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November 2017

Quentin Sadler: Hidden Corners of Italy

November 8 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Quentin has not presented to us for over 10 years. So it's especially appropriate that we will welcome him back in our 30th anniversary year. Quentin will present a tasting of wines from the hidden corners of Italy, which is expected to include both whites and reds from regions such as Campania, Marche, Piedmont, Trentino and Veneto.

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December 2017

The Society’s Christmas Tasting

December 13 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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This year the boys will be up against the girls - Liz's team of four girls and Terry's team of four boys will each present a wine of their choice. So we can expect to taste some great wines and the evening is guaranteed to get us in the festive spirit! Full details of our Christmas tasting will be published in our Christmas newsletter.

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January 2018

Richard Bampfield, Master of Wine: Wine Buying at Lidl

January 10, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Our first tasting of 2018 promises to be a very special evening. We are delighted to welcome Master of Wine Richard Bampfield to present to us. Richard is a wine buying consultant at Lidl and he is going to give us a fascinating behind the scenes insight into the thinking behind wine buying at the supermarket. Richard's talk will feature his pick of what's really good on the shelves at the time.

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February 2018

Wine Gems from Keith & Jim

February 14, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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It's Valentine's day, so you'll need to decide between spending the evening with your lover or coming along to a great wine tasting. No contest, is there? If you're likely to get into trouble by choosing the tasting, then why not bring your lover along to the tasting? Jim "Order please" King and Keith "The Magnum" Cooper will present their wine gems. The tasting will be preceded by a brief AGM.

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March 2018

Richard Bost, Wine Educator: Alternative Australia

March 14, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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If you think that Australia is only about Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon (and perhaps Semillon and Riesling), then think again! The Australian wine scene is bursting with new arrivals and lesser known grape varieties, which are grabbing the attention of critics, sommeliers, and wine-drinkers around the world. Richard Bost is now a favourite speaker at our Society and we look forward to welcoming him back.

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April 2018

Robert Boutflower, Tanners: The wines of Spain

April 11, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Robert Boutflower is a very popular speaker at our Society and tonight he will present his pick of wines from Spain. Tanners is one of the UK's longest established wine merchants and tasting wines from their portfolio is always a viticultural pleasure.

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The Society’s Annual Dinner at Donnington

April 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - April 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, Old Oxford Road
Donnington, RG14 3AG United Kingdom
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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. Bookings open 1st November!

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May 2018

Tony Cloke, European Sales Manager, Spy Valley Wines

May 9, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Spy Valley is a family-owned winery based in the beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand. Tonight, we are very pleased to welcome Tony Cloke on his first visit to our Society. Tony is European Sales Manager for Spy Valley wines and is their primary representative in the UK. He will guide us through a tasting exclusively featuring Spy Valley wines.

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Upcoming Events
  1. Quentin Sadler: Hidden Corners of Italy

    November 8 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. The Society’s Christmas Tasting

    December 13 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
  3. Richard Bampfield, Master of Wine: Wine Buying at Lidl

    January 10, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
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