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Week in pics

Champagne receptions, en primeur Bordeaux tastings, Cognac launches, Henley regatta, 4 July parties, hiking up mountains, admiring Spitfires and eating fish heads. It’s a manly life in the drinks industry.

Teams from Pol Roger UK, Hatch Mansfield, Fells, MMD and Cellar Trends prepare to take on the Three Peaks challenge. Their efforts raised £28,000 for The Benevolent.
Staff writer, Rupert Millar, headed down to the Masterpiece Show at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea for a Ruinart masterclass with Gérard Basset MS recently. After the tasting he snapped some of the Champagnes tasted despite dodgy lighting (and a couple of glasses of Dom Ruinart).
Gaz Regan demonstrates his legendary finger-stirred Negroni during the G'Vine Gin Connoisseur Program 2011, held in Cognac.
Visitors to this year's Henley Festival enjoy the hospitality at the Patrón Water Pavilion floating bar.
Jimmy Smith of the West London Wine School in cowboy mode at the school's California-themed 4th July tasting.
A selection of fizz at the Tesco summer tasting brought sparkle to the proceedings.
The über rare Tesseron Extreme Cognac, which launched in the UK at Sketch this week.
One of many big guns at the Berry Bros Bordeaux 2010 en primeur tasting.
The remnants of Ms Marmite Lover's Stargazy Pie at the chef's 18th century-themed Bacchanalia lunch at Blacks club.
After the Ruinart tasting, Rupert took the time to explore the rest of the Masterpiece fair and found his latest "must-have" toy.

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