Verulam Wine Tasting Club
Verulam Wine Tasting Club, based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom meets regularly to taste wines in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere.
In the light of the government advice regarding social distancing and the steps to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the committee made the decision to run a series of "virtual" tastings, from September 2020 through to June 2021. With lockdown restrictions easing, we are now cautiously optimistic of a return to live events after our summer break, and have put together an exciting programme of events for the year ahead.
We warmly welcome new members. If you are interested in joining, or would like to come along to see what our meetings are like, please contact us.
The Club is independent and non-profitmaking and is managed by a revolving committee of members. Club membership is £10.00 per annum and the charge per tasting is normally £18 for members and £22 for guests. The club came into existence in autumn 1978 and currently has over a hundred members. Tastings are held ten times a year - we usually take July and August off.
The calendar usually consists of eight 'regular' tastings where we sample 8 to 10 wines presented by a guest speaker. The speaker tells us the background behind the wine while we taste the wine. During the tasting, we provide crackers and, occasionally, antipasti (to match the wines). At the end of the tasting, we provide a supper of cold meats, cheeses, bread and salad.
In addition to the eight 'regular' tastings, we hold:
in June, an informal event such as a barbecue with food and wine.
in January, an informal blind-tasting.
Congratulations to the winners of our January 2020 blind tasting competition, Paul H overall winner, Sheila F for the highest red wine score, and Jonathan T for the highest white wine score (see Historic events page for photos).
Every year from 2013 onwards, the club has organised at least one wine tour to regions such as Alsace, Burgundy, Loire, Rioja and the Douro. On these trips we visit excellent vineyards and restaurants but rarely miss the opportunity to have a bit of fun along the way, such as a segway trip around the vineyards of Beaune and stomping grapes in the Douro.
Our most recent tour was in September 2019 to northern Italy, where we were based in Verona. Our sincere thanks to Malcolm H. and David W. for organising a great wine tour. From our base in Verona we explored the Amarone, Prosecco, Lugana and Trento wine regions of Northern Italy, enjoying some excellent wines and lovely regional food. Images below courtesy of George S.