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

The current group is full but we are intending to set up another group for which there is already considerable interest, so if you are interested in joining the new group, please contact us on the number or email address below.

Contact details

Jonathan & Naomi Shaw 01858 682133   email:


Wine tasting – February 2020

The group’s first meeting of the New Year started the theme of “Lesser known wine areas” with red wines from Portugal’s Alentejo – the bit of Portugal south of the Tagus river and north of the Algarve.  Naomi brought us four wines across a wide spectrum of prices, all sourced from The Wine Society – a […]

Wine Tasting – December

The November meeting completed the group’s theme for the year of “New World, Old World” when Peter brought us (all wines this time were sourced from Sainsburys) two bottles of Chianti and two bottles from the New World to compare.  This was the most ambitious comparison of the year as there is no obvious New […]

Wine tasting – November

In October  Pat brought us four wines made from the Malbec, or Cot (or apparently 2,000 other synonyms) grape – two from France and the other two from Chile and Argentina as part of our New World, Old World theme.  We started in Chile with Lastarria 2018, 13% £6.99 Majestic.  This was rated overall as […]

Wine Tasting – October

We reached the end of our white wine summer comparisons as part of the year’s “New World, Old World” theme by tasting 4 wines made from the Chardonnay grape.  All of this month’s wines were from Majestic and prices are for their “Mix Six”.  The first two both came from South Africa.  They were “Trebuchet” […]

Wine Tasting – August

Wine Tasting The theme for this month was a comparison of White Bordeaux wines with their New World equivalents. The Sauvignon Blanc grape’s main home in France is in Bordeaux where it is often blended with Semillon to make dry white wine. Many New World countries have adopted these grapes and the blending of them. […]

Wine Tasting – July

We now believe that there are nearly enough people to set up another group so we welcome anybody interested in joining this. The existing group met in May to taste wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape – two from the Loire valley in France and two from New Zealand.  The overall winner was Domaine […]

Wine Tasting, April 2019

As we reach warmer weather, so we have moved over from red wine to white, and this month we tasted wines made from the Riesling grape.  Michael brought us four to try as part of our theme “Old World, New World”.  The Old World was represented by Neubern Riesling 2017 from Austria – Lidl, £3.99, […]

Wine tasting – April

This month we tasted four wines based on the Cabernet Sauvignon grape.  The first and last of the wines came from the Medoc area of Bordeaux in Old World France, the spiritual home of this grape.  The New World is represented by the second wine from Australia and the third from Chile. All the wines […]

Wine Tasting Group – February 2019

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety. The name is derived from the French word for pine, alluding to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Other regions that […]

Wine Tasting Group – January 2019

Californian Zinfandel vs Italian Primitivo. This was the first meeting for the 2019 theme of “New World, Old World”, which compares wine styles between Europe and the rest of the world.  In most cases the same grape has been grown in very different places and we are interested in the various effects that the different […]