Our 2018 events


Paul Johnson selected a range of South African wines for our May meeting. A tasting of two whites and five reds proved that South Africa is making great strides in producing a selection of wines that can compete with the rest of the world, rather than just the inevitable Pinotage. Paul also provided tasting notes, a map of the wine production areas, and a brief history indicating that planting vineyards commenced as far back as the 17th Century.


At our April meeting Jean Haigh gave us a unique presentation titled ‘Grapes -Taste the Difference’. She covered the major grape varieties with in depth descriptions such as their history, colour, flavour, chemical composition, areas of production, and taste. An extremely interesting evening, which, of course, included sampling the wines.


Our February meeting featured a selection of wines provided by a local company ‘Taste of Sardinia’. The proprietor, Mark, and his wife gave us a selection of Sardinian wines to taste
accompanied by Sardinian cheeses. We tasted strongly flavoured white wines followed by intense, full-bodied reds and a final superb dessert wine.

Overall a unique evening.


A mixture of cold weather, holidays and various viruses resulted in a diminished attendance at our January meeting. Those who did attend enjoyed tasting novel wines, with some very drinkable whites priced as low as £3.00 a bottle. A good variety of reds followed, including a mini-blind tasting of excellent Riojas.