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For our April tasting, we welcome Nik Darlington of Red Squirrel Wines on his first visit to our Society. Nik will be showing us wines from the Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean and North West Spain. The wines from the Azores are absolutely superb and it will be our Society's first opportunity to taste wines from these islands. The wines from North West Spain reflect the indigenous grapes grown in this part of the country and I know this is already a favourite region for many of our members.
We have enjoyed wines from the Red Squirrel portfolio once before, back in 2014, when Robert Woodhead presented to us. Jancis Robinson MW describes Red Squirrel as "one of the newer, younger independent merchants that has flowered in Britain". And Steven Spurrier declared their range of wine “inspiring”. So we're looking forward to tasting some more of their wines this month.Find out more »
Reflecting popular demand, we return to the Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, where we have enjoyed such great dinners in past years. The hotel is a country retreat situated in the Berkshire countryside near Newbury. Enjoy the facilities of this four star hotel on both the Saturday and Sunday, including the top rated spa, an 18m swimming pool, sauna, steam and aromatherapy rooms, and gym.Find out more »
This month we are pleased to welcome back Richard Girling, Sales Manager for John E Fells. The company can trace its roots back to the mid 19th century, so is one of the longest established wine importers in the UK. More recently, they have made a strategic move to focus on the premium and fine wine sector. Richard is a popular speaker at our Society and this time he is going to focus on two classic grape varieties - chardonnay and pinot noir. So we'll be able to experience classic style wines from the old world alongside examples of how these grapes are used to make stunning wines in the new world. Comparing single grape varietals is not something we do too often at our Society, so this should make for a really interesting tasting.Find out more »
It's always a privilege for our Society to welcome a Master of Wine, the highest qualification in the wine world. This month we are delighted to welcome Master of Wine Jo Locke, a buyer at The Wine Society, who will be presenting to us for the first time. One of Jo's specialist regions is South Africa and she will present a range of this country's wines from The Wine Society's portfolio. Jo says that South Africa is recognised for great value for money and, increasingly, for quality. She finds it exciting because it's a re-emerging wine industry. There are a lot of bright young people working there and it's the most dynamic of the world's wine regions which she is lucky enough to visit.Find out more »
In July we welcome Leah Seresin, from Seresin Estate in New Zealand's Marlborough region. Leah is daughter of founder and owner Michael Seresin and she travels the world promoting Seresin Estate and its excellent portfolio of fine wines. We are very fortunate that Leah has managed to fit us in to her busy schedule, so this is an evening not to be missed!Find out more »
This is early notice that we have an exciting summer event lined up for Sunday 11th August.
More details soon! In the meantime, please make a note of the date.Find out more »
We're planning something a little different for our September tasting. We'll tell you more about what's happening soon.Find out more »
In October, we'll welcome back Gilbert Winfield and his tasting will focus exclusively on the wines of the Southern Rhone. This region is very popular with many of our members and we'll be looking forward to tasting the fantastic blends for which this region is so well known. Of course, the reds will feature prominently, but we'll also be able to enjoy some of the modern style whites which this region is now producing. Gilbert is exceptionally qualified to present this tasting - he's a member of the Association of Wine Educators, a WSET approved educator and a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. He's also recently completed and passed the examination for the 'Master Rhone' programme with Inter-Rhone, the representative body for the wines of the Rhone Valley (who are part sponsoring our evening), so he's now an Accredited Rhone Tutor.Find out more »