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 – September 2020

  The wine tasting group met in a garden again to try three red wines from Germany.  Germany is not well known in this country for its red wines, but the climate particularly in the south-eastern state of Baden-Württemberg is very sunny and well-suited to red grapes, and Germany produces quite a lot of red […]

Wine Tasting It was a pleasant surprise to be able to restart wine tasting with the weather kind enough to allow a limited number of us to be together in a garden. We brought our own wine glasses (well, actually we always do!) and had the wine poured by one person rather than passing the […]

Wine Tasting – May 2020

We have heard of wine tasting groups running over video conference, but feel that opening 4 bottles on one night in a household might be irresponsible! If your supplies are running low there are local shops offering deliveries such as Duncan Murray and Majestic. Several of our group use The Wine Society and Naked Wines […]

Wine Tasting – March 2020 Report

The March meeting tasted four table wines from the Douro region, the home of port wine in Northern Portugal.  While table wine has always been produced in the region, for a long time only the fortified wine – port – was found outside the region itself.  Over the last 30 years, especially since Portugal joined […]

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 […]