Wine Appreciation


We are a sociable group who like and want to understand more about wine and perhaps fortified wines and gins. A theme is generally selected by group members in advance and over the lastyear has included Rioja, Beyond Prosecco, Old and New World Wines, Unusual grape varieties Regional Italian Wines and more. Over the first year our meetings have developed into a more formal ‘Wine Tasting’ facilitated by Luisa, a professional wine educator, another member of the group or an external facilitator followed by a social evening with food prepared by the host (costs recoverable), usually the member in whose house we are meeting. Sometimes we have a ‘bring a bottle’ where members are invited to bring a bottle of wine which they have researched in respect of its provenance and present to the group. We have also planned visits to a local wine bar and in the future to public wine events. All this costs money, of course. Our intention is to be modest aiming at a cost/meeting of between £10-15 (payable on the night) to include 5/6 wines for tasting plus 2 bottles for drinking with food.

☐ Frequency : Monthly
☐ When : First Thursday evening
☐ Where : Generally in a Group member’s house, at a public venue-wine bar or vintners.
☐ Number of places per session: Generally in a Group member’s house-at a public venue-wine bar or vintners.
☐ Costs : All costs are shared between attending members and since these are incurred in advance it is important that members commit to attending regularly. Any surplus goes tosupport a Summer/Yuletide Event.

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.

Our Meetings

October 2018

Our first restaurant outing! The group enjoyed a tasting of unusual wines matched with generously portioned tapas at Muswell Hill’s restaurant Connubio. Many also purchased bottles of their favourite wine afterwards, as the restaurant also sells wine at retail prices. What a great, convivial evening!

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 Appreciation 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.