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Wine-Searcher: The World’s Most Wanted Bordeaux

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The top 10 most wanted Bordeaux are based on the number of searches made on Wine-Searcher each month; so, by that logic, you would probably expect to see them change from month to month. Maybe you'd expect to occasionally see a garage wine from some little-known producer take spot number four? Or some brilliant but overlooked Fifth Growth snag number seven? Well if that's what you were hoping for, prepare to be disappointed, sorely disappointed. You can read the full article here 1. Château Mouton Rothschild 2. Château Lafite Rothschild 3. Château Margaux 4. Petrus 5. Château Latour 6. Château Haut-Brion 7. Château d'Yquem 8. Château Cheval Blanc 9. Château Lynch-Bages 10. Château Pontet-Canet  ...

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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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METRO: Wimbledon just can’t stay away from the ever-willing Kennedy

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THERE is no getting rid of defender Callum Kennedy — just ask Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley, who has tried it twice. The left-back is back at Kingsmeadow for his third stint — proving that, just like their TV counterparts, the Wombles truly love recycling. Kennedy recalls the first time Ardley gave him the boot, in the summer of 2014 after an injury-plagued season. He said: ‘It was a shock, it was the first time I had been without a club. ‘He said “you are more than welcome to come back to train pre-season to get your fitness up while you looking for somewhere else”.’ It was the wake-up call he needed. ‘I really worked hard that summer. I came back to pre-season firing on all cylinders. The gaffer noticed and offered me another deal. ‘It was weird because he had let me go a few months earlier. But when I came back I think he saw the...

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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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Lloyd Sam steps up fitness by completing full 90 against Rovers

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By Rob Cornell New signing Lloyd Sam completed the full 90 minutes for an AFC Wimbledon development side against Bristol Rovers today. The experienced winger's crossing and set-piece delivery looked more than useful in a 1-1 draw that consolidated top spot in the Central League for Alan Reeves' side. Striker Richard Pingling scored from the penalty spot to level the scores in a match played at Yate Town. Wimbledon were just unable to plunder all three points against a Rovers team reduced to 10 men in the 47th minute due to Alfie Kilgour's red card. In an eventful second-half, an outfield player was forced to take over in goal for Rovers after keeper Thom Jonkerman's injury. Nik Tzanev returned in goal, back from international duty with New Zealand after being an unused substitute for the defeat in Spain against Canada. Paul Kalambayi, on loan to Tonbridge Angels, took the captain's arm band. Chris Hargreaves' Rovers...

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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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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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Fraud Squad Finds Château-not-du-Pape

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Investigators put some numbers to a wine scam that put cheap wines into Rhône bottles. By Don Kavanagh | Posted Monday, 19-Mar-2018 French authorities have put numbers on a massive fraud uncovered last year, with an estimated 66.5 million bottles of inferior wine being sold off as Côtes du Rhône, with some even labelled as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. French consumer fraud investigators brought the CEO of bulk wine company Raphaël Michel to court in August 2017. Guillaume Ryckwaert was released on a €1 million ($1.2m) bond and his lawyer claimed jealous rivals were trying to discredit him. The allegations against Ryckwaert and the company claimed that cheap table wine from outside the Rhône had been knowingly mislabelled and sold into the trade. According to a report in the English-language French website thelocal.fr, France's consumer fraud body, the Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF) revealed last week that almost...

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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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