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The Guardian

Published:  23 July, 2008

VICTORIA MOORE is obsessed with putting together a perfect tasting. At her wine group, the host provides 'extensive maps, tasting charts, translation phrase sheets and even appropriate food and music'. Wine group evenings can take many forms: 'It might be a sweep of Loire. You could begin with a sparkling Vouvray, ideally from Huet, move to a Muscadet made near the mouth of the river and a good match for a seafood starter, then dart upstream for a flinty Sancerre to compare with a Sauvignon de Touraine, sip a tremulous Bourgueil so as to have a red with the main course and end with a sweet Coteaux du Layon, made, like the Vouvray, from Chenin Blanc.'