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London wine trade fair week 2008 in pictures 

Each May sees the London International Wine Fair at Excell, in London's Docklands. It's a huge event that brings together wine people from around the world, and spawns spin-off events outside the official program. Here are some pictures taken during the week of the 2008 event, with short captions giving context.

The 2008 London International Wine Fair: the show floor

Marcelo Papa, winemaker with Chile's largest wine company, Concha y Toro - nicely framed by the Andes.

Patrick Baudoin, who makes some amazing sweet Chenins from the Loire appellation of Coteaux du Layon (as with many of these pictures, this was taken at an unofficial satellite event).

Aussie winemaker Mac Forbes, who is making some of the Yarra Valley's most exciting Pinot Noir.

US author George Taber, in the middle of a presentation about corks and alternative closures at the Amorim Faults Clinic - he's written a book on 'To Cork or Not to Cork'. 

John Casella of YellowTail wines. The YellowTail story is a remarkable one - amazing growth into one of the top four Australian brands in just a few years.

Franck Peillot, natural mountain winemaker: Altesse and Bugey from the Savoie.

Eric Texier, famous for his Brezeme (small Rhone appellation) wines, and also a range of negociant Rhone wines. He used to be a nuclear physicist in a previous life.

Carlos de Jesus and Pascal Chatonnet at the Amorim Faults Clinic. 

Jean Paul Brun, maker of natural Beaujolais.

Marc Olivier. Natural Muscadets are his thing.

Linda Domas, winemaker from Australia's McLaren Vale. 

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