November 2017

Wine Country Still Hurting After Fires

Wine Country Still Hurting After Fires

The road to recovery for area's hit by October's fires will be long and hard, commentators reckon. By Liza B. Zimmerman | Posted Monday, 27-Nov-2017  A month after some of the largest forest fires in the history of Northern California broke out, it is still difficult to get an accurate count of the real amount of damage done. Almost all of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino's wineries, hotels and tasting rooms were closed for ten days to two weeks starting from October 8th. A month later, everyone is open for business but many of the tourists, particularly those traveling from a greater distance, have yet to come back. In multiple visits to Napa and Sonoma over the past two weeks, I have seen less-than-full tasting rooms, restaurants and hotels. So approximately two weeks of shuttered tasting room and restaurant doors would represent a three-to-four percent loss on the $7.2 billion in tourism spent by 23.6...

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Emirates FA Cup tickets: you must book in advance for Charlton

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UK Agora Hospitality available. It’s the magic of the FA Cup again this Sunday for AFC Wimbledon with Neal Ardley’s men targeting a third round place and tickets are available to cheer on the Dons. Supporters should note that this Emirates FA Cup second round tie against Charlton is an all-ticket match (2.00 pm kick-off) and no tickets will be available on the day. This was the agreed recommendation following a recent meeting of the Safety Advisory Group, which included representatives from the police and Kingston Borough Council. Seat and terrace tickets are currently available for a match that offers an opportunity to book a third round spot and a potential meeting with one of the Premier League’s finest. Tickets for this match can be purchased via the club’s online CRM system. You are eligible to buy tickets if you’ve ordered a ticket previously, you are an AFCW PLC shareholder, season ticket holder, or a Dons...

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EVIDENCE OF OLDEST WINE IN HUMAN HISTORY DISCOVERED

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The oldest evidence ever found of wine made using grapes has been discovered in Georgia. Some 8,000 years old it confirms that mankind’s relationship with wine is as much as 500-1,000 years older than previously thought. In a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of historians and scientists laid out the biomolecular archaeological and archaeobotanical evidence for the earliest wine yet discovered. The lead author on the report was Dr Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania who has been the discoverer of numerous ancient wines and alcoholic concoctions, including the funerary wine of ‘King Midas’ (actually of his father King Gordius) and the, until today, oldest evidence of wine yet discovered; 7,000 year-old traces found in pottery from the Zagros Mountains of northern Iran. The team analysed trace evidence preserved in clay jars recently unearthed in Neolithic villages in southern Georgia, not far from...

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AFC WIMBLEDON WINE TASTING EVENT

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Well done to AFC Wimbledon's Business Team on hosting a fantastic wine tasting networking event. In the above image above you can see several of our staff listening intently to the wine expert. We look forward to your next event! https://www.afcwimbledonbusinessclub.co.uk/events      ...

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Battling Dons prove a match for Peterborough as they earn point

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By Rob Cornell Wimbledon produced a battling display as they matched Peterborough United in front of the live TV cameras. Lyle Taylor opened the scoring inside the first minute and Cody McDonald notched his first Dons league goal in a 2-2 draw, as Wimbledon produced a strong team performance and weren’t to be denied when the visitors turned the score around in the first-half. There were two changes to the line-up that beat Lincoln City in the FA Cup first round over a week ago. George Francomb returned on the left side of defence for Callum Kennedy (back injury), while Liam Trotter came back into centre midfield in the absence of Jimmy Abdou – who was away on international duty with Comoros. Wimbledon got off to the perfect start when Harry Forrester’s ball found Taylor on the right-hand side of the penalty area. The Dons striker kept up his excellent run of form with...

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FINE WINE INVESTMENT: TACTICAL APPROACHES

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Eagle-eyed readers of last week’s note have pointed out that you can ‘throw a blanket’ over the prices of five quite different Petit Moutons, and are wondering what exactly this means in respect of a tactical approach to the market. Does it mean, for example, that considerations of quality are irrelevant and that all wines eventually polarise to the same spot? Further to this particular discussion, in an Insight over the weekend, Liv-ex highlighted that activity in Australian wines had broadened out somewhat, but the article also illustrated some interesting price performance over the last year in respect of a range of Penfolds vintages. The 98-point 2002 has moved from £3,300 to £4,442 over the last year while the 98-point 2006 is stuck at £3,200.   What’s happening here?   To us at Amphora both of these situations are a reminder that the fine wine market place is in its infancy. In mainstream markets, by...

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