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 took 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.
Forthcoming events are listed below. For earlier events, please see the historic events page.
Saturday 16th October 2021 - Antinori Wines of Tuscany with Duncan Ross of Berkmann Wine Cellars and Luca Soldo Brand Ambassador for Antinori.
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".
Saturday 20th November 2021 - Wines of Hungary - Ferenc Zelenak
"Multi award winning wine merchant, Novel Wines was founded by two wine professionals, the Hungarian Gyorgy Zsiga and his English friend, Ben Franks. Novel brings some of the most exciting wines to the UK wine market focusing on Central and Eastern European. This night they will be represented by their friend, Ferenc Zelenak from Tokaj, Hungary.
Saturday 11th December 2021 - Wines of Spain - Quentin Sadler
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.
Saturday 15th January 2022 - Battered Trophy - Blind Tasting Competition.
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!"
Saturday 23rd 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."