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November 2021

Lynda Mellor: Wines of South Africa

November 10, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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This month we welcome Lynda Mellor on what will be her first visit to our Society.  Lynda will be presenting wines from South Africa, an area which she is well regarded for her knowledge and enthusiasm. She came to the wine industry by mistake, having been offered a sales position by a South African wine importer. She took the job, found her calling and has never looked back!   In recent years, Lynda has been UK Ambassador for Holden Manz wines, so these wines will feature amongst other wineries which she knows well.

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December 2021

Christmas tasting: Drinking with Dickens

December 8, 2021 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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For our Christmas tasting this year, we'll be taking members back to the 19th century! Society Member Nesta has come up with this brilliant idea and she will be coordinating our evening.   Nesta discovered that Charles Dickens was a “bon viveur” who had a wine cellar at Gads Hill Place in Kent.  The list of the wines he held there reveals that he purchased most of his wines from the three Ellis brothers merchants. The wine company the Ellis brothers created now trades as Ellis Wines, so it is fitting that their Business Development Manager Chris White should present the wines.

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January 2022

Tasting postponed

January 12 @ 7:45 pm

Our planned tasting with Tim Syrad has been postponed until Wednesday 9th March.

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February 2022

Annual General Meeting (by Zoom)

February 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
By Zoom

Our AGM will be held using Zoom. The AGM papers and Zoom joining instructions will be e-mailed to members in late January. This will have similar content to previous AGMs, including the regular reports and members' acceptance of the annual accounts. We expect the meeting to last about 30 to 40 minutes. We'd like to encourage as many members as possible to attend the AGM, so please put this date in your diary.

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March 2022

Tim Syrad: Wines of Portugal

March 9 @ 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 Tim Syrad. Tim is well known to many of our members as both an excellent presenter and also an organiser of great wine tours. This time Tim will be presenting the wines of Portugal, introducing wines which have been well received by enthusiasts on his wine tours. We will taste a fascinating array of grapes encompassing wines from a number of different regions.

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April 2022

Aaron Irons, Condor: Argentina & Chile

April 13 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Condor is a UK-based independent specialist importer of Argentine, Chilean and Uruguayan wines. and was awarded ‘Specialist Merchant of the Year (South America)’ by the International Wine Challenge in 2019. Tonight we welcome Condor's Regional Manager, Aaron Irons.  He's worked in the wine trade since 2007 and at Condor since 2019. Aaron also holds the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits.

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May 2022

Nik Darlington, Pip of Manor Farm: Nik’s pick of Pip’s best selling wines

May 11 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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Some of you will remember Nik Darlington, who presented to us a few years ago when he was at Red Squirrel Wine. Nik has now created Pip, an independent wine merchant based just down the down from us in Seale near Farnham.  It's a local wine shop, run by locals, for locals - with around 200 wines on the shelves. Tonight Nik will present his pick of Pip's best selling wines, so there will be something for everyone.

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June 2022

Robert Boutflower, Tanners Wines: Sparkling Wine

June 8 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven Hotel, The Raven Hotel
Hook, RG27 9HS United Kingdom
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It's been four years since we last welcomed Robert Boutflower to present to us. We had a great time on that occasion, so we have no hesitation in giving him the opportunity to talk to us again. Robert is a Director at Tanners Wine Merchants, a long established retailer, well known to many of our members. We expect the sun to be shining in June, so we've chosen a summer theme of sparkling wines for our evening.  Robert has selected 8 of Tanner's top sparkling wines, all of which demonstrate their own individual style and character and all of which are excellent value for money.   

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July 2022

Dan Farrell-Wright, Director at Wickhams: Wines of Italy

July 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 Dan Farrell-Wright, who is presenting to us for the first time.   Dan is a Director of Wickhams, an online wine merchant. They're a relatively new company, having been started during the first Covid lockdown. Since then they have been shortlisted for two Decanter Retail Awards and they've won a Gold Trusted Service Award from Feefo. Dan will be presenting a selection of wines from Italy, so this should be popular with most of our members!

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POSTPONED – Visit to Stanlake Park Wine Estate, Berkshire

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Stanlake Park Wine Estate, Twyford
Berkshire, RG10 0BN
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Following on from the success of last year's visit to Greyfriars vineyard, this year we have arranged a visit to Stanlake Park Wine Estate.  The estate is situated near Twyford in Berkshire.  It's about 18 miles from Hook, so should be easy to reach for our evening visit. The tour will include a walk around the vineyards, a visit to the winery, a tutored tasting and a cheese platter. What a way to spend a summer evening!

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