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The Wine Appreciation Group

Leader:  Annie Scotney - wine@ashbyu3a.co.uk -


We have started a new Wine Appreciation group. The objective of the group is to widen the members’ experience of wines and all matters pertaining to wines. Annie Scotney has agreed to be the initial leader of the group and to coordinate meetings. The group began by simply gathering together to discuss personal favourite wines, bringing a bottle with them to provide a small taste. We are currently tasting a choice of wines bought by a different member each month. Those present at the tasting share the cost.

The group has already attracted a large number of potential members and so places are restricted at the moment, but if you are interested in joining please contact Annie at wine@ashbyu3a.co.uk. Further places may be available.

We currently meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

Future programme

Wed 15th Jun7:00 pmAnnie's house

20th April

This month's meeting was cancelled at short notice as Annie was not feeling well. The wines planned for this month's tasting will be tried next month.

16th March

We welcomed 2 new members to the group ths month, Kurt & Lynda. They like many of us are starting to learn about the different varieties of wines, the range of grapes used and the flavours due to those grapes and also the area were they are made.

This month Annie had supplied 3 very different wines all made from the Zinfandel grape. This grape is called Primitivo in Italy. The first wine was a light red from Puglia in Southern Italy, the second a darker, heavier red from California and the third was a so-called White Zinfandel which was actually a dark rosé. For some reason the Californians call that white!

The wines couldn't be more different. The Italian was light and refreshing, the Californian was much heavier and rich whilst the rosé was quite sweet with a very different aroma. The reds were generally liked but the rosé divided opinions!

A very interesting tasting session.