Wine Group Three

Wine Group Three

Wine Group Three is a sociable group of amateur wine enthusiasts who take turns hosting monthly tastings that are informal, friendly and yet informative.  The group usually meets at 7:30pm on the third Tuesday of each month in the Upper Hall of Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South.

On Tuesday 17 October we move from England to the colonies as we will be tasting wines discovered in the USA by Stuart and Jean.

Our group is currently full but from time to time we have a small number of vacancies.  For further details please get in touch with the Group Contact.

Although this group is currently full, new groups are being formed as existing ones fill up, so please contact William Armitage 07890 709462 about the possibility of setting up a new wine tasting group.

Brief notes on previous tastings may be found below.

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People sometimes ask where do you get wine from, here is a list of suppliers that have been used by presenters in the past. This should not be considered as a recommendation, but the organisiers can probably point you at someone who has used them...

This month's presentation was given by Graham and Lynn who unusually presented on dog related wines...

This month's presentation was given by Kim and Teresa who brought us more obsure wines from former conflict zones ...

This month's presentation was given by Peter and Sue who brought wines which reflect the spririt of spring ...

This month's meeting was presented by Alison and Mike, on a theme nobody expects...

This month's meeting was presented by Trish and John with a theme relecting the New Year.

Our annual Christmas Dinner was held at the Fox in Willian again this year, and was well attended by members of the group (even some on crutches!).

This month's presentation was given by Martin and Auriol who made a varied selection of wines and tested the group's knowlege. The wines are listed below...

This month's tasting was hosted by Ronnie and Paul, who brought wines for Christmas in good time for the group to go shopping. 

This month's hosts were Julie and Jerry who had selected wines to go with cheese, which was available to try with the wines listed below ...

This months hosts were Kim and Teresa who had selected some wines for summer drinking. Lower alcohol wines that can be enjoyed at lunchtime, at an al fresco picnic or at a BBQ...

This month's presentation was hosted by Barry and Linda who took us on a tour of the wines of northern Italy ...

This month's meeting was hosted by Gordon and Gayle, they took us on a South American odessey...

This month's meeting was hosted by Ann and Sheila and was the first time for both of them, they chose to look at wines that were "Off the beaten track"...

This month's tastings were lead by Clive and Susan, and explored wines that can be bought at the budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl..

Our annual Christmas Dinner was held at the Fox in Willian again this year, and was very well attended by members of the group.

Our November meeting was hosted by John and Patricia, who chose wines from a single year 2013, on the face of it not a promising year, but read on...

October's meeting was hosted by Julie and Jerry who took their wines from the supermarket wines assessed by Which? magazine...

New Discoveries in Wine from Croatia to South Australia was presented by Sue & Bim who asked us to guess which country these wines came from...

This year hosted by Peter and Sue.

There was no tasting session in June, instead we joined the other wine groups supporting the Letchworth Festival at Letchworh Golf Club. This year Kim and Teresa chose Itallian wines for the festival – the sort that Inspector Montalbano would drink...

Barry and Linda hosted this meeting, and challenged us to guess the price of seven interesting South America wines...

Mike & Sue hosted this meeting. and started the evening off with an unusual white port.

Maps of wines used in presentations.

Stuart & Jean hosted this meeting, sheich toured both North and South islands of New Zealand with a varied selection of wines. The wines were...

This year our Christmas Dinner was at the Fox in Willian.

Martin and Auriol hosted this meeting with a fine selection of wines from the new world, including a dessert wine to finish. The wines were... 

Ronnie and Paul hosted this meeting, in full french attire, with background music and food. Their efforts were greatly appreciated by the many people who attended all of whom had a great evening. The wines were...

Our annual Christmas Dinner was held at the Fox in Willian again this year. Rather than describing the event here please see the pictures in the gallary above, as a picture is worth a thousand words. 

November’s meeting was hosted by Mike & Alison, and explains the wines on our stand at the Letchworth festival wine tasting. The wines were: ...

Teresa hosted the meeting, Kim unfortunately couldn't make it on the night. The subject was on Wine Society Champions - Blind Tasting Winners 2014 See extensive tasting notes below...

Julie and Jerry host the first meeting of the new season on the 16th of Septembe...

Hosted by Julie and Jerry

There was no meeting in June. Instead, we supported the Letchworth Festival Wine Tasting that took place at the Letchworth Golf Club with selected wines from South Africa.

For our May meeting Ronnie organised a fantastic day out visiting Gifford Hall Vineyard  http://www.giffordshall.co.uk/index near Bury St Edmunds.

For our April meeting Jas chose the theme “A Blast from the Past“ that took us on an enjoyable trip down memory lane...

For our March meeting Lynn and Graham chose a great selection of wines from Hitchin’s twin town of Bingen-am-Rhein in the German Rheinhessen region...

For our February meeting Martin and Auriol chose a “Wine with Food” theme where they presented a great selection of wines each served with complimentary food...

Our evenings started up again for the New Year with Kim and Theresa presenting a range of supermarket wines which have won top wine awards...

Our annual Christmas Dinner was held at the Fox in Willian this year.

Clive and Susan hosting a blind tasting with an interesting selection of wines really testing the palates...

Our tasting evenings continued with Sue and Bim presenting a fascinating selection of The Wine Society’s Champion Wines.

Alison and Mike presented a selection of wines based on two grapes (Chardonnay and Tempranillo) showing how different climates or oaking processes can make a significant difference to the final wine...

Hosted by Julie and Jerry.

There was no meeting in June. Instead, we supported the Letchworth Festival Wine Tasting that took place at the Letchworth Golf Club.

Sue and Mike Reeves presented a selection of 'Wines from Around the World'

Gordon and Gayle presented a fantastic selection of Spanish wines with an assortment of tapas.

Bev Bollons was the guest speaker at our March meeting and brought along a fantastic selection of Italian wines...

Ronnie and Paul presented on Pot Luck.

Presented by Clive and Diane Rogers.

Our annual Christmas Dinner was held at the Fox in Willian this year.

Stuart and Jean presented on South American Wines...

Clive organised a meeting at La Concha in Letchworth. The presenter was Vincenzo Falanga of Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines http://www.hallgartendruitt.co.uk/ ...

Graham and Lynn presented on three groups of Red and White wines produced from the same grape variety...

Hosted by Alison & Mike.

There was no meeting in June. Instead, we supported the Letchworth Festival Wine Tasting that took place at the Letchworth Golf Club on Friday 22 June...

Rory Shone and Jeanette Fox from Ninesprings Wine in Hitchin gave an excellent presentation of their South African wines at our tasting on 15 May...

Sue and Peter Bathmaker hosted the tasting on 17 April using the theme ‘A Taste of Spring’.  This was an interesting selection of three white and five red wines sourced mainly from the New World, and included some lesser-known grape varieties to test our palates and wine knowledge...

Our ‘Taste the Difference’ evening on 20 March was both entertaining and educational.  A blind tasting and some wine related questions gave the grey matter a good workout and our thanks go to Martin and Auriol Davies for all the hard work they put into making it such a successful event.

Mike Reeves chose the title ‘Bin Ends’ for his presentation of a selection of wines from Laithwaites Wine on 21 February.

John McNeil presented a selection of four white and three Fairtrade Wines from countries in the Southern Hemisphere.  Fairtrade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability....

Our December meeting was our Christmas Dinner which was held on Tuesday 20 December at the Black Horse at Ireland (Bedfordshire!).

Our meeting in November looked at Australian wines and we were pleased to welcome Chris Unger from Negociants UK to Letchworth to share a selection of Yalumba Wines with us.  Negociants UK is the UK arm of Negociants International, the export department of Australia’s oldest family owned winery, Yalumba.

Former investment banker, Warren Edwardes, hosted our October tasting when he gave an interesting, entertaining and palate provoking presentation on “Wines and Spices”...

John and Patricia Noble surprised us with a blind tasting...

Wine Group Three's Stall featuring wines from Down Under together with hosts Martin and Auriol Davies.

Hosted by Graham & Lynn

There was no meeting in June.  Instead, we supported the Letchworth Festival Wine Tasting that took place at the Letchworth Hall Hotel on Friday 24 June

Our May meeting was a ‘Matching Food and Wine’ meal at the Indulge Restaurant at the Centre for the Arts in Hitchin when a selection of French wines from The Wine Society were matched to the French Night theme evening menu...

Mike and Sue Reeves presented a selection of wines from Portugal.  With two white wines and four reds, the selection reflected wine manufacture in Portugal where red wine production exceeds white...

The mystery of Paul and Ronnie Gilbert’s tasting theme “Mad as a March Hare” was quickly revealed at our March event when they explained that no hares were actually involved, just a selection of wines that featured something to do with animals (or fish) on the labels! ...

Stuart Patch presented a selection of white wines and Doug Rule offered us his choice of reds. The wines selected were chosen to be light and fresh – to revive our palates after the heavy food and wines of the festive season...

Alison Etchells and Mike Clarke hosted a very informative and fun evening. We were presented with three pairs of wines: one sparkling, one white and one red pair and invited to “Spot the Difference”. All the wines were from the Wine Society. Each pairing had in common the grape variety, the country/region and generally a similar year. In fact the only major difference was price...

Twenty-five members of Wine Group Three braved the wintry weather on the shortest day of the year to attend our Christmas Dinner at the Black Horse in Ireland. The meal was a great success and our thanks go to Patricia Noble for organising the event. Photos of some of the members enjoying themselves at the meal are in the gallery.

Using six wines from three of the ten Beaujolais crus, Carole Sender and Robert Galloway used a comparative tasting technique to demonstrate some of the different styles of Beaujolais...

Pictures of the wine bottles or labels used in some of our tastings.

Last updated with the January 2015 bottles. 

At the October meeting, John McNeil hosted a tasting of German wines and tried to unravel some of the mysteries of German wine labels. (Check out the wine label in the Gallery) ...

The autumn season got underway in September when Julie Bolter used the theme of "Oaks and Tannins" to challenge our taste buds. Twenty-one members attended this entertaining and educational tasting that was held in our new venue – the Mrs Howard Memorial Hall...

An informal get together hosted by Julie & Jerry, bring a bottle and a plate of food to share.

Hosted by Graham & Lynn.

 Our June meeting was a ‘blind tasting’ led superbly by Auriole and Martin...

We enjoyed an excellent and fun evening, tasting some Wine Society South African offerings led by Ronnie and Paul. Ronnie also provided some tasty pates and cheese...

 The meeting on Tuesday 20 April was led by Peter Moore, who gave a splendid presentation on a range of white and red wines including...

The March meeting was a wine tasting at La Concha arranged by Clive.

In February we welcomed Rita Mascia from Wine Group 2, freshly returned from her wine tour of Argentina she gave us the benefit of her wine adventures there.

We took a broad view of the meaning of wine at a most convivial January meeting. Tricia and John presented tastings of vodka.

Wine group 3 was established by a meeting in David's bookshop under the chairmanship of Peter Bathmaker.