The Club's diary of forthcoming events is here.
In the light of the government advice regarding social distancing and the steps to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the committee has made the decision to run a series of "virtual" tastings, starting in September 2020, until such time as we can resume our normal programme of events.
Forthcoming events are listed below. For earlier events, please see the historic events page.
Saturday 17th April 2021 - A virtual wine trip through Chile from The Atacama Desert down to the South with Janina Doyle, Brand Ambassador of Vina Ventisquero.
“It is a pleasure to be able to present just a selection of our wines for you all. Vina Ventisquero was founded in 2000 and since then has gone from strength to strength being recognised as one of the leading Chilean wineries for quality and innovation.
Vina Ventisquero was the first winery to be 100% sustainably certified and has maintained this through till today. This along with being family owned and never buying in fruit, are the pillars at Vina Ventisquero and sit at the heart of our company.
We are proud to have famous winemaker John Duval (ex-chief winemaker of Penfolds Grange) on our team and to be producing incredible wines up in the Atacama Desert where we have the monopoly. Nobody else is crazy enough to plant in a desert with salty soils. We are always looking to push that little step further. I look forward to talking you on the Ventisquero journey.”
Saturday 15th May 2021 - Virtual Tasting of Glenelly Estate Wines of Stellenbosch, South Africa, presented by Lia Poveda.
It's 5 years since Lia presented Bouchard Finlayson South African Wines to over 90 members of VWTC. Not only was Lia's presentation much enjoyed, but the wines were very much appreciated, with wine orders from our members exceeding £1,700. Lia is now the Export manager for Glenelly Estate. Unlike Bouchard Finlayson where the wines are generally "Burgundy" in style, the wines of Glenelly are Bordeaux" in style.
Saturday 12th June 2021 - Wines of South America with a special focus on Argentina - with Aaron Irons of Condor Wines
We are delighted to welcome Aaron Irons of Condor Wines, the proud recipients of the 2019 IWC Award for the Best South American Merchant. Aaron will focus on the "New World" within this New World continent, showcasing how the different countries are pushing the limits of what's possible, interesting and downright delicious in South America.
Saturday 18th September 2021 - Wines of Languedoc with Trevor Sharot
Details to follow.
Saturday 16th October 2021 - Italian Wine Tasting with Duncan Ross of Berkmann Wine Cellars - details to follow.
Berkmann Wines www.berkmann.co.uk are proud to be the largest family-owned and family-run wine importer in the UK and have been selling wine to restaurants since 1964.
Saturday 20th November 2021 - Wines of USA's West Coast - The Search for Balance, with Tim Schwilk of The Wine Society
"Is there more to the West Coast than the stereotypical fruit bombs of years gone by? Can Oregon Pinots and Washington Rieslings really compete with the wines of Burgundy and Germany?
As Manager of the Tastings and Events Team at The Wine Society I’m fortunate to be exposed to wines from all over the world as we plan, prepare and deliver over 200 events a year across the country. Yet despite the fact that The Wine Society’s list is dominated by Old World listings and my own personal background is in Australian wines, no country’s wines have surprised me more, nor given me as much pleasure as those coming from the United States of America.
Together we will explore, discuss and most importantly taste examples of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from the West Coast of America. Covering California, Oregon and Washington State, I hope that these wines will prove that when in the right hands, American wine can be just as elegant, classy and of high quality as any wine producing country in the world."
Saturday 11th December 2021
Although details of this event are yet to be determined, we are delighted to invite back one of VWTC's favourite presenters, Quentin Sadler, for what is sure to be an entertaining and informative presentation and a great way to end the year.