Verulam Wine Tasting Club
Verulam Wine Tasting Club, based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom meets regularly to taste wines in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere.
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.
We warmly welcome new members. If you are interested in joining, or would like to come along to see what our meetings are like, please contact us.
The Club is independent and non-profitmaking and is managed by a revolving committee of members. Club membership is £10.00 per annum and the charge per tasting is normally £18 for members and £22 for guests. The club came into existence in autumn 1978 and currently has over a hundred members. Tastings are held ten times a year - we usually take July and August off.
The calendar usually consists of eight 'regular' tastings where we sample 8 to 10 wines presented by a guest speaker. The speaker tells us the background behind the wine while we taste the wine. During the tasting, we provide crackers and, occasionally, antipasti (to match the wines). At the end of the tasting, we provide a supper of cold meats, cheeses, bread and salad.
In addition to the eight 'regular' tastings, we hold:
in June, an informal event such as a barbecue with food and wine.
in January, an informal blind-tasting.
Congratulations to the winners of our January 2022 blind tasting competition, Diane L overall winner, Sarah H for the highest red wine score, and Clive P for the highest white wine score.
Every year from 2013 to 2019, the club has organised at least one wine tour to regions such as Alsace, Burgundy, Loire, Rioja and the Douro. On these trips we visit excellent vineyards and restaurants but rarely miss the opportunity to have a bit of fun along the way, such as a segway trip around the vineyards of Beaune and stomping grapes in the Douro. Unfortunately due to COVID, we have not been able to run wine tours in 2020 or 2021, but we hope to resume when it is practical to do so.
Our most recent tour was in September 2019 to northern Italy, where we were based in Verona. Our sincere thanks to Malcolm H. and David W. for organising a great wine tour. From our base in Verona we explored the Amarone, Prosecco, Lugana and Trento wine regions of Northern Italy, enjoying some excellent wines and lovely regional food. Images below courtesy of George S.