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Wine Appreciation 1

Meeting Details

Meeting Day2nd Thursday
Time2.00 - 4.00pm
FrequencyMonthly
LocationAbbot Hall Social Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Audrey Stainton

What we do

The idea of the group, which started nearly 14 years ago, is to appreciate wines from different countries - different grapes and different winemakers etc., but nothing too serious! At each meeting we taste and discuss 4 different wines. We quite often have cheese and nibbles to complement the wine if we can keep within our budget. 95% of the wine we taste is bought locally in order that the members can easily buy a bottle on the way home! At Christmas we have a light 3 course meal with wines and extra tastings (this involves an extra charge). We always have an "end of term" party, but for this we go to a restaurant- if possible one where we can take our own wine. We are a very friendly crowd and everyone takes as much or as little as they want from these meetings, even if it is only quietly enjoying the wine and having a chat with other members. Our limit that we can accommodate is 30 - but we can take in a few more members: because of holidays etc we often have a spare place or two at most meetings. The whole joy of wine tasting is tasting with others and finding out our likes and dislikes. Anyone who is interested in spending a relaxing afternoon in lovely surroundings is welcome to join us. There is a charge of approximately £5 per meeting.

We currently have a short waiting list for members wishing to join the group.

Reports

August 2018

Next Meetings

6 Sep (date change to avoid clash with County Show), 11 Oct; 8 Nov; 13 Dec

We are fortunate to have several members who are willing (?) to present their selection of wines and therefore the Group continues to enjoy and experience a very varied programme of tastings and presentation styles.

Wines made with the Pinot Noir grape were the subject of our April tasting – this proved to be a very interesting session including wines from Chile, Germany, SE Australia, France and New Zealand. We were challenged to try and guess the countries of origin!!

Traditionally our May meeting has taken place ‘out of house’ but due to the success of a previous tasting where we enjoyed more expensive wines and interesting ‘tit bits’, it was decided to repeat the experience. Two of our group gave us an excellent afternoon entitled ‘Fly M&S Airlines….Business Class of Course’; 5 wines in all and food pairings all home  made by the presenters.

Our thanks go to all the presenters for their time, effort and commitment to the group.

We will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining Wine Group One. (It is possible to attend as a guest at two meetings prior to joining).

It is important that all members who are unable to attend notify the co-ordinator at least one week in advance otherwise there may be a charge

 

May 2018

We are fortunate to have several members who are willing (?) to present their selection of wines and therefore the Group continues to enjoy and experience a very varied programme of tastings and presentation styles.

In December We broke with tradition and did not have a Christmas meal but instead enjoyed a selection of superior wines and ‘eats’ presented by four of our regular volunteer presenters.

A New Year meal was enjoyed ‘in house’ at the January meeting with superb catering supplied by Alison Thompson. Different members of the group presented the wines.

In February we tasted wines chosen for their unusual and quirky labels such as ‘Jam Shed’, ‘Down the lane’ and ‘Quirky Bird’!!

We were indeed again fortunate to have Andrew from Majestic share some Australian wines with us at our March meeting

Our thanks go to all the presenters for their time, effort and commitment to the group.

We are at present fully subscribed but do hold a waiting list and will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining us. (It may be possible to attend as a guest if members are going to be absent.)

November 2017

Walks are planned for 11 January (New Year Meal),8 February,8 March, 12 April ,10 May

We are fortunate to have several members who are willing (?) to present their selection of wines and therefore the Group continues to enjoy and experience a very varied programme of tastings and presentation styles.

The New Term opened in September with a selection of wines from Spain. October found us in Portugal and in November the Tuscan sun shone down on us! All tastings were very well received and thanks go to the Presenters.

We are at present fully subscribed but do hold a waiting list and will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining us. (It may be possible to attend as a guest if members are going to be absent.)

It is important that all members who are unable to attend notify the co-ordinator at least one week in advance otherwise there may be a charge

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