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

"By way of a short intro, I’ve been in the wine trade for over 30 years, the selection process of any wine I select has always been ‘is it a good example of what it is, both in value and price, and would I serve it at home’. This has never changed.

For wines for the summer (always a lovely thought in the depths of winter), this selection process is continually evolving, the tasting of samples of new vintages coming through is ongoing. I’m looking for fresh, crisp whites with attitude, reds with maybe more acidity than bold tannins that partner summer dishes, even reds that can be served lightly chilled too. So currently you’ll have to trust me in selecting what’s good at the time for May. I’m aiming to please and excite the palate!

So, just trust me, and have in the back of your mind that I’m the one who has to stand up and deliver on the night, it’s actually the part I really enjoy, ie of putting you in touch with wines and the background of them via the winemakers I’ve meet over my time in the trade, and especially those that have supported me and importantly us all with numerous zoom tastings I’ve asked them to be on……I’ve hosted over 250!!"

Justin


Saturday 18th June 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


Saturday 17th September 2022 - Wines of Moldova with Irina and Aliona Hriplivii

“Being wine lovers, we always were attracted to the wisdom and possibility of what wine offers.

We had the great happiness to live the experience of grape picking in the vineyards of our parents and grandparents and the honour to inherit the winemaking process and all memories related to it.

We were constantly looking to find these ancestors' scents everywhere in wines we were tasting.

When we realised that we can't find these scents, we founded Novus BH Magister company in 2016 and started our import adventure of Moldovan Wine in the UK.

The beauty and chemistry of the wine deeply resonate with us, hence we took this beautiful journey of Wine importation from Moldova"


Aliona, Sergiu & Irina


Saturday 15th October 2022 - Wines of New Zealand with Marcus Parry of Fells Fine Wine Importers & Distributors

“Mention the term ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ to many wine drinkers and they automatically think of New Zealand. Indeed, this varietal has almost become synonymous with the country - and maybe not surprisingly so when you consider that 86% of the country’s wine exports are Sauvignon Blanc. However, New Zealand also produces excellent examples of other, lesser-known varietals thanks to its unique topography and climate.

Fells are proud to represent 4 of New Zealand’s leading family-owned wineries, including Te Mata, Seifried Estate, Nautilus and Two Paddocks. Over the years each of these wineries have identified varietals that are well suited to the country’s unique growing conditions to create a distinctive selection of award winning wines.

Marcus Parry (New Zealand Brand Manager at Fells) will be along to present wines from each of these wineries showcasing the depth and breadth in style and quality now present in New Zealand wines.”

Marcus


Saturday 19th November 2022 - Wines of Argentina with Mark Bradbury of Ruta 40

Ruta40 specialises in finding and delivering the very best Argentinian wine to our UK customers. We import from small boutique wineries that you won’t find in the big stores and supermarkets; we've been doing this for over 10 years now and have established a portfolio of high quality, award winning wines.


During the evening you will be taken on a journey along the legendary Ruta 40 highway and through some of Argentina's best vineyards. You will taste wines that are crafted by our highly talented winemakers and influenced by the snow melt from the Andes Mountains.

Mark


Saturday 10th December 2022 - Wines of Portugal with Nigel Strofton

Details to follow