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'With maturing palates in emerging markets looking for

new and exciting wine styles and traditional markets

looking at value alternatives, it is worth considering

legendary wines from areas outside France. Try  agship

wine Unico, from Spain's Bodegas Vega Sicilia or New

World heroes such as Penfolds Grange. Bordeaux

will always be sought-after and with a variable 2013 en primeur, collectors

will focus on back vintages such as 2005 and 1996.'

Sara Guiducci, Berry Bros

Rudd, 0800 280 2440, bbr.com

'With harvest in full  ow across Australia, di‹ ering 2014

vintage conditions are highlighting the importance of

regionality and vintage variation in Australian wines.

Buying from serious Margaret River wineries on

release of their 2014 vintage should provide a wonderful

opportunity to keep these complex wines to enjoy in

10 years or more. Buying now, keep an eye out for 2004 Southern

Australian reds which are still showing great depth of fruit, freshness

and complex developed tones too. Rockford Shiraz 2004 and

Yalumba Menzies 2004 are great examples of this style.'

Sarah Knowles, The Wine Society, 01438 741177, thewinesociety.com

WE ASK LONDON'S LEADING MERCHANTS FOR THEIR HOT BUYING TIPS…

'With maturing palates in emerging markets looking for

new and exciting wine styles and traditional markets

looking at value alternatives, it is worth considering

legendary wines from areas outside France. Try  agship

wine

World heroes such as

will always be sought-after and with a variable 2013 en primeur, collectors

from the merchants

2004 Southern

The Essential Guide to Wine

Tasting (£14.99, amazon.co.uk)

features a collection of wine

tutorials by expert Jasper

Corbett. The DVD includes

sections on the basics of tasting,

as well as spotting wine faults

and food matching. For more

on wine courses see p.96

Tango in the night

Following its debut last year, immersive wine event Cambalache is returning to the capital on 30 April

and 1 May. This celebration of Argentinian wine and culture includes live street art, food, music and tango

lessons. New for this year is a wine and music masterclass that will demonstrate the art of matching certain

music with wine to enhance its taste. You'll also be able to experience the glamour of 1940s Buenos Aires

at Gaucho's Galante Cocktail Lounge, try Argentinian specialities such as empanadas and rich Patagonian

lamb from the asado, make your own chimichurri and taste a selection of over 150 wines from 25 of the

country's top wineries. The event will be held at MC Motors, 76 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XB.

Tickets cost £40, including all food and wine, and are available from winesofargentina.com/cambalache

TEA FOR TWO

You can tell spring is here when trees burst into bud

and � owers start to appear. But as avid gardeners

know, the place to spot the best blooms is the

RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 19-25 May. This year

Champagne Laurent-Perrier is working on its garden

with award-winning designer Luciano Giubbilei. But if

you haven't got tickets to the show, you'll still be able to

enjoy some � oral inspiration with The Dorchester's

Rooftop Afternoon Tea Series. Tea will be served on the

outdoor terrace of The Dorchester's Penthouse and

Pavilion, in a pop-up garden created by Phil Hammond,

<reservations.tdl@dorchestercollection.comd and perfumer

Roja Dove will be among the daily guest speakers

you can hear while enjoying an assortment of Š nger

sandwiches, scones and cakes such as apricot lavender

tart, perfectly matched with a glass of Laurent-Perrier's

Grand Siècle Champagne. Afternoon tea costs £75

per person. To make a booking, phone 020 7319 7102

or email reservations.tdl@dorchestercollection.com

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