Our 2015 events

Our 2015 events

December

The December meeting traditionally featured our Fine Wines evening and this year Carolyn Clayton provided the selection. The evening started with an excellent Veuve Clicquot Champagne followed by a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with very subtle flavours not found in
everyday versions. An unusual Chardonnay from Mendoza provided a prelude to four splendid French reds and an equally high quality Brunello di Montalcino from Tuscany. The evening concluded with a final flourish coming from a glorious Bordeaux. A selection of bread and cheeses to accompany the wines was provided by Jean Haigh.

All in all, an excellent start to the Christmas season.

November

It can be difficult to produce a novel method of tasting wines.

John Wilburn, however, came up with a solution by providing us with a selection of wines recommended by The Wine Society, based in Stevenage. We had to decide whether we agreed with the experts or not. Eight wines were sampled, the first white received a definite no vote, and four wines a definite yes. The remainder were not received with great enthusiasm, just proving that in
the end it’s all a matter of personal preferences.

October

At our October meeting, we tasted a selection of South African wines presented by Phil, the manager of Majestic Wines in Stevenage.
We started with a fresh, fruity, Chenin Blanc followed by a Sauvignon Blanc and a Viognier.
The Reds featured a Pinotage and two blended wines. One containing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec and the other a blend of six grapes! Our speaker gave us a brief history of the vineyards associated with the wines.
Surprisingly, some dated back several hundred years.

May

Carolyn Clayton led us down memory lane at our April meeting by offering us a selection of wines we had tasted at our annual dinners dating back over several years. Tasting the wines again brought back memories of the wonderful range of foods we had also enjoyed.

In all, we sampled eight wines from five countries accompanied by cheese and biscuits. A truly memorable evening.

April

Carolyn Clayton led us down memory lane at our April meeting by offering us a selection of wines we had tasted at our annual dinners dating back over several years. Tasting the wines again brought back memories of the wonderful range of foods we had also enjoyed.

In all, we sampled eight wines from five countries accompanied by cheese and biscuits. A truly memorable evening.

March

Following a recent visit to Western Australia George Barnes gave us a synopsis of the
vineyard development in that area at our March meeting. He had managed to find eight examples of Western Australian wines in the U.K., which we had the pleasure of tasting during the evening. Three whites, followed by five reds, gave us a fascinating insight into the wide variety of wines grown in the Margaret river area of Oz.
To accompany the wines George and Ellen Barnes provided tasty cheese and biscuits, and received a welldeserved round of applause at the end of the evening.

February

Our February meeting featured a comparison of wines obtained from LIDL and ALDI.

John Raines, who presented the wines, had chosen a mixed wide-ranging selection as it had proved difficult to find identical styles from each supermarket. He posed us the task of identifying the store, and the price paid for each bottle. We started with a Chablis and after sampling a further seven wines it became clear that paying between eight to nine pounds for French classics such as Chablis, Bordeaux, Fleurie, and Crozes Hermitage, proved to be surprisingly good value for money. For £5-99 a Rioja and an Argentinian Malbec from Lidl also proved that very drinkable wines can be found at that price level. Overall, the wines from LIDL were marginally ahead of those from ALDI. Jean Haigh chose LIDL for an enjoyable selection of snacks, bread and cheese to accompany the wines.

January

The Group was unable to meet for a wine tasting session in early January, due to the closure of the venue over the Christmas holidays.
A large contingent of the group, however, at a later date, sought solace by meeting for a Group
dinner at the Broadway Hotel. Our thanks go to Jean and Alan Haigh for organising a very
successful event.