Wine tourism you tried?

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At the same time we have consumers in countries such as the UK who suffer from high prices for wine (due partly to the numerous middle men) and who crave to drink authentic wines direct from living people. In addition there is a thirst for a knowledge about wine. We are too distracted for books, too busy to follow a ‘dry’ wine course. We crave a wine experience. Each wine has its own story, and it is best recounted in person by the passionate people that make it.

Once one has felt the passion direct from the winemaker, heard his story (and there are often generations of those), tramped in his or her vineyards and eaten the grapes from the gnarled vines (which themselves could tell a story or two), you are hooked. Wine is after all about what the French call ‘terroir’ and above all the people.

With a growing number of visitors to Bordeaux (3.3 million in 2011), the combining of wine tourism and direct sales seems an obvious step. Once you personally know the face the wine, the enjoyment is a different experience. Worldwide there is a particular growing demand for spending short activity-packed breaks.

Visit the region’s chateaux and vineyards, meet passionate winemakers, blend your own wine, sample direct from the barrel, taste a range of old vintages … there are numerous options for a fun-filled short break.

My favorite wine!

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You don’t have to go far from the UK to find exciting wines and wine regions. It’s easy to forget sometimes that we are very lucky to have access to wines from all over the world. We have so many great wine shops here. I was reminded of this last week when some Texan wine blogging friends of mine were in town and we decided to do a bit of wine tasting. We visited only a few but they were quite  impressed by the range of wines and wine shops in London.

Erin Karen: meet Jebbit team

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Erin Cullen, the unwavering feminist of the Jebbit team, will make an impact as a woman in business. She has grown up in the comfort of a large family in New Jersey, where she also developed a deep passion for soccer. Erin forms part of Jebbit’s marketing team, which is not surprising as communication is unquestionably one of Erin’s outstanding skills. If she hasn’t met you yet, she will take a short bus ride from Conte Forum to Mac to introduce herself. Erin Cullen, a Marketing and Management and Leadership concentration in the Carroll School of Management and a Peace, Faith, and Justice minor in the School of Theology and Ministry, is one of the most involved people on campus. Nonetheless, she took some time out of her busy schedule to have a lovely conversation with me in the fine furnishings of her temporary room in the infirmary.

Important news: announced in the NFL, NFLPA, the United States long term agreement

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Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has reached a long-term agreement with the National Football League and NFL PLAYERS granting the company domestic and international rights for up to 18 product releases annually.

“We’re pleased to continue our relationship with the NFL and the NFLPA,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “The NFL and NFLPA are two of our most important licensors, and these new agreements will enable us to continue producing sought after products for NFL fans for years to come.”cheap jerseys china

The new agreement takes effect immediately and will be incorporated into Panini America’s first NFL product of the season, 2012 Prestige Football, which releases in June and will include the first licensed NFL Rookie Cards of anticipated draft prospects such as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Justin Blackmon, Trent Richardson and more of the NFL’s newest players.

“We are pleased to continue working with Panini America to offer our fans more ways to connect with the NFL and the players they love,” said Leo Kane, NFL Senior Vice President of Consumer Products. “Panini America has been – and will continue to be – a great teammate for the NFL.”

“The NFLPA is pleased to extend our partnership with Panini America, a proven industry leader and innovator of NFL player trading cards,” said Keith Gordon, President of NFL PLAYERS INC. “Panini football product continues to be highly pursued by hobby enthusiasts and novice collectors alike. We, along with our players, look forward to Panini’s ongoing product development, hobby enrichment programs and support of our marquee events including the NFLPA Rookie Debut and Rookie Premiere.”Cheap #85 Heyward-Bey jersey

Panini America is the only company in the world that manufactures licensed trading cards and stickers for the NFL, NFLPA, NBA, NHL, NHLPA, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, and more than

A.J. Green (Cin)

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A.J. Green (Cin)

He has his toughest matchup of the year this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers who rank 3rd against the pass.  It ought to be tough for Andy Dalton to get the ball to him, as they put on a ton of pressure.