2017 Reports


October’s presentation of Croatian wines was a huge success and proved a very interesting theme with some extremely delicious and unusual wine.
Every choice was well received with the Matuško Dingač Red proving to be one of the most popular. Served with some authentic Croatian food from Hilary, it made for a great evening.


Our new season started with a presentation from Steve and Sheila called ‘Deal or No Deal’. They presented wines from different countries that are currently on offer.


Our last event was the Wine Festival, and was an extremely well attended and successful evening. We would like to thank Jo and Mark who presented their Sardinian Wines and Karen and Mike for their presentation of German wines. Our Old Warden Bacchus drew a lot of interest and was a sell out on the night.


We had a true Wine Discovery evening last month of Sardinian wines presented by Mark and Jo from www.tasteofsardinia.com/ who are based in Letchworth.  All the wines were superb and some have never been available in the UK before.  The White Spera Vermentino proved to be a particularly popular wine with everyone.  Mark made the evening very entertaining for us all and Jo brought along some of their special Pecorino cheeses which they sell on their website.


The last few meetings have had extremely good turnouts and thanks to everyone who is coming along and supporting us.  Terry and Cheryl's presentation on South African wines was a real hit, and I think there might have been a bit of a rush to The Wine Society the day after to pick up a few bottles of the Percheron Chenin Blanc Viognier, Swartland 2016 at a very reasonable £5.95 a bottle.


We had a great presentation by Mark and Karen who brought back some German wines from the Weingut Herkelrath Vineyard situated in the wine region of Pfalz in Germany. Sometimes known in English speaking circles as the ‘Palatinate’ stretching for 50 miles, just north of Alsace from the French and German border, the Pfalz produces red and white wines of distinction. However, Riesling is king here and we were able to sample some delicious Riesling and Gewürztraminer wines. The words Pfalz and Palatinate both derive from the Latin ‘palatium,’ meaning palace. The Roman emperors constructed their imperial residences on a hill in the region 2000 years ago, and the name still sticks.
Mark entertained us with stories of the time he actually helped out with the harvesting of the wines as a young man and how he returned with Karen whom he married there.