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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

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.

November 2016

2017 Meetings: 12 Jan; 9 Feb; 9 Mar, 13 Apr; 11 May

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

Whilst our annual May meeting – a meal at the Golf Club had to be postponed until September – it was still a very pleasant evening enjoyed by all.

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

We are currently fully subscribed but have a waiting list

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