Wine Appreciation

We are a friendly Group wanting to understand more about wine, and perhaps craft beers and gins. We’re not experts, but hope to learn more together.

Wine and some nibbles to go with it cost money, of course. Our intention is to be modest, aiming at a cost per meeting of somewhere between £5 and £10 per member (payable at each meeting), depending on what we taste. The group members will decide the amount.

Frequency: Monthly
When: First Thursday evening
Where: Generally in a Group member’s house, though some may be at a public venue like a vintners
Number of places per session: 12-15 members

Group Conveners: Ed Allen, Diana Pavey, Kathy McHale

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5 July 2018

Tired of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc? At our July meeting we will explore some unusual and interesting varieties from around the world.

June 2018

Wines of Rioja





May 2018

We recalled the semi-sweet white German wines of our youth and tasted some of those, both red and white, available in 2018 at a range of prices. The general feeling that quality and value were still questionable. Certainly nothing spectacular. Great fun anyway.

March 2018

Ed’s and Cathy’s bottle of wine from the Ukraine agreed as ‘top tasty’ at our Bring a Bottle evening





February 2018

The theme was French wine discoveries, much enjoyed by one and all!




November 2017

Having established our ‘ground rules’ under the guidance of Luisa, a member of our group and professional ‘Wine Taster’, we went on to taste 4 wines, 2 white and 2 red from different regions of Italy. Luisa’s expertise and passion for wine is invaluable and the following discussion wide ranging, about aromas, colours, type of grape, what to eat with the different wines. All this was followed by nibbles prepared by Kathy in whose house we held our meeting and more discussion.

A successful meeting was summed up by Vicci – “I enjoyed the meeting so much I don’t want to miss the second so am selling my Liam Gallagher tickets“.