Wine Tasting


We have an annual programme with a theme and this year it is wines of the northern Mediterranean.  Usually we taste four wines and we take it in turn to obtain these and talk about them.  We also have a food and wine evening in both June and December.  The cost of the wine is covered by an annual subscription (currently £40) and is refunded to the purchaser.  Members take it in turns to drive.

We are a group of enthusiasts rather than connoisseurs, and whilst we take our tastings seriously we try to enjoy ourselves.  No expertise is required to join just a wish to learn more about wine.

Where and when

We meet at 8pm on the second or third Thursday of the month.

Other information

Unfortunately the group is full at present but we do have vacancies from time to time, so if you are interested please contact me on the number below.

Contact details

Jonathan & Naomi Shaw 01858 682133   email:


Wine tasting – March

This month the existing group tasted four red wines from Northern Italy – a Valpolicella Ripasso from Veneto in the Northeast, and three from Piedmont in the Northwest.  Historically Piedmont has produced the most expensive and sought-after red wines of Italy and after the group overwhelmingly preferred instead the Valpolicella, the least expensive wine of […]

Wine Tasting – February

Our January meeting was the first with the new year’s theme of “favourite wines” – exploring styles of wines made in Western Europe. It was also our debut as group leaders, along with a change of venue. The group enjoyed a selection of premium wines from the Beaujolais region of France – a Beaujolais Villages […]

Wine Tasting – December

Peter brought four excellent, and very warming, South African reds to our November meeting including a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Paarl Mountain area.  This was obtained from the Coop in Harborough for £6.99 and whilst it did not get the highest score it was considered excellent value:  there is a 15% discount if you buy […]

Wine Tasting – October & November meetings

Helen brought three Argentinian Malbecs to our October meeting.  They all tasted quite different and for once our ratings reflected the price: we gave top score to the Cantena Malbec at £13.99 from Majestic.  Peter is scheduled to bring a selection of reds from South Africa to our next meeting on November 16th, and Pat […]

Wine Tasting – October meeting

Jon brought a contrasting selection of Chilean ‘whites’ to our September meeting, including a delicious Chardonnay which showed that not all New World Chardonnay tastes of vanilla and oak!  Helen is bringing some Argentinian reds to our next meeting on 26th October.  Members have chosen the wines for tasting in 2018, and we have agreed […]

Wine Tasting – September meeting

The date of our September meeting has been brought forward a week from the 21st to the 14th – usual time and place.  In addition to tasting a selection of Chilean white wine chosen by Jon, we will be discussing the programme for 2018 and the future of the group.  On October 26th we return […]

Wine Tasting – July meeting

Wines from New Zealand have become increasingly popular over the last twenty years, particularly Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, despite being a little more expensive than similar Old and New World wines.  There is a good selection available in Market Harborough and by mail order, designed to appeal to popular tastes and budgets.  However in […]

Wine Tasting – June meeting

For once the weather was kind to us for our food and wine evening, and we were able to taste three different bottles of fizz outside before we sat down to delicious food, and three bottles of red and three of white.  As you can imagine it was an extremely jolly occasion.  Surprisingly, everybody did […]

Wine Tasting – May meeting

Pat brought four delicious Australian whites to our May meeting, to show that not all Aussie white wine is vanilla-tasting chardonnay with oak chippings added.  Indeed the one Chardonnay which she brought would have matched a decent French Burgundy.  However the group gave the highest score to a bottle of Clare Valley Riesling bought from […]

Wine Tasting – April & May meetings

We have now started to taste summer wines, and Sylvia brought along four delicious South African whites.  My favourite was an unusual Gruner Veltliner (Majestic – £10) from Durban.  This wine is commonly grown in Austria and this is the first version which we have tasted that was not grown there.  Pat is bringing a […]