4th February 2019 – Annual Lunch
The Chairman of the West of England Wine & Spirit Association invites you and your guests to join him at the Annual Luncheon of the Association at the Grand Hotel in Bristol. The lunch will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting at the same venue – all are welcome to attend.
The AGM will start at 11am, followed by a Champagne reception (with the generous support of Pol Roger) at 12.15pm.
At 1pm luncheon will be served including wine with the formal part of the event finished by 4.30pm. James Simpson MW will propose the toast. There will be a Port vintage guessing competition, with proceeds going to the Benevolent fund.
The cost of places at the lunch will be £55.00 for bookings and payments received by Monday 14th January. After this date the cost will be £60.00. We would also like to offer a table of ten for a very special price of £500.00 if booked and paid by Monday 14th January. After this date the cost will be £550.00
If you would like to come, please print off and complete the form below:, If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact David J. Scratchley at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 2019 (provisional) – California wine tasting
24th September to 6th October 2018 – Romanian and Moldovan wine trips
Write up to follow.
12 September 2018 – Spanish wine tasting
An exciting wine tasting and dinner was held at the Olive Tree Reastaurant in Bath.
Srta. Trinidad Villegas, the export director of Bodegas LAN gave a tasting of wines from their properties in Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Rías Baixas, including 90+ Parker rated Riojas from their own vineyards.
The tasting was followed by a three course dinner cooked by chef Chris Cleghorn, who has worked under, amongst others, Heston Blumenthal. The Olive Tree has long been one of Bath’s top restaurants and has 3 AA rosettes.
11th June 2018 – Turkish wine tasting
WEWSA members enjoyed a Tasting of Turkish wines organised by the Bristol Tasting Circle on Monday 11 June at the Clifton Club, The Mall, Bristol BS8 4DS.
The wines were presented by Tim Johnson and Graeme Ewins, drawing on background information provided by Tugba Altinoz, the Turkish wine educator, consultant and writer who was unfortunately unable to join us and present the wines in person.
23/04/2018 – Romanian & Moldovan wine tasting
There was an excellent tasting of Romanian & Moldovan wines at The Pump House, Bristol, on 23rd April. This was both a sampler for the upcoming WEWSA trips to those two countries and a comprehensive introduction to their wines. After an overview of the wines and wineries by Tim Johnson we were able to sample 25 wines from a number of different producers. This was followed by a 3-course supper, wine and coffee.
09/03/2018 – Juan Carrau wine dinner
There was a good turnout at the George in Bradford-on-Avon on March 9th, as 25 members attended for a dinner featuring the wines of Vinos Finos Juan Carrau from Uruguay. Owner Javier Carrau was on hand to describe the wines and talk about the Uruguyan wine industry. The Chardonnay 2016 was served with the canapés before we settled down to a 3-course meal accompanied by the Petit Manseng 2016, the Tannat de Reserva 2015 and the Tannat Amat 2011.
Thanks to Christopher Fielden for organising, to Javier for tutoring, to the George for the excellent venue and dinner and to everyone who attended.
05/02/2018 – AGM and Annual Luncheon
The Chairman of the West of England Wine & Spirit Association, Mimi Avery, hosted the sold out Annual Luncheon of the Association at the Harbour Hotel in Bristol, preceded by a sparkling wine and champagne reception. Prior to the lunch the Annual General Meeting was held at the same venue.
13/11/2017 – Bristol Tasting Circle Chilean Wine Tasting
This brilliant event was organised by the Bristol Tasting Circle and the wines were presented by Tim Johnson. We are indebted to Wines of Chile for sponsorship to assist with this event, and to Tim for sourcing the wines and presenting the tasting. The wine tasting included a range of international varietals, made in ever diverse parts of Chile and drawing on old world expertise, eg one is made by Doms Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). They are trying to move away from the heavy use of oak, and we hope that the examples we show will demonstrate that.
16/10/2017 – Malbec tasting from around the world followed by meal in Corsham
An around the world evening wine tasting event hosted at the Methuen Arms in Corsham, Wiltshire. Wines were served blind and followed by a two course meal. Thanks to the Methuen Arms for their hospitality.
16/10/2017 – Visit and Tour of Octavian
Octavian stores wines from 10,000 private collectors, investors and wine merchants from 39 countries some 100 feet below the Wiltshire hills. 8 of us were shown around this magnificent location.
31st May 2018 – England v France sparkling wine tasting during English Wine Week
To celebrate English Wine Week we held a sparkling wine tasting on 31st May at Walcot House, 90b Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG.
Didier Pierson, a man with a foot in both camps, tutored a comparative tasting of English sparkling wines and Champagnes.
02-05/10/2017 – WoEWSA trip to Madeira (and plans for a repeat visit)
A small group of WoEWSA members travelled to Madeira at the start of October to sample the local wines and scenery. Our arrival was delayed because high winds led to a couple of aborted landings – and we spent an unscheduled but very pleasant evening in Lanzarote. The high point of this stopover was a grilled seafood platter, washed down with the local Malvasia wines – including a 2017 vintage that can only have been bottled days previously.
After a lovely breakfast (including Cava!) we eventually arrived in Madeira and travelled straight to our first tasting at Barbeito. We started with a tour of the winery. It was particularly interesting on this tour to see the Estufagem tanks that are used to heat the wine after fermentation. We then settled down to a stellar tasting, starting with barrel samples of each of the main grape varieties. This was a great way of helping us recognise the different styles. Following this we worked our way through a leisurely tasting of their full range, including some lovely aged wines.
Just some of the wines sampled at Barbeito
We had a chance to travel round the island with our local chauffeur, who as well as being a mine of information was also a much-travelled marathon runner. The scenery was spectacular, although some of the steep and windy bends needed a bit of a head for heights.
That evening was spent at Blandy’s Wine Lodge. We toured the museum and then enjoyed a food and wine matching dinner, with a wine made with a different grape variety served with each course.
The next day we had time for a stroll around the town before heading off to the airport and home. This short but sweet introduction to the island has given us the appetite for a longer visit in the future – so plans are already underway for a longer and more comprehensive WoEWSA tour – watch this space for more details.