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!!