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 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 […]

Wine Tasting – December

Our tasting this month concluded our year of the wines of Western Europe with a look at the Northern Rhone. The dominant grape of the Northern Rhone area is the Syrah – the same variety that turns up in Australia as Shiraz.  Our wines started off piste in Romania with Nonius: Feteasca Neagra / Shiraz […]

Wine Tasting – November

  This month was our penultimate on the theme for the year of wine styles of Western Europe and featured red wines from the southern end of the Rhone river.  We conclude next month with wines from the northern end of the Rhone – a rather different style.  Naomi brought us four very fruity wines […]

Wine tasting – October

This month Alsace was on the menu, and Sylvia treated us to four wines made from different grape varieties – Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, all from Majestic Wines.  Alsace, in the shadow of the Vosges mountains, has low rainfall and therefore concentrated flavours in its wines, and this selection did not disappoint.  […]

Wine tasting – August

  For the July meeting we tasted four wines made from the Riesling grape in New Zealand, Germany, France (Alsace) and Austria.  Most of the bottles claimed that their area was ideal for the cultivation of Riesling, and it is a tribute to the versatility of this noble grape that most of the wine for […]

Wine Tasting – July

This month the group enjoyed a party with a French theme at Michael and Marilyn’s home.  A selection of French wines were tasted and the group generally preferred the red “Les Jamelles” from the Co-op.  We are still trying to complete a quorum for a second wine tasting group.

Wine Tasting – June

This month Peter brought four white wines from Italy – spanning the country from the Alto Adige on the edge of the Alps to Campania inland from Naples. Our favourite was the furthest northerly – the “Stella Alpina” Pinot Grigio 2016 from the Alto Adige. We rated highly rated the Soave Classico 2016, “Inama” also […]

Wine Tasting – May

We are still recruiting to set up a new group for this, so please let us know if you are interested. The current group met to taste white Burgundy wine. In a change from our usual format we had three rather than four wines, the bottles were wrapped up, and there was a very wide […]

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 […]