their old vines and artisanal wines. There was one particular corner of London Wine Fair I was keen to taste through earlier this month. Although there were some exciting and diverse samplings from Greece, Georgia and Uzbekistan, it was the unassuming stand of ProChile that off...
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Caroline Gilby MW awarded Wine Personality of the Balkans 2022

Caroline Gilby wins award
Balkans wine expert Caroline Gilby MW was named "Wine Personality of the Balkans" during the official gala dinner after the end of the successful 11th edition of The Balkans International Wine Competition (BIWC). "It was a great honour to receive this award at the Balkans International Wine Competition," says Gilby. "After so many years of tasting, narrating, and writing about wines from the Balk...
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Markus Hungerbühler becomes Chevaliers de la Confrérie de Tastevin

Circle member Markus Hungerbühler has become a Chevalier de la Confrérie de Tastevin, part of an exclusive fraternity in Burgundy. He was introduced to the Confrèrie des Chevaliers du Tastevin by fellow members and Chevaliers Vivienne Franks and Sue Eames. He shares some of his thoughts on the region: "A few years ago, I was able to visit Burgundy with the importer of Joseph Drouhin wines. We vis...
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