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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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Foot trodden wine and talhas in Alentejo: Simon J Woolf and Ryan Opaz kickstart their new book

Exploring the foot trodden and handmade wines of Portugal, Simon J Woolf and Ryan Opaz's new book, Foot Trodden, is being funded and brought to life through a Kickstarter campaign which is live now. In this extract, Simon explores the wines of the Alentejo region in southern Portugal, and, in particular, those that are made in talha clay pots.   The best way to understand Alentejo’s stron...
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The good, the bad and the ugly: Wine book publishing

Good bag ugly of publishing wine books
Simon J Woolf explores the good, the bad and the ugly in the world of publishing wine books. Interviewing several wine writers about their experiences, he shares the highs and lows of publishing a wine book comparing the self-publishing and traditional publisher route. As author of his own very successful self-published book, Amber Revolution, he also shares his experiences and plans to write anot...
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The story of English wine moves on…

Sussex by the Glass cover
Not UK wine, not English wine but Sussex wine – that's the uniquely specific subject of the latest book to focus on a fine modern product that now puts Britain firmly among the world's serious wine nations. Sussex by the Glass: Wines, vines and two pioneering families, by Circle member Liz Sagues, will be published on March 8. The choice of International Women's Day for the launch is deliberate...
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Meet the Member: Megumi Nishida

Megumi Nishida
Megumi Nishida has been working in wine in Japan since the 1990s and in this Meet the Member interview, Amanda Barnes finds out how the wine industry has evolved there over this time. Megumi also shares why she has always been a fan of Alsace, her views on Japanese wine, and leaves us with a thought-provoking wine Haiku.   What's your earliest memory in wine? My mother was born in Yamanash...
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Un coup de pied dans la derrière: Steven Spurrier’s famed Judgement of Paris

A life in wine Steven spurrier
Steven Spurrier has many feathers to his bow as one of the most influential figures in the modern wine world, from founding the Academie du Vin and Christie’s Wine Course, to authoring several landmark books. However, there’s one event for which he’s known worldwide – the famed Judgement of Paris. This is the pivotal tasting that we focus on in this extract from his memoir A Life in Wine.   ...
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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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Atlantic wines & The wines of Portugal

Wines of Portugal book
Richard Mayson has penned six wine books and his latest, The Wines of Portugal, is now his third tome on this often overlooked wine country. Mayson expertly guides the reader through the fascinating history of Portuguese wine from the arrival of the Phoenicians in 800 BC through to the regulations and DOCs of today's wine industry, via Portugal's many wars and vinous detours. An in-depth guide to ...
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Meet the Friend: Kate Sweet, Limm PR

Kate Sweet PR interview
Kate Sweet has been 'wine curious' ever since she can remember and today is one of the leading PRs in the drinks industry, working at Limm Communications with a range of brands and clients from vintage Cognac to grower Champagne. In this interview, we discover why she's desperate to enjoy a glass of rosé overlooking the Med very soon, but will take a pass on the Gewürztraminer.   What bro...
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Memoirs of a Freeloader: Stephen Brook’s vinous highlights

Memoirs of a Freeloader
Having written approaching 40 books on wine, Stephen Brook, also a contributing editor at Decanter, now turns his attention to recounting his own vast and varied experiences in relation to the vine in his book titled Memoirs of a Freeloader. This vinous autobiography charts his transition to wine writing from being a commissioning editor, and cleverly captures what really goes on behind the scenes...
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