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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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Cheer on the Dons in pursuit of vital points against Oxford

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Following a rare weekend without a game, the Dons are back in match action on Saturday – and tickets are available to show your support for Neal Ardley's men. In an interview on our website yesterday, long-serving Wimbledon defender Jon Meades talked about players, supporters, and staff working together to stay up this season, and every point is crucial now with just 11 games to go. On Saturday, the Dons renew rivalries with Oxford United, a club with just four points more in League One. Last season, Wimbledon did the double over the men from the Kassam Stadium, finally ending that Oxford hoodoo! A similar performance would be very much welcome this Saturday and you can get your ticket now to cheer on the Dons. Tickets are available for the RyGas terrace and the Chemflow End by booking from our online ticket shop. Alternatively, you can buy in person from the club office...

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Video: A unique feature on AFC Wimbledon’s remarkable story

Take a look at a short film by international broadcasters about your club.                 Sports broadcasters DAZN spent time with AFC Wimbledon recently to produce a short film on the club and it's well worth seven minutes of your time! The mini-documentary about the rise of the club wasn't previously available to viewers in this country, so we're very grateful to the video-on-demand and streaming sports service for releasing the content for an exclusive look to viewers in the UK. You may even catch a glimpse of yourself in this fascinating snapshot of the Dons, with cameras taking in a typical match day around The Cherry Red Records Stadium. The feature includes interviews with Erik Samuelson, Barry Fuller and Harry Forrester. DAZN also talked to Mat Haylock, Kevin Rye and Rob Cornell. We would like to thank Marco Gundel and Martin Hanebeck from DAZN for their help in making the video available to AFC Wimbledon supporters. Click on the link below to...

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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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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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