For the first time in years, the Consorzio del Marchio Storico Chianti Classico is putting on a show in central London. On 29 June the Changing Face of Chianti Classico will be represented by 45 producers. The focus of the tasting will be the Chianti Classico 2000 project. Set in motion 10 years ago by the consorzio in conjunction with the universities of Florence and Pisa, the project is "an extremely innovative and far-reaching viticultural venture". It has made inroads into selecting the optimum clones for Chianti grape varieties Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Colorino. Other areas being addressed are the adaptability of rootstocks to climatic and physical conditions, and the effect of planting density on grape and wine quality. For an invitation and details, call Emily Wilkins on 0171-708 5195.
Another bite of the apple
Matthew Clark Brands cut the ribbon on its Shepton Mallet Cider Mill at the end of last month after a £35m investment in the cider-making facility. "Not only does it show our faith in the future of the cider industry, but it also demonstrates our commitment to cider making in Somerset," says Matthew Clark's chief executive Peter Aikens.
The Saint-Emilion Jurade is 800 years old this year. Celebrations kicked off on 10 June in the picturesque south-west French town. From 8-11 July visitors can nose wines from the region at a wine fair in the cloisters of the Collegiate Church, and all summer long there's an open-door policy that will allow guests to visit wine estates without the usual sniffy prior appointment. There's a medieval banquet in the moat of the Palais Cardinal on 10 July, and a musical feast on 18 September entitled The Night of Heritage. For further information, contact the Saint-Emilion Tourist Office on 00 33 5 57 55 28 28.