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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 will begin simply by gathering together to discuss personal favourite wines, perhaps bringing a bottle with them to provide a small taste.

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.

Future programme

October 20th

For our second meeting we again had 5 members attend. It would have been 7 but Colin and Sharon couldn’t make it, however we had 2 new members - Colin E and Pat.

As we did last month, we each brought a bottle of wine which we thought others would like and which cost less than £10. Most bottles were well under that. We tasted, not glugged!, each wine in turn. Unlike last time, we recorded our tasting notes and scored each wine out of 10. Whilst we all had similar views on most of the wines, it was surprising how different opinions were of one or two. I think as we get to know each other, we are getting braver in our criticisms without upsetting the wine’s provider!

The wine with the highest score at the end of the evening, and which most of us voted the best, was a red wine from Germany’s Mosel valley brought by Colin.

Next month Ken will provide 4 bottles for us to taste. We will be interested to see what wines we get to taste.