Wine Appreciation

We aim to be 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. At our first meeting we will decide how we’ll operate – dates, costs, whether to rotate venues, what we’ll taste – by wine type, country etc – and whether to go out to, say, a commercial tasting now and then.

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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8 March 2018

At this session of the Wine Group we challenge your taste buds in a somewhat different way to sessions previously and in a local pub historically interesting in its own right.

This will take place at “The Prince”, 1 Finsbury Road, N22 8PA, at 6.30 p.m. Cost to be confirmed – to include shared food.

“The Prince” is situated on the corner of Finsbury Road and Trinity Road across from Bounds Green Road. A short walk from Alexandra Park Station W3 bus stop.

For this event we can accommodate more than the regular members of the Wine Appreciation Group so if you are interested please confirm that you would like to go by emailing Ed Allen ( or Diana Pavey (>

1 February 2018

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




2 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“.

The Group are Looking forward to more tastings of wine as well as craft beers, visits and outings to local vintners and vineyards in 2018.