Everyone welcome!

Faringdon’s Wine Appreciation Group reformed last year to continue and develop the brilliant introduction to wine that Charles Garrett had previously run and which so many U3A members had hugely enjoyed. Now, a small Cellar Team has put together a programme of talks, visits, tastings and events to appeal to all U3A wine drinkers. Over the next year, we want to learn about, talk about, taste and compare wines probably costing between £5 and £20 a bottle, that will help us choose the best wines – whether for the daily glass at supper, a dinner party for friends or even the daughter’s wedding.

The group meets every two months in Faringdon or nearby, on the third or fourth Tuesday. All U3A members are welcome and there’s no annual subscription, just a charge for each event you come to.

Next meeting

The Battle of the Bottles

This tasting will run for approx two hours from 14:00 on Tuesday 20 February in the Barber Rooms at the back of All Saints’ Church, here in Faringdon. The hall is very well set up for this type of event and there will be plenty of room for all members and some to spare. More info and booking details here

April Meeting

Tuesday 17 April – Year end review and quiz, plus mystery tasting

The Cellar Team are very keen to get your feedback on the meetings we’ve run in our first year and to hear what topics or events you’d enjoy over the rest of 2018. We also need to tell you how the Group’s finances have worked out so we can get your thoughts on pricing. The format for the Barber Rooms meeting at 1400 to 1600 will be a mix of exchanges of news and views, a quiz for groups of 3/4 people, including a handful of mystery wines to taste with, of course, a Prizegiving!

Bookings haven’t opened yet but all the details will be in our next email newsletter and on this website.

The 2018 programme is:

20 February The Battle of the Bottles
17 April Year end review and quiz, plus mystery tasting
26 June Probably a vineyard visit
21 August Which supermarket?
16 October Professional Tasting
11 December Festive Lunch

Items in red – please note change of date from October 23 to October 16.  Also change of topics.

So whether you already enjoy a wide repertoire of wines or find yourself intimidated by the acres on offer in the supermarket, we’re sure you’ll find this a rewardingly sociable way of spending an afternoon every couple of months and getting more out each time you pull a cork. Cheers!

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