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October 2018

Alun Griffiths, Master of Wine: Burgundy

October 10, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Master of Wine Alun Griffiths has been a great friend of our Society for over 20 years and we have always enjoyed the tastings he has presented to us. Alun has recently been working in China, so we haven't seen him for a while. So it will be an absolute pleasure for us to be able to welcome him back this month. One of Alun's speciality regions is Burgundy, so that's what we have asked him to present to us this evening. Burgundy wines do not come cheap, so we've given Alun a much larger budget than usual so that he can show use some of his favourite wines from the region. This is undoubtedly an evening not to be missed!

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November 2018

Mark Bedford, Caviste: Wine Legends

November 14, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Mark Bedford has been a friend of our Society for many years, so it's a delight to be able to welcome him back to present to us in November. Mark's evenings always have a story to tell and he has that enviable skill of being able to combine an interesting talk with some great wines. This month Mark will tell us about some of the wine legends that he meets in his travels around the globe and show us some of the brilliant wines they produce. Mark will also involve Matt Parris, his recently appointed Manager at their Newlyn shop, which is just outside Hook.

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December 2018

Christmas Tasting – FULL

December 12, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Our master of ceremonies for the evening will be Nesta Downey, who has organised an evening of interactive tasting, chatting, conferring and light hearted competition. We have many wine enthusiasts within our Society and it’s always good to taste wines which are recommended by them. That’s why at Christmas time, we open the floor to eight of our members, who will each introduce a wine of their choice. I'm confident that we can expect to taste some great wines and the evening is guaranteed to get us in the festive spirit! We will be seated in our usual layout at The Raven. More details in the December newsletter.

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January 2019

Serhat Narsap, Sonvino: Artisan Winemakers of the Mediterranean

January 9 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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We start 2019 by welcoming Serhat Narsap, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sonvino, who is visiting our Society for the first time. Sonvino imports great value wines from boutique producers in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Turkey. The wines are made by artisans of the wine industry, skilled winemakers who put their life and soul into making small quantities of excellent quality wines.

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February 2019

New World Wine Gems from Keith & Jim

February 13 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Now a regular feature in our calendar, Jim "Order please" King and Keith "The Magnum" Cooper will present their wine gems. This year, all of their chosen wines will be from the new world. The tasting will be preceded by a brief AGM.

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March 2019

Simon Taylor, Stone Vine & Sun: Argentina & Chile

March 13 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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This month we welcome back one of our Society's post popular speakers to present one of our Society's most favoured wine regions of the world. Yes, it's Simon Taylor of Stone, Vine & Sun, who will present a tasting of wines from Argentina and Chile. Simon has travelled widely in Chile and Argentina, and his discoveries earned Stone, Vine & Sun the International Wine Challenge Specialist Merchant for Chile award in 2015. This tasting should display the breadth of wine now being produced in the Southern Cone, from cool climate, coastal Chilean Riesling and Pinot Noir to the ripe and dense reds from Malbec, Carmenère and Syrah grown in the sunnier zones either side of the Andes. This will be a great tasting and is sure to be popular!

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April 2019

Nik Darlington, Red Squirrel Wines: Portugal (Azores) & North West Spain

April 10 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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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.

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Society Dinner at Donnington – FULL – WAITLIST

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - April 28 @ 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.

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May 2019

Richard Girling, Fells: Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

May 8 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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This month we are pleased to welcome back Richard Girling, Fine Wine Director for 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. Over the last 20 years, 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 Burgundy and 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.

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June 2019

Jo Locke, Master of Wine: Wines of South Africa

June 12 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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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.

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