Coming up at this year's London International Wine & Spirits Fair…

Thierry's (stand C42) is expanding its presence at this year's LIWF, taking a new 100msq corporate stand to "highlight the breadth and depth" of its wine offerings from France, South Africa, Italy, Spain and other parts of the New World.

Breakfast will be served on the stand every morning to encourage visitors to come and relax with the Thierry's team over coffee and a croissant.  In addition, winemakers including Ken Forrester, Danie De Wet, Jose Zucccardi and Gerard Bertrand will gather on the stand at 4pm on the Tuesday (20 May)  to meet and taste the UK wine importer's wines with customers and other visitors.

Cotes du Rhône (stand I30/1) follows what it describes as "another highly successful year" in 2007 with its presence at this year's LIWF. The trade body saw total Rhône AOC exports rise by 7.9% to 192,400hl in 2007 compared with 2006. Visitors to the fair are invited to stop by at the Cotes du Rhône stand to taste the "acclaimed" 2007 vintage from the French region's winemakers.

Wines from Brazil (stand T62) boasts a bigger stand at this year's LIWF, together with an increase in the number of exhibiting producers. The wine trade organisation has also enlisted the services of The Independent's wine writer Anthony Rose, who will host a tutored tasting on the stand each day.

The wines available to taste on the stand come from Brazil's key grape-growing regions.  Serra Gaucha, responsible for nearly 90% of Brazil's wine; Campanha & Serra do Sudeste, the country's newest winemaking area; São Joaquim & Vale Rio Peixe, and the São Francisco Valley.

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