Cancellations of Meetings

Due to adverse weather and information from BBC Weather

the following meetings are cancelled.

Trivia Pursuit 1st March

Wine Tasting 1st March

Walking 2nd March.

We are sorry for the cancellations but safety must come first.



Wine Tasting Christmas Party

I’m not sure how Gordon does it, but he surpassed himself this year with our Christmas Party. There were games and a quiz, the food was supplied by Relish, we all thought it was a jolly good spread, there wasn’t much left. I think we must have been hungry or was it the party games that gave us an appetite. Oh yes, I forgot to mention the  Champagne, a good selection.

We all made Christmas hats this year and what a variety were on show, the imagination knew no bounds!

Many thanks Gordon for all the work you do and organizing our party.

GF & The Wine Group

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On Cloud Wine

Our wine tasting group meets on the first Thursday of each month. There are twenty members in the group. Unfortunately, to date, we can’t accommodate any new members as holding a discussion with twenty already proves difficult once a glass or two of wine has lubricated the tongues of some! We do have a waiting list, although, there is nothing to stop someone starting up a second group.
We meet for fun and laughter as well as friendship. We are a friendly, lively group but do have a serious point to the evening, namely, sampling wines we wouldn’t normally select ourselves.
Each member of the group takes it in turn to lead the meeting by selecting wines , finding out about them and sharing this with the group whilst producing some delicious food nibbles to compliment the wines.
Our evenings to the Newcastle Wine School have always proved to be highly enjoyable and a great success.
Our Christmas evening, sampling various champagnes was hailed by all as a memorable night accompanied by tasty food and lively games and a quiz.

A couple of important point to finish:-
Life is too short to drink bad wines.
The secret of enjoying a good wine; firstly, open the bottle to allow it to breathe, and, if it doesn’t look like it’s breathing, give it mouth to mouth.




Champagne Tasting


Our last tasting of 2015, I think it was the best tasting yet! Nineteen of us gathered at our usual spot on a rather windy winter’s night.

Gordon yet again has worked wonders, for our delight and tasting, he pulled out of the bag 9 bottles of champagne, 2 of the same label, which we had tasted before on our trip to the Newcastle Wine School in November and 7 different champagnes. I thought the first bottle was Prosecco but I had just eaten a slice of chorizo sausage, not the best food to consume before tasting a fine wine!!

The evening progressed well with lots of laughter and banter, I’m not sure how much serious wine tasting went on but it was a fun, a nice start to the Christmas Holidays.

Thanks to Gordon for leading a great group.

Thanks also to those who presented their choice of wines to the group this year.




An evening at the Newcastle Wine School

Seventeen members of the Wine Tasting Group paid an evening visit to the Newcastle Wine School, where we enjoyed food from a tasting menu.

The food was very good, the beef was just a little overdone, but this did not spoil a thoroughly enjoyable evening! The choice of wine was paired with each dish and was excellent. Alex and Louise were our hosts for the evening. Alex has a tremendous knowledge of wine and wine regions which he talked about with great enthusiasm.

Hopefully we all came home more knowledgeable about French, Australian and New Zealand wine, also where we can purchase the wines we tasted.* See list below as well as the evening menu.

Aperitif-Abel Charlot Brut NV France 12.5%

Marks & Spencer £16.00

2. Honey glazed smoked Scottish salmon & pickled Cucumber

* The Lodge Hill Riesling 2014 Jim Barry, Clare Valley,      South Australia 11.7%

Majestic Wines £14.99

3. Slow-roasted belly pork, Pease pudding

*Domaine Saint Ferr’eol Grande R’eserve Viognier 2007 Pays d’Oc 13%

Majestic Wines £12.99

4. Pressed Durham ham terrine, homemade mustard

*The Edge Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand 14%

Waitrose £14.99

5. Roast Northumbrian beef & horseradish mash

*Chateau Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2011 13.5%

Marks & Spencer £23.00

6. Sticky Toffee Pudding

*L’or du Ciron Sauternes 2011

Bordeaux France 14%

Marks & Spencer £12.00   ½Bottle

Thank you Gordon for organising the above and for the work you do to make the Wine Tasting Group so enjoyable.

Thank you to Ian the owner of Northstar Coaches, who dropped everyone off near or outside their homes. What service!!