Tuesday, 10 February 2015

February 2015 meeting

A highly entertaining and informative event was enjoyed by fourteen Wine Club members, on the 3rd of February, under the guidance of a very professional Wine Presenter and Educator, Faye Edwards. Faye's enthusiasm and her wide knowledge of wines and the wine industry ensured a successful evening during which members were able to taste and appreciate an interesting variety of wines, some from familiar grapes and some less well known. There were three white wines: Araldica Moscato Secco from Northern Italy; Bel Olivier Sauvignon Blanc from the Pays d'Oc; and a Hummingbird Vervelho, which is a Portuguese grape grown in Australia. One rosé, a Grands Chemins Cinsault from the Pays d'Hérault, was followed by four reds: a Mr Noir Pinot Noir from Australia; a Grands Chemins Old Vine Carignan from the Pays d'Hérault; a Tierra del Corazon Carmenere from Chile, and - Faye's "piece de résistance" a Gran Villa Gran Reserva (2004) from Spain.

Faye also challenged us with a "fun quiz", and some questions did indeed raise a smile. For example, did you know that Prince Charles' Aston Martin runs on bioethanol made using wine wastage? Or that scientists believe that a champagne cork can exit the bottle at up to 62 miles per hour? Can you guess which French appellation has a law that forbids the landing of flying saucers in the region's vineyards, Cotes du Rhone, Bordeaux, or Chateauneuf du Pape? And which of these is a real wine - Pinot cchio, Brigitte Bordeaux, Goats do Roam? A hearty round of applause was awarded to the highest scorer, Heather.

Our March event is skittles at The Haycutter, Hurst Green - 7.30 pm on Tuesday 3rd.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Special days out for 2015

Thank all those that filled in the questionnaire. The majority received was for Hampton Court Flower Show, Boat Trip on the Thames and the Christmas Carol Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

The details for the Carol Concert have not yet been issued so I will keep you informed.

The RHS Flower Show and the Boat Trip and have thought that maybe we could merge them together. I am suggesting that we take Graham’s coach to Hampton Court on either the 2nd or 3rd of July, spending the day at the Flower Show and returning by boat to Kew where Graham will pick us up.

The cost would be:
RHS tickets £25.20 each with a group discount (10+ people). The coach £10.00.
Boat trip for seniors £8.00. (approximately 1.15mins duration) which is a total of £43.20. Unfortunately if you are not over 65 the boat trip will be slightly more.
There are only 16 places on the coach so it will have to be first come first served on the coach otherwise we would have to try and make additional arrangements for travel to Hampton Court. There are plenty of spaces on the boat.

I will need to have the numbers fairly quickly as the tickets for the Flower Show are selling very fast.

There are places to eat at RHS or you can take your own food. We will find out if there is any food/drink on the boat and arrange nearer the date the time of the boat going back to Kew.

I would also mention there was interest in the Theatre and I will let you have details on any deals I can get at the next meeting. If you ticked the Thames Boat trip and felt you would like to go from Westminster Bridge to Greenwich having tea of board then we can look at arranging that at a later date. 

Pleases let me know your thoughts via keith.walton@btinternet.com

January 2015 New Years Dinner

On 13th January the Wine Club started off its new year with a festive dinner at The Bell in Outwood. The loud crack of a mysteriously exploding bottle of water set the scene for the 23 members present to enjoy a fine range of beautifully presented dishes as well as - need one say - the good company and good wine.

On Tuesday 3rd February there will be a chance for some serious wine tasting with Virgin Wines Presenter & Educator Faye Edwardes.