April 8 agenda: Vinitaly in Verona

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Thursday's highlights comprise a major wine event in Italy, the golf Masters in Georgia, USA, a design conference in London, among other events.

44th Vinitaly
April 8-12
Veronafiere Fairground
Verona, Italy

Vinitaly is the largest five-day event devoted to international wines and spirits, winemaking and wine business. Each day offers a series of technical tastings, food & wine pairings, haute cuisine and much more with 4,200 exhibitors ranging from Champagne to Grappa. Over 150,000 participants including producers, importers, distributors, caterers, technicians, journalists and opinion leaders come together to celebrate wine and food with 'Taste of Italy' an opportunity to experience Italian products from cereals to truffles and the world of olive oil; the annual International Wine Competition and various business workshops. Tickets are available online, daily entry: €35.

Golf: US Masters Tournament
April 8-11
Augusta, Georgia, USA

The 74th Masters Tournament is the first of four major PGA golf championship in 2010. Of those four, the Masters has the most stringent qualification requirements, and typically under 100 professionals and a few top amateurs take to the course. Those numbers comprise the elite players who managed to finish among the top 50 Official World Golf Rankings of 2009, added to which are select champions from previous Masters and majors, and the very best from other prestigious 2009 tournaments.

1990s: Design Goes Glossy, Design Goes Global conference

April 8
London, UK

Part of the Barbican's Design by Decades series, the event covering the 1990s opens on April 8 while the previous conference on the 1980s From Readymades to Industrial Production featured Rolf Fehlbaum, a design trendspotter and chairman of German furniture brand, Vitra. The 2000s conference on April 29 is entitled Design vs Art.