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Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 
November 2001

For the last few years Decanter magazine have hosted what has been easily the best consumer tasting event in the wine calendar, their Fine Wine Encounter. For relatively little dosh (this year £32 a ticket) you get plush surroundings (the Landmark hotel), Riedel tasting glasses, ample provision of spittoons (a vital feature unless you enjoy getting completely blottoed), and most importantly a stunning line-up of producers. The crowds aren't too bad, and there really is more than you can do in a day. And that's without taking into account the series of 'masterclasses' (there are six of these, priced at £35 each). The 2003 event will be held on November 22-23 at the same venue. To book, or find out more, contact the Decanter information hotline: +44 (0)20 7471 2000, or e-mail: catherine_woods@decantermagazine.com

Below are my notes from some 23 different producers whose wines I tasted on the day.

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Photo courtesy of Decanter.