WINE APPRECIATION 1
Welcome to the Hale & District Wine Appreciation Group 1, run by David & Jean Peters, with much-valued additional assistance, particularly on the evenings of our events, from a large number of group members.
Our main objective is to enjoy and appreciate wine. We have had presentations and tastings by a number of specialists, and, having learnt quite a bit as we have progressed, we have conducted a number of “DIY” sessions with members researching particular wines from a given list, and have had appropriate nibbles to “pair” with each wine.
So far we have enjoyed the following:
Majestic - wine tastings at their premises in Hale Barns and also their Sommeliers visiting us at St Peter’s Assembly Rooms
Northern Wine School - we have visited them in Manchester (just a couple of members to try them out) and they have also come to St Peter’s and given us a superb wine tasting with nibbles, slides and a “le nez du vin” quiz
Le Vin La Table (Broomfield Lane, Hale – since closed down – it must have been us!) - we visited their premises and enjoyed a tasting of their wines from their vineyard in France together with exceptional food pairings
Holmfirth Vineyard, Holmfirth, Yorks - we had an amazing day with 33 members attending. We took a coach to Holmfirth, and enjoyed a tour of the vineyard in gale force winds! We tasted their white and rosé wines, had a delicious lunch and finished off the day with a trip into Holmfirth village to have a cup of tea at Sid’s Café
A presentation at Booths supermarket by their Wine specialist on the subject of South African wines, together with a tasting and nibbles
Our own “DIY” sessions on various themes e.g. New Zealand wines and Italian Wines, and have also done a “surprise” tasting where members tried to identify wines from various countries
Attending Corks Out tastings in Manchester (June 2016 and June 2017)
Attending Portland Wine Co tasting (November 2016)
We continue to have informative and enjoyable events which are now typically attended by 40-odd members (as at Oct 2017) and this represents a significant growth in numbers since inception a couple of years ago – hence the need to continue to count this group as “full” for the moment.
Text last updated on 16th Oct 2017