Top reasons to go to LIWF 2012

With just one week to go, the drinks business picks out some highlights to expect from the London International Wine Fair 2012.

Recent years have seen consecutive disruptions such as the swine flu epidemic; the volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, which grounded flights and kept producers and visitors away and there was a threatened tube strike in 2011.

This year things have run a lot smoother and some 35 countries are set to show over 20,000 wines and spirits making the LIWF a unique trade-only tasting.

Fair highlights that have made the news include six producers from Sichuan province exhibiting on a pavilion hosted by the Sichuan World Trade Centre, representing China‘s first time to take a stand at Distil.

The focus is on premium Chinese spirits, most of which have never been exported to the UK.

Meanwhile Tesco has announced it will be taking a stand at this year’s event. The wine team is setting up a “Dragons Den” style opportunity for anyone who thinks they have a good idea to come and meet with them.

the drinks business will also announce the winners of their awards at an invitation-only ceremony on Wednesday 23 May at the show.

In all, LIWF 2012 is set to be one of the biggest yet and here are some potential high lights to look out for.

A full guide to the fair can be found in the drinks business’ latest issue.

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