|Meeting Day||1st Friday|
|Time||1.45 - 3.45|
|Location||Castle Street Centre|
|Co-ordinator(s)||Allan Sharples & Digby Gunson|
Our numbers remain the same as we go into our sixth year. We can still accommodate a few more people, allowing for the small number of absentees on holiday or other reasons. October and November of this year saw a larger absentee list than expected, and we shall need to plan more carefully if we are to avoid implementing a charge for late notification of absence. We shall discuss this and other matters at our Jacob's Join in December.
In September we had a very informative session on Fairtrade wines, which proved to be far more palatable than many members expected. In October (with a very reduced number!) two members presented a fine programme of Australian and New Zealand wines, whilst in November further members guided us through some very good and interesting wines from The Lebanon, including the world-famous Chateau Musar from 2003! Our Jacob's Join takes place at the December meeting, and we round off 2018 with the customary Christmas Lunch at Kendal College.
The programme for 2019 will include a presentation from Majestic Wines entitled "How wines age". Other topics have yet to be finalised
Our group continues to do well as we approach our sixth year ! We rounded off the last season with a programme exploring sparkling wines, from Prosecco through to Champagne. A word of warning to all U3A members - do not try Asda's latest cheap "sparkler" Priogrigio ! . Supposedly the new drink. its bubbles disappeared in under a minute, leaving you with a very cheap, flat white wine.
September will see us sampling Fair Trade wines, presented by the Fair Trade Group,and later we will have sessions on Lebanese wines,plus more antipodean delights, both presented by members, before getting into the Christmas spirit with a Jacob's Join and the usual College lunch.
Our numbers are now 34, thanks to two new members who joined us in May. We are now at the limit for our "two bottles of each wine" format. We are willing to expand if the demand is there, and anyone interested should contact one of the co-ordinators, or speak to us at the Open Day.
Since the last report we have enjoyed three varied and interesting sessions.
In January we held a "Would I lie to you?" afternoon, when four "experts" from the group did their best to persuade the rest of the group just what they were drinking - is this a Malbec? or a Sangiovese, or, then again is it just another Pinot Noir? Suffice it to say that not many were fooled by the hyperbolic descriptions and had a good measure of success in correctly identifying just what the wines were!
In February Guy Pugh from the Garstang Wine Society gave his customary presentation with the usual flair as he talked us through some wines grown at high altitude, principally from South America, ranging from Malbec to Albarino. Sixteen members also attended the annual Wine Dinner at Kendal College when Lakeland Vintners offered some excellent Spanish wines including Cava, White Rioja plus two fine reds, finishing with a lovely Moscatel dessert wine. Our thanks go to Lakeland Vintners for their splendid presentations and the the staff and students of the College for their high quality food.
In March Andrew from Majestic gave a first-class presentation on some more Australian wines including Chardonnay, Viognier and a blend of Shiraz/Mourvedre. He was assisted by the well-known Australian entrepreneur, James Busby, whose area of expertise is the little known area of Wigig in the rapidly shrinking Shelvington region.
In April we aim to combine a blind tasting with a quiz, followed in May by a programme on Sparkling Wines.
We can still accommodate one or two visitors at our meetings; please contact one of the co-ordinators.