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.
The following Australian Wine event, which was originally scheduled for Saturday 24th October, has been postponed until such time as we can hold the event without COVID - 19 restrictions:-
Australian Wines from Katnook and Deakin Wine Estates with Duncan Ross of Berkmann Wine Cellars and Will Willis of Wingara Wine Group (which includes Katnook and Deakin Estates)
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. Included in their extensive portfolio are the award winning wines of Katnook and Deakin Wine Estates.
Duncan will be joined by Will Willis, the International Wine Development Director for the Wingara Wine Group which includes Katnook and Deakin Wine Estate, Australia.
Katnook lies in the heart of the fabled Coonawarra wine region, South Australia. With a history stretching back to 1867, Katnook has two wines in the prestigious Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines, two Jimmy Watson trophies and a five-star rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2020.
Deakin Estate is a substantial family owned vineyard located in the Mildura region of North West Victoria. The property was purchased in 1967 and named in honour of Alfred Deakin, a former Australian Prime Minister who pioneered irrigation in this arid region. Fed by the mighty Murray River, Mildura continues to produce high quality citrus fruit, olives, almonds and grapes. The fruit from Deakin Estate’s 350 hectares of vineyards was sold off until 1980, when the winery was built. Since then, the best grapes have stayed in house, yielding a range of delicious, stylish, value-for-money wines.
Saturday 21st November 2020 - Henry of Pelham Wines, Niagara, Canada with Cellar Door Wines
At the VWTC Members' tasting on Saturday 21st September 2019, the Henry of Pelham Baco Noir, was the wine which received the most praise. We are very lucky here in St Albans, because Cellar Door Wines of St Albans, is the only wine shop in the UK to stock Henry of Pelham Wines.
This event is a virtual tasting organised by Penny Edwards of Cellar Door Wines and Paul Speck, (one of the three brothers who manage this Niagara Wine Estate), joining the call from the wine estate in Niagara. For full details and booking please follow this link:-
Saturday 12th December 2020 - Rothschild Wines, Waddesdon Cellars - virtual tasting with Peter Tompkins from the Waddesdon Cellars. A pre-Christmas buying opportunity which is not to be missed!
Saturday 16th January 2021 - Battered Trophy Blind Tasting (if possible, but very unlikely) - as a contingency we have arranged a virtual tasting of Brazilian Wines with Nicholas Corfe of Go Brazil.
Wednesday 3rd February - Spanish Wine Dinner at Thompsons St Albans - Details to follow.
Saturday 20th February 2021 - Wine and Port of the Douro - Fells Fine Wine Importers and Distributors.
“Fells was founded in 1858 and is now widely recognised as a leading distributor of premium family-owned and produced fine wines in the UK.
The company originally operated as a traditional shipper from its Tooley Street premises in London during the 1900’s until 1977 when it was purchased by Symington Family – the world’s leading premium Port producer with combined sales that account for 33% of all the premium Port sold throughout the world.
Symington Family Estates are also the largest owner of vineyards in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal and a leading producer of Portuguese table wine.
Fells are delighted to join the VWTC for an evening of Port and Douro wines, showcasing the breadth and variety of wines produced from this stunning region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest demarcated winegrowing areas in the world. We hope the evening will be one of discovery and exploration of the diverse wines from this beautiful region.”
Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, this event has been postponed from Thursday 11th June 2020. More details to follow in the near future.
Saturday 17th April 2021 - A 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 - 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 19th June 2021 - Wines of South America with a special focus on Argentina - with Mark Rimmer of Condor Wines
We are delighted to welcome Mark Rimmer of Condor Wines, the proud recipients of the 2019 IWC Award for the Best South American Merchant. Mark 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 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.