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Neal praises impact made by Andy Barcham

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Neal Ardley has praised Andy Barcham’s return to form after he provided the spark for AFC Wimbledon’s stunning fightback at Walsall on Saturday. Barcham has been on the substitutes’ bench in recent weeks, but the manager unleashed him to devastating effect at Walsall with the flying winger providing evidence that he is back to his best. “Andy Barcham has been one of my most consistent players in the last two or three years,” said Neal. “Barchy is a player who has got that bit of zip in his game, but a few weeks back in training and in games he just looked like he needed to be taken out. Harry (Forrester) was playing well. Barchy is a fantastic lad and he is a bubbly character around the place. I noticed that he was getting that zip back into his game and when he came on in the second-half (at Walsall) he made a...

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AFC Wimbledon complete the signing of winger Lloyd Sam

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Neal Ardley yesterday bolstered his attacking options by completing the signing of experienced winger Lloyd Sam. The deadline this season for EFL clubs to sign players expired at 5 pm yesterday (Thursday) and Wimbledon also gained international clearance for Lloyd, who spent five years playing in the MLS with New York Red Bulls and DC United. With Cody McDonald ruled out through injury, Neal believes that Lloyd will be a useful addition at a critical time, as Wimbledon seek vital points in the battle to stay up. Neal Ardley said: “Lloyd has been with us for a month or two now, training and getting fit. We wanted to have a look at him and he is a tricky right-winger, an attacking player. Obviously, with us losing Cody we just felt we needed another player. What part he can play until the end of the season, is always tight, but he is on a...

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UNSEEN ANDY WARHOL LABELS RELEASED BY NAPA WINERY

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Napa Valley winery Cuvaison has launched a new series of wines with ‘forgotten’ labels designed by Andy Warhol, who once said the original labels were “lousy”. The collaboration apparently began in early 1980s after Warhol was served a bottle of the Napa Valley Cuvaison wine at a dinner party in Switzerland hosted by his friend and the winery’s owner, Alexander Schmidheiny. When Schmidheiny asked what Warhol thought of the wine, Warhol replied, “What a lousy label,” and suggested a redesign. Commissioned by Cuvaison, Warhol took polaroids of grapes in a variety of patterns to create over 50 unique silkscreen prints for Cuvaison labels. The designs, however, were then forgotten about and left in a drawer until now. Thirty-five years on, Cuvaison, in association with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has released the first limited-edition set of the ‘Andy Warhol by Cuvaison Collection’. The ‘Series One’ range is now available in Hong Kong and consists of...

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Boom Times for Austrian Wine

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An unheralded wine-producing region is enjoying the fruits of its labors – and the spotlight. By Natalie Sellers | Posted Friday, 16-Mar-2018 With a booming worldwide wine trade, it can be tough to pick the next big thing – but the central European country of Austria might just be it. Despite a small 2016 vintage, which reduced Austria's normal export volume by 3.3 percent to 46.8 million liters, the quality continued to be markedly high, leading to Austria's greatest export year for wine. A total increase of 7.4 percent was reported by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, translating to a record total of €158.6 million ($195m), the first time Austria has made it past €150m. Austrian wine exports rose rapidly from the end of the 1990s, but hit a plateau in 2004. Three years later, another steep rise saw exports almost double by 2013. Growth halted then for another three years, but looks to be...

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Today at 4 pm: Duo aim to push Dons towards Premier League in Football Manager

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A treat this afternoon for fans of iconic computer game We’re all looking forward to the day when the Dons are back in the top-flight, but our friends at Sports Interactive are hoping to take us there first on their world-famous game, Football Manager. Curtis Morton and Tom Davidson, hosts of the studio’s YouTube series The FM Show, are stepping into Neal Ardley’s shoes and attempting to lead the club into the promised land! They’ll also be broadcasting the whole thing live on Twitch. After an opening episode that featured a dramatic 3-2 victory over Norwich in the Carabao Cup and an unbeaten start in League One everything is finely poised ahead of today’s second live stream, so what better time to tune in and lend your support to the boys? Today’s episode kicks off at 4.00 pm. Click on Wombling Free to to be redirected to the Twitch live stream. More episodes will follow every two weeks....

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Why Bother Rating the First Growths?

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By Oliver Styles | Posted Monday, 05-Mar-2018 Even vintage variation can't sway critics from giving surprisingly consistent scores for big-name wines. If you find yourself regularly watching downhill skiing on the television you will, after a few races, understand that you are only watching it for two reasons. Firstly, like most sports, you want to see your country – or your hero – win. Secondly, and quite disturbingly, will come the inescapable realisation that you're waiting for someone to crash. Watching jumpsuit-clad men and women hurtle down a slope registering times that are only tenths and hundredths of a second apart, with no major errors on the way down, is athletically marvellous but, unfortunately, reasonably dull. Watching one or more of them lose an edge on a turn, or get their balance wrong on a jump, is exciting. It's exciting for the wrong reasons – like I imagine watching a gladiator fight would...

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Cheer on the Dons: Tickets and Hospitality for Blackburn game

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AFC Wimbledon will be aiming to maintain the good home form shown so far in 2018 when League One leaders Blackburn visit next Tuesday and tickets are available for this match. Terrace tickets are available in advance from our online ticket shop, plus there are places also available for hospitality (see details at the bottom of this page). A cracking atmosphere in the Chemflow End helped Neal Ardley's men in pursuit of a last-gasp winner against Bristol Rovers on Saturday and tickets are available for this popular home terrace, plus the RyGas Stand (just £17 for adults). Of course, Blackburn Rovers are former Premier League Champions, having won the title back in 1995. Wimbledon faced Blackburn in the inaugural Premier League season and the home match on 19 September 1992 ended in a 1-1 draw with our manager Neal Ardley (pictured above in his playing days) on target! Alan Shearer struck the equaliser...

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Wine Spectator Banned in New Jersey Prisons? Plus, ‘Bachelor’ Heads to Hall Winery

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Drug paraphernalia. Gang-colored accessories. Knives. Shivs. Shanks. Wine Spectator magazine? One of these things is not like the others, but that may not be an opinion shared by the administrators of New Jersey penitentiaries: Unfiltered has learned that our parent publication appears to be among the books and magazines banned in New Jersey prisons. That's right, New Jersey's incarcerated wine lovers might not be permitted to enjoy their favorite wine publication. The ban came to Unfiltered's attention during the controversy surrounding the state's decision to ban The New Jim Crow, a book about the mass incarceration of people of color (the ban on this particular book has since been lifted after public outcry). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey sent a Government Records Request to the New Jersey Department of Corrections, demanding documents detailing policies on restricting publications, as well as the titles of the banned materials. There,...

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February 6th tasting of the most iconic Granges; 1976, 1983, 1989, & 2013.

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  Grange Vertical FEBRUARY 6, 2018 Join us for a vertical tasting of some of our most iconic Grange vintages at Magill Estate on Tuesday, 6 February.  Vintages will include; 1976, 1983, 1989, 1996, 1999 and 2013. Ticket includes champagne on arrival, Grange tasting and an assortment of cheese, charcuterie and condiments. Bookings essential, spaces limited. Please call 08 8301 5569. "A blend of blends. Why not? An expression spanning vineyards and vintages, retaining 100% Grange DNA. This Penfolds g3 release celebrates both the past and the future." PETER GAGO PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER Penfolds g3 – a continuum of a 1951-commenced endeavour With only 1200 bottles available on this Planet, this is a very special and rare release. Penfolds g3 represents the true essence of Grange; where pioneering spirit meets time-honoured Fortified & Champagne philosophies & winemaking techniques. The result is a stunning Penfolds wine innovation intrinsically linked to the winemaking philosophy which stretches back to 1951. ...

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FINE WINE INVESTMENT: PAST PERFORMANCES

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As we shall see, investing in fine wine is becoming more like investing in stocks and shares as the market expands, a feature attested to in many recent Liv-ex reports. This means that all investors have to be very careful as to what exactly they buy. You can’t just pick up a few cases and expect all to be well. The market is now much too broad for that. 30 years ago the range of availability was so narrow that virtually anything you bought went up in value. Not now, as is patently obvious from the evidence which follows. When assembling the portfolio a year ago we took the view that an overweight position in Bordeaux was merited as the recovery in prices from mid 2015 would lead to an improvement in confidence in the sector, and while that has been true for the ‘Super Seconds’ and the Second wines on the...

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