Some lovely Californian reds brought some welcome warmth to our January meeting. Mick chose two Merlots and two Zinfandels from the Wine Society’s list, and all were well received. Zinfandel (Primitivo in Italy) produces some lovely red wines which are not always appreciated in this country, and the Shenandoah (£10.50) from Amador county was given a high score by all but one member. At our next meeting on 16th February we taste Pinot Noir chosen by Shaun, and on 16th March we taste Merlot chosen by Naomi. We need to change the location for our April, May and June meetings, but we can agree this in March. Michael Switzer.