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Getting to know Cognac

I'd never visited Cognac before, but had heard good things, so when Sarah suggested I might join her on her first visit there since she'd taken on the role of spirits buyer for The Society, I jumped at the chance.

Along the way I'd learn about the dedication put into creating our Society and Exhibition Cognacs, even witnessing one of them being blended, and go from relative Cognac novice to avid enthusiast.

Emma Briffett

Emma Briffett
Tastings and Events Co-ordinator

  • date 2017
  • location Cognac
  • people Sarah Knowles MW & Emma Briffett

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Experience trips to other countries with our buying team

The Glories of the Loire

Loire 2016

The Glories of the Loire

Cheryl Lee joins Joanna Locke MW on a trip to the Loire to get an early taste of the 2015 Muscadet vintage, before heading to Saumur to blend our latest Crémant.

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Autumn in the heel of Italy

Southern Italy 2016

Autumn in the heel of Italy

Tim Sykes accompanies Italian buyer Sebastian Payne MW on a whistle-stop tour of Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, visiting existing suppliers and prospecting for new ones. Surprising highlights include sadly neglected Calabria and singing nuns!

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Blending Three Choirs

England 2016

Blending Three Choirs

English wines are increasingly valued by members and we are lucky enough to have exclusive blends from long-time producers, Three Choirs. So what better place to start learning about blending wines than on our own shores with some master blenders?

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South Africa 2016

Cape Expectations

A new generation has brought a new energy to the Cape's winelands, making this not just one of the most beautiful regions to visit, but also one of the most exciting.

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