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This “Classy Deal” Just Got Another Touch of Class

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AFC Wimbledon have officially guaranteed themselves safety in League One! We are over the moon for them. We will be attending the final game of the season on Saturday to present Manager, Neal Ardley with a much deserved bottle of something special. Neal has guided the club since 2012. During this time he has helped to further Wimbledon's position. We cannot think of a better man to take the team forward even more. We will also be playing in Wimbledon's annual Sponsors Football Match on the 8th of May. Hopefully Neal will be able to sprinkle some of his football magic on our staff....

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How to trade fine wine successfully

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You're nearly ready to take your first steps towards building a wine portfolio. There are important question you should ask yourself before you make a purchase. The most obvious one being, "who should I buy from"? There are signs and indicators which may appear obvious but are often overlooked. 1) How does the company you're considering working with store your fine wines after purchase? The right answer: Wines should be stored within a private account which solely belongs to the owner. This is the most straight forward and risk eliminating way to trade fine wines. The ownership has been fully transferred to you. This means you can sell when you want and to whoever you want. This is exactly how UK Agora trade fine wine. 2) Where are the wines stored? The right answer: In a government regulated, climate controlled Bonded-warehouse. UK Agora use the London City Bond (LCB) who are the UK's longest...

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Wigan v AFC Wimbledon – What a game!

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AFC Wimbledon held Wigan to a 1-1 Draw this weekend. With the odds stacked against them Wimbledon managed to produce a breathtaking display to hold league leaders Wigan Athletic to a draw at their home ground. All Wigan need is a point to seal the title. We wish AFC Wimbledon luck for their penultimate game on Tuesday night. We will be attending their last game of the season on Saturday. It looks more and more likely that AFC Wimbledon will gain safety. Hopefully we'll be hearing plenty of " The wombles staying up, and the franchise are going down" sung throughout the ground on Saturday!   Image credit Sky Sports  ...

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Wine Critics: A good or Bad Thing?

The Fine Wine Investment Market is driven by critics. Today we explore whether their influence is deserved, as well as whether we should listen? If you have been involved in the Fine Wine Market on any capacity, chances are you have come across Robert Parker Jr. Although there are many wine critics across the world Robert Parker Jr's influence is unrivalled. He offers a simplistic scoring system. 50 Points is the lowest score a wine can received, and 100 is the highest. Many regard Parker as the guru of the Fine Wine Marker. His influence can quite literally make or break a wine. This has lead to a culture within the wine producing world where producers aim to please him. Because if Parker is a fan, chances are the rest of the wine community will follow. Should one man have such an influence? This questions has been asked many times over the decades and...

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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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The Bordeaux Report

As En Primeur begins, we look at how Bordeaux is maintaining its grip on the wine world. By Tom Hyland and Wine-Searcher Staff | Posted Friday, 23-Mar-2018  Bordeaux isn't getting any more affordable, nor is it likely to; but there are some bargains to be had by canny collectors, according to the people who make it and those who sell it. As Bordeaux prepares for the En Primeur season, it's a good time to take stock of where this pre-eminent region sits in relation to the wine industry and the future. Our contributor Tom Hyland interviewed some of the region's top producers, while Wine-Searcher staff spoke to merchants around the world to get a feel for how both sides see Bordeaux's prospects. At a tasting in Chicago, representatives from more than 90 different Bordeaux estates poured their wines – white, red and sweet – from the 2015 vintage. The tasting featured producers of the...

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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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Champagne Exports Hit Record Heights

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Life's a gas for bubbly producers as thirsty international markets drive sales through the roof. By Caroline Henry | Posted Wednesday, 21-Mar-2018 Champagne exports hit a new record last year, with new markets making up for a disappointing result in one of the region's traditional strongholds. Poor sales in the UK were attributed to a post-Brexit tightening of household purse strings and a devalued currency, but Asia helped producers forget about the gloomy British picture. The record value figure was carried by the increasing export sales – which are now just shy of 50 percent of the total production, with 153.5m bottles sold totaling €2.8bn, or 57.4 percent of the total sales value. In concrete terms this means export sales increased by 5.4m bottles compared to 2016. The French market share decreased slightly in volume (from 158m bottles to 153.8m bottles) but the sales value remained stable at €2.1bn. Over the weekend, the Comité Champagne...

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AFC Wimbledon aim to move into new Plough Lane stadium for 2019-20 season

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AFC Wimbledon aim to have their new stadium at Plough Lane ready for the beginning of the 2019-20 season. The Dons have set a move-in date after demolition work began at the site to clear Wimbledon's greyhound stadium. The League One club, which has played at Kingsmeadow since 2002, will build a 9,000-10,000 capacity stadium, which could later be expanded to hold 20,000. "The time it will take is variable," AFC Wimbledon chief executive Eric Samuelson told BBC Radio London. "It will take what it takes because there's asbestos in the roof [of the greyhound stadium] and it'll slow things down, but we expect we'll start building in the autumn. "The question of how soon we can open depends on how quickly our contractors can get on site. "It's not our land until it's cleared to the satisfaction of Merton Council. We'll then get a patch of land to build a stadium on." AFC Wimbledon have played...

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