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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

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

July 2017

The Group continues to enjoy a very varied programme of tastings. We have been fortunate to have Andrew from Majestic who delivered a Quick Wine Tour of Italy and a session on Fair Trade Wine presented by Janet Antrobus and Gill Frostick.

Our May meeting usually takes the form of a meal out but this year we departed from tradition and are very grateful to those five enthusiastic group members who willingly (!) volunteered to present a particular favourite wine of theirs.

Due to work on Abbott Hall our April meeting took place in Castle Street – we were well received and our thanks go to the staff for accommodating us.

We are at present fully subscribed but have 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 unable to attend.)

March 2017

No meetings in June, July or Aug. Resume on 14 Sep.

The group continues to enjoy a very varied programme presented by enthusiastic group members. This ensures a fresh and exciting approach to a diverse selection of wines .

We have tasted wines from South Africa, “what’s new from Chile”, Spanish wines other than Rioja; and a selection from ‘Strange Places’!

In December we enjoyed a Wilf’s buffet as a change from our usual traditional Christmas meal. Enjoyed by all.

We have been able to accommodate new members, but are again now fully subscribed. We do hold a waiting list and will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining us.

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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