A big ‘Thank You’ first to Peter and Elizabeth Smith for their challenging, eclectic but always entertaining quiz at our April meeting. They certainly enlivened the otherwise dry AGM-type stuff the Cellar Team needed to go through.

June meeting
Our next meeting is an away match at Chiltern Valley Wines near Henley on Tuesday 26 June. This vineyard, established over 30 years ago, should give an interesting contrast to last year’s Brightwell visit. In addition to making 8 types of wine they brew five ales on site as well making 15 liqueurs. Our tour will include the winery and brewery plus, weather depending, viewing the vines. Their website says:

“Since our first harvest in 1984, we have produced an increasing range of fine, award-winning English wines to delight the eye and excite the palate. With scores of awards and commendations in blind-tasted national and international competitions, our wines have gained an enviable reputation for quality both here and abroad.

As a truly independent brewery, we are proud to have revived the tradition of farm-brewed, full mash, Real Ales using wooden-clad mash tun, copper, liquor and fermentation vessels. We combine tradition with the very latest technology in sterility and temperature control. The Master Brewer blends only the finest English malted barley to gain the flavour, fullness and depth of colour in our Ales, seasoning with choice English hops for aroma and bitterness.

Our two hour tour ‘behind the scenes’ around our Winery, Brewery and Liqueur production facilities demonstrates a fun and extensive learning experience. The tour is completed with a tutored 30-40 minute tasting of a generous selection of our Wines, Ales & Liqueurs. Fresh water and tasting notes are provided and usually some cheese and crackers too.”

And here’s an enthusiastic TripAdvisor comment, “For anyone interested in the production of wine and beer, this place is a must. We had an excellent guide (John) who was funny and informative. The overview of producing wine and beer was very professional, as was the tasting of 4 wines, 4 beers and various liqueurs afterwards. There was no pressure to buy when leaving too, which is a refreshing change. Lovely premises and well worth the cost of the visit.” There is a useful 10% on-the-day discount.

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Booking details

We have hired the Faringdon Town minibus which can take up to 16 people. Meet at the Market Square in Faringdon at 12:50 for the bus. We expect to be back by 18:15. The inclusive bus and tour price is £24 per person. You can of course drive yourself from choice, or if the bus is already full. The self-drive cost reduces to £15 per person.

29 May: Bookings close. Please click on the green button below and the form will ask you whether you want the Bus or Self-drive options. We’ll let you know if all the bus places have been taken.
12 June: Payments deadline (Please pay online if possible as this saves us a lot of admin).


Future Events

Tuesday 21 August – Which supermarket?
We’ll taste four matched wines from local supermarkets like Tesco, Waitrose and Aldi and give them a rigorous blind assessment.

Tuesday 16 October – The world of sherry
Donna Rogers’ second favourite wine, after Oz shiraz, is sherry and she’ll take us through some half dozen expressions of this greatly undervalued but world-class wine. May include a venencia relay race.

Tuesday 11 December – Festive Lunch
A key date for your diary

June 2019 – Mosel Valley tour
We are talking to a specialist tour organiser about an inclusive 4 night trip to the Mosel valley next June. We hope to have more news on this in a few weeks.

We look forward to seeing all of you at our 26 June vineyard trip and please remember, bookings for this close on 29 May with payment by 12 June.

Kind regards,

The Cellar Team

Trip Summary

Meeting title June Chiltern Valley Wines visit
Date Tuesday 26 June
Time Tour starts at 1430
Venue Chiltern Valley Wines, Henley
Bus instructions Meet in Market Square at 1250 for 1300 sharp departure. Bus returns by approx. 1815
Bookings close Tuesday 29 May
Payment due by Tuesday 12 June

Please can you send payment as soon as possible (and no later than 12 June) to Maggie Robinson:

We would prefer you to pay via Internet Banking instead of cheque, please contact Maggie at maggierob65@hotmail.com for details.

However if you do want to pay by cheque:

• Cheques made payable to M Robinson

• Address: 5 Ock Meadow, Stanford in the Vale, Oxon SN7 8LN

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