Events

The Club's diary of forthcoming events is here.

After a very successful year of "virtual" tastings, we are delighted that our programme of "live" events was able to resume in September 2021.

We will continue to run our events in a responsible way against the background of COVID, and look forward to the exciting programme of events below.

Forthcoming events are listed below. For earlier events, please see the historic events page.

Saturday 12th February 2022 - Kalfu Wines: 1000km of Coastal Chilean Vineyards with Janina Doyle, Brand Ambassador of Ventisquero Wine Estates (Please note the change of date from Saturday 19th to Saturday 12th February)


"Kalfu Wines is the boutique, cool-climate coastal range within the larger Ventisquero Wine Estates Portfolio. Established in 1998, they have gone from strength to strength being recognised as one of the leading Chilean wineries for quality and innovation.

Ventisquero Wine Estates 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 for the Kalfu wines sit at the heart of their company.

Kalfu Wines was born as a need to express some of the best terroir along the coast. The range comes from their vineyards in Leyda Valley, Casablanca Valley and in the Atacama Desert, where they have the monopoly. Nobody else is crazy enough to plant in a desert with salty soils. The wines all showcase a freshness of fruit and vibrant acidity. The word Kalfu in the native Mapuche language means Blue. A colour very important to the Mapuche people as it represents the sea, and this represents life. You will see shortly why the Chilean Coastline is so special and unique – just like the Kalfu wines".

Janina


Saturday 12th March 2022 - "Wine Tour de France" with Tony Hill, owner of Bordeaux and Beyond.

"Tony Hill, owner of Bordeaux and Beyond returns to take us on a "Wine Tour de France" covering many different appellations, some famous and some not so famous. Tony will give the story behind the wines and the reasons why he decided to import them.

Bordeaux and Beyond are a specialist wine importer concentrating on wines from small independent vignerons in France not usually available elsewhere.

Bordeaux and beyond are a web based business and are in their 14th year of trading but continue to sell only wines that they import and more importantly happy to drink themselves!"

Tony



Saturday 23rd April 2022 - Antinori Wines of Tuscany with Duncan Ross of Berkmann Wine Cellars

"The Antinori family has been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries and exporting it for four – that’s 26 generations of uninterrupted family ownership. They moved to Florence in the early 13th century, and remain central figures in the fabric of the city. Piazza Antinori is the square in the historic centre where Marchese Piero Antinori still lives.

The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1900 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion, which shows no signs of abating. Through judicious acquisition of vineyards, and an uncanny knack for developing iconic wines, Antinori has become Tuscany’s – arguably Italy’s – pre-eminent wine producer, establishing an important presence in Piedmont, Umbria and Puglia.

Marchese Piero Antinori sums up the company’s outlook thus: “Ancient roots play an important role in our philosophy, but they have never held back our spirit of innovation.”

Duncan is Sales Account Manager for Berkmann Wines, the largest family-owned and family-run wine importer in the UK and have been selling wine to restaurants since 1964".

Duncan


Saturday 21st May 2022 - Wines for the Summer presented by Justin Waples of Waples Wines

Details to follow


Saturday 18th June April 2022 - 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."

Tim