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At Your Service events - January

Published:  22 January, 2013

Wine Australia shows its "artier" side, Oregon and Washington State shows its "most comprehensive" line up and with Bibendum, it's all a Matter of Taste at the following January trade tastings.

January 31 - Wine Australia's first Independent Retailer and On-Trade tasting.

The Wine Australia Independent Retailer and On-Trade tasting is to show its "artier side" and will feature over 700 wines from across the country. The day will be split into two sections, with the morning dedicated to a private tasting by invitation, followed by an open tasting in the afternoon. It will also include a joint regional masterclass at 1pm on the wines of the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, led by winemakers Phil Sexton from Giants Step and Innocent Bystander, and Martin Spedding from Ten Minutes by Tractor. At 4pm wine writer and show judge Anthony Rose will look at the wines of Coonawarra.

Yvonne May, director of Wine Australia UK, Ireland and Europe, said: "With more than 2,300 wine producers creating styles as diverse as the characters behind them, we decided to work towards a channel strategy in this tasting to allow both exhibitors and our visitors more focus. It's going to be a lively day in which we show our artier side in wines."

Australia House, London. By invitation only, contact

January 31 - The Oregon and Washington State annual tasting

Claiming to offer the region's "most comprehensive" line up of wines from Oregon and Washington State with over 250 wines from 50 producers available to taste. The generic body aims to provide the opportunity to sample wines across a range of styles and price points along with regular workshops throughout the day.

Great Hall, Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA. 10.30am-4pm. Email

February 6 - The 2013 Bibendum Annual Tasting

Bibendum is to help its customers tailor their ranges to suit consumer preference by launching A Matter of Taste at its trade-only annual tasting in February. Focusing on the fact we all have different tastes when it comes to wine, spirits, food and music, the event will aim to explore how understanding these differences can help the trade better target consumers.It will bring together Bibendum's industry-leading market insights, training and design expertise to help its customers tailor their ranges to suit the preferences of the consumers in their area.

The tasting will showcase over 150 winemakers and a producer line up on the back of it announcing several new agencies in the coming weeks. It is also launching a new digital tasting book which will include details of all wines and spirits available to taste on the day, as well as interactive venue maps and information on all the day's activities, including seminars and focus tastings, and will also allow guests to record their favourite wines or request further information. Three seminars will take place. The first focuses on the importance of taste and will include Bibendum's master gin distiller, Will Lowe, and top perfumers Penhaligon's will be investigating the way both industries use botanicals to create sensory experiences. The others will focus on staff training, and flavour matching wines and spices.

The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London. To register;