2019 programme

21 MayFood match. A food and wine tasting to understand better how to match a wine to a food or vice versa.
23 JuneMosel valley wine tour
24 SeptemberSupermarket Challenge II
19 NovemberOutside speaker
10 DecemberFestive Lunch

New members

The Wine Appreciation Group is an unstuffy collection of people who want to learn about and compare wines that will help us choose the best – whether for a daily glass, a dinner party or even a wedding. We meet every two months in Faringdon or nearby. All U3A members are welcome and there’s no annual subscription, just a charge for each event you come to.

Next meeting

Portuguese wines tasting with Brian Davis. 1400 Tuesday 19th November in the Barber Rooms.

We’re delighted that Brian Davis, Dip WSET, is the guest expert speaker at our November tasting. Brian’s been running courses, lecturing on cruise ships, leading exam courses and talking to clubs and groups since 1999. Every year he travels abroad to visit vineyards and meet the vintners and he brings back the latest news and wines for his students to enjoy. This time he’s focusing on the distinctive delights of Portugal’s almost unknown wines.

But we’re not getting lashings of port and vinho verde. Brian is keen to widen our knowledge and experience of Portugal’s excellent indigenous grape varieties, many of which aren’t grown anywhere else. He will be concentrating on the Duoro area, and the less-known Alentejo region just south of Lisbon, featuring 9 or more wines.

One special subject in his tasting will be wines produced by Julian Reynolds (descendant of Sir Joshua) which are virtually unknown in the UK, even though Robert Parker has them in his top 100. We will be able to make our own judgement and score the wines as Brian talks us through them.

Peter and Maggie Robinson went to one of Brian’s recent tastings in Wantage and Peter noted “Brian has a wide knowledge, and an enthusiasm for his subject, which he is able to convey to his audience with great clarity”. Maggie was sure Brian’s relaxed and interactive tasting style will fit well with our own cheerful approach.

We’re delighted we’ve been able to keep the ticket price for this professional tasting down to £15 pp, compared with £20 at that Wantage event.


Bookings must be made by 29 October to allow Brian time to lay in sufficient stocks. The meeting will be in our usual Barber Rooms venue from 1400 to 1600 on Tuesday 19th November.

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The Cellar Team (Ricky Cunningham, Peter Robinson, Maggie Robinson & David Burn)