The Club's diary of forthcoming events is here.
The general pattern of events is the second Saturday every month from September to June, reverting to the third Saturday of the month from January 2020. Forthcoming events are listed below. For earlier events, please see the historic events page.
27th July 2019 - Ridgeview Wine Estate visit
22 members of VWTC are looking forward to their visit to Ridgeview Wine Estate for a tour and tasting of award winning wines. Talking about awards; they don’t come better than these!
IWSC English Wine Producer of the Year Trophy 2018
IWSC Winemaker of the Year Trophy 2018
Thursday 12th September to Tuesday 17th September – Italian Wine Tour (based in Verona)
In September we have organised an exciting tour of Italian wine regions, based in Verona. Our party of 20 members will be staying in this ancient city on the River Adige famous for its ancient buildings and its artistic heritage.
We have arranged four days of wine tours in mini buses covering Amarone country, the main region producing Prosecco, Simione on Lake Garda with a tasting of Lugana wines and a boat trip, and the Trento region. Lunch with matched wines is included each day.
21st September 2019 - Members Tasting
Eight members are taking the opportunity to present a wine of their choice. In addition we will be serving a reception wine (as usual) but also a dessert wine with the supper. Four of the wines are to be presented by committee members. Not only will this be an opportunity to enjoy some nice wines, but it will give you the opportunity to meet some of the relatively recently appointed committee members.
12th October 2019 - Georgian Wines with Vivienne Franks
Georgia is regarded as the birthplace of wine and of very ancient grape varieties. Rkatsiteli and Saperavi are the most well known. The old traditional Georgian practice of wine making in clay amphorae is being revived today in many wine regions worldwide. These amphorae are called ‘Qvrevi’ and the wines produced in these containers are known as Orange Wines.
Vivienne aims to show a sparkling rosé, two white wines produced in a modern style and two white wines made in qvevri, followed by a modern style red wine and two ‘Orange’ red wines. All the wines tasted will be from The Georgian Wine Society www.georgianwinesociety.co.uk one of the leading UK importers of Georgian wines.
9th November 2019 - An Italian Wine Journey with David Green of Petersham Cellars
Petersham Cellar have been importing wine direct from all parts of Italy over the last 5 years, with particular focus on small producers with an organic/biodynamic philosophy. We will taste through 8 regions and 8 unique products. From North to South, from the Dolomites to Sicily, via Lombardy, Piedmonte, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Campania and Puglia… a truly great journey through this wonderfully diverse country.
Italy has the most wide ranging and beautiful selection of wines on offer – each region competing over who makes the best wine – help us decide in November! Before then you may wish to visit the Petersham Cellar website to understand a bit more about their business www.petershamcellar.com.
7th December 2019 - New Zealand Wines with Julia Jenkins of Flagship Wines
Sauvignon Blanc is the mainstay of New Zealand’s wine offering – it does make some delightful ones too – but the tasting will be an opportunity to show the diversity of the wines available in terms of style and grape variety.
There are small areas of the Spanish Albarino grape, and the Austrian Zweigelt grape now being grown in New Zealand and making some delicious wines with the obvious New Zealand twist of zestiness and vibrancy. We’ll taste these and other white, rose & red wines from Hawkes Bay & Martinborough in North Island down to the Southern tip of South Island from Nelson, Marlborough and Central Otago. An exciting whistle stop tour of New Zealand in 8 wines!
Flagship Wines is an independent wine business in St Albans with a shop at Hatfield Road, AL4 0XP. Their free weekend tastings in the shop offer the opportunity to taste and chat about their wines. There’s also their tasting series at Fleetville Larder and their annual wine fair! Check out details of their events and extensive range of 600 wines at www.flagshipwines.co.uk.
18th January 2020 - “Battered Trophy” Blind Tasting Competition.
15th February 2020 - South African Wines with Nigel Scrofton
14th March 2020
18th April 2020
16th May 2020
20th June 2020