Cool Climate chief calls on UK trade

Drinks: Wines
Location: England


With six months to go to the first ever International Cool Climate Wine Symposium to be held in Britain, chairman Bruce Tindale has issued a passionate plea to the UK wine trade to get behind the event.

Held every four years, the conference rotates around the world, held in a different country every time. The ninth event will take place in Brighton from 26-28 May next year.

But thus far only 170 of the target 500 delegates tickets have been sold, and the organisers have put out a call for a collective show of strength from the UK wine trade.

‘For people in Europe, there has not been a better opportunity to hear the top people in our industry,’ said Tindale. ‘There has never been a gathering of leading practitioners like we have in Brighton next year. It’s like a who’s who of the cool climate wine world.’

Tickets are £250 + VAT per day, or £600 + VAT for the three-day Full Conference Pass, which includes admittance to all of the sessions, masterclasses, tastings and workshops.

Thirty to 40 sessions have been scheduled during the three day conference, with speakers thus far including cool-climate viticultural experts from Bordeaux to Marlborough, and Germany to Margaret River, plus well-known UK faces such as Oz Clarke and Jancis Robinson.

‘We want to use our symposium to reinforce our arrival on the world stage,’ said Tindale. ‘Let’s make sure we deliver an event we can all be proud of.’

Main image: Albury Vineyard



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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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