Looking for a midsummer diversion? Yapp Brothers in Mere, Wiltshire, are staging their annual summer wine tasting and sale at their headquarters in the town next Friday and Saturday. As specialists in the lush wines – reds and whites – of the Loire Valley this is an opportunity to stock up at sensible prices. Look out too for bin end bargains from the amazing run of vintages there has been in the Rhône Valley from 2008 to 2010. Entry is free and the event is open from 9.30am to 5pm on both days. Look online or ring 01747 860423 for more information.