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

To join the group please complete the contact form below. This form may also be used to contact the Convener on all matters relating to the Group.

September 2018

The last of the summer wine, with wines from Greece, Italy, Spain and Great Britain for the staycationers.

August 2018

Despite the rain, a great time was had by one and all at the Wine Appreciations Group’s summer party : all members brought a wine to taste and share.

Many thanks to Kathy and Diana for hosting the Wine Group summer gathering … After a splendid start with grand cru champagne and Prosecco, we moved onto other offerings. Everyone brought interesting wine and delicious food. I hope a second group starts up soon! – Roslyn Byfield, Member no. 308

July 2018

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

Photographs by Liz Hart

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.