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LWF smaller but more focused

The 2017 London Wine Fair (LWF) is the leading wine fair in the UK.
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The 2017 London Wine Fair (LWF) is the leading wine fair in the UK. However over the last decade it has shrunk from a huge sprawling wine show to rival Germany's Prowein and France's Vinexpo. The days of it being an international show have gone, recently the focus has been on the UK on and off trade. The move from the cavernous halls at Excel to Londons Olympia has made it easier for London’s restaurateurs to attend. But the loss of international attendees has put some companies off. Either way this was the smallest show since its high point in 2007, but as a show that meets the needs of the UK trade, it was spot on.

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Brexit debate raises concern for the hospitality industry

The risk to the UK wine sector looks minimal, but the whisky trade and restaurants are at risk.
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This week at the London Wine Fair industry professionals have been debating Brexit. Of course, the UK’s wine exports to Europe are minuscule and so Brexit has little concern for UK wine producers. However the UK imports around £2 billion of wine. While it is unlikely that Europe will get in the way of this trade, the UK exports a similar amount of whisky to Europe so a trade war would be as painful for both parties if it happened. Moving to WTO trade tariffs under the Tory premise that “no deal is better than a bad deal” is less an issue for the drinks sector than others, with WTO tariffs on wine and spirits being tiny and unlikely to affect business. The concern for many in the drinks sector is that much of the hospitality sector is staffed by immigrants. Limiting immigration to the tens of thousands could have a devastating effect on wine retailing, restaurants and the 170,000 people employed in this sector.

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Camel Valley awarded a PDO

After 5 years of hard work, Camel Valley's Darnibole vineyard has been award PDO status.
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After 5 years of hard work, Camel Valley's Darnibole vineyard has been award PDO status.

The PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) system is similar to France's Appellation D'Origine Controlee (AOC) or Spain’s DO system. Camel Valley joins other UK products such as Cornish clotted cream and Swaledale cheese. The tiny 28 acre vineyard is the smallest wine PDO in the UK, the other two wine PDO’s are huge - they are England PDO and Wales PDO.

There are strict rules in place: The grapes must be 100% Bacchus from Darnibole, no acidification or de-acidification is allowed, no sweetening, higher natural alcohol and hand picking (for harvesting). The wine must be made at the adjoining Camel Valley winery and most importantly, it must be compared with previous vintages to ensure typicity.

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Chile harvest smaller and earlier than usual

Chile's small, ripe harvest has been hit by hot weather.
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The Chilean harvest is small and up to a month earlier according to reports from Decanter magazine. Michel Friou, winemaker at Maipo’s Almaviva, where yields were down 26%, said '2017 is clearly an atypical vintage, marked by extremely high temperatures, early physiological stages from budding to harvest, and particularly low yields.’

Away from the cooling coast, inland Chile experienced soaring temperatures. Fernando Almeda, winemaker at Torres claimed ‘most of the reds have ripe fruit aromas, Carmenere shows intense red and black cherry aromas with a jammy character.'

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Krug launches luxury English festival 'Into the Wild'

Into the Wild festival held in Hampshire Greek-revival Manor House.
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The festival which has a ticket price of £395/pp will be headlined by South African chef Francis Mallmann who, according to Krugs press team, embodies the Krug spirit of a refined maverick. The event will be held at The Grange, a 19th-century Greek-revival manor.

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London Wine Fair is on next week

The UK's largest wine trade fair kicks off on Monday 22nd May until Wednesday 24th May at London Olympia.
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The annual London Wine Fair kicks off on Monday 22nd May until Wednesday 24th May at Olympia. This is the UK largest trade fair with hundreds of exhibitors and a huge number of press and trade professionals attending.

Port House Taylors brought a new reserve Tawny up from Vila Nova de Gaia in Oporto in their sailing ship. There will be pop up tastings and masterclasses as well as a huge number of wines from around the world.

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