Our return to St James the Greater for GUWS tastings

Dear Members

Things have moved on apace since our August tasting and I am very pleased to tell you that our first tasting returning to the hall will be in October. The current situation is summarised:

  • We will have wider spacing between members and tables (as currently managed in restaurants).
  • We are putting our efforts into our return and ensuring that we respect Church/ Government advice on keeping members safe.
  • We welcome your feedback and request any constructive comments be sent to the Treasurer via email by 1st September. Please enter ‘GUWS return’ as subject line.
  • We are not yet prepared to resume sourcing and handling food, wines, and cutlery etc. for supper (for reasons of hygiene) and we will need all the available hall space to maintain safe distancing during our early tastings. We think it sensible to take things gradually. Members will be free to bring their own biscuits and nibbles to accompany tastings for the time being.
  • We will ask members to pay their membership subscription in September at a nominal level of £15 per annum. This will help provide a ‘float’ to allow advance payment to suppliers.
  • Thanks to the efforts of our Treasurer, cashless payment has been operating smoothly for over a year and we will expect all membership and tasting fees to be paid online in future (with one or two members still free to use cheques). We will ask for payment before each tasting to allow us to obtain appropriate quantities of wine.
  • We have all appreciated the strong support from members during the crisis and are proud of the way we have maintained excellent tastings via Zoom with impressive distribution of wines. The list of tastings during lockdown is a credit to all involved. John Malpass, Chairman, on behalf of the GUWS Committee. August 20th 2021

We welcome your feedback and request any constructive comments be sent to the Treasurer via email by 1st September. Please use ‘GUWS return’ as subject line.

We all look forward to finally meeting up again in October.

John Malpass
Chairman, on behalf of the GUWS Committee. August 20th 2021

Next tasting – Friday 10th September

In September our tasting will be presented by John Freeland and John Malpass, and will feature 4 wines from Greece, Oregon USA, Spain and Australia.  Please speak to your committee member as soon as possible regarding any AGM related matters. 

Note: This tasting will be presented via Zoom. Members are contacted prior to each tasting to order any wines they wish to try. 

What we tasted in August 2021

Many thanks for a fantastic turn out to our AGM and to Margaret and Ian Connor for arranging our member’s tasting.  Three varied and entertaining presentations over Zoom gave us a wonderful opportunity to try some interesting wines.

The wines tasted were:

  1. L’Extra Langlois Cremant De Loire
  2. Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris
  3. Definition Rioja Reserva

Many thanks to Roland Moss, Chris Lewis and Andrew Wetherby for choosing and presenting the wines.

Next tasting – Friday 13th August

In August we will be holding our ever popular Members’ tasting along with the AGM.  Please speak to your committee member as soon as possible regarding any AGM related matters.

Any new nominations for the committee are invited and should be sent to
the Secretary NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 6th August 2021.

Note: This tasting will be presented via Zoom. Members are contacted prior to each tasting to order any wines they wish to try. 

What we tasted in July 2021

In July we welcomed back Condor Wines, and on this occasion we were joined by Regional Sales manager Aaron Irons, presenting wines from their South American portfolio. We thank Aaron for a very enjoyable tasting and the wines showed very well.

For more information:
Web: condorwines.co.uk
Facebook: Condor Wines

The wines tasted were:

  1. Bodegones del Sur Vineyard Select Albarino 2020 (Uruguay) 
  2. Los Haroldos Reserve  Malbec 2018 (Argentina) 
  3. Toro di Piedra Gran Reserve Carignan 2017 (Chile) 

What we tasted in June 2021

In June we welcomed back Jane Sowter of Chateau Musar, with a tasting of four wines from their portfolio. The presentation was full of stories of what has been going on in the last two years in the Lebanon, and the difficulties they’ve had due to COVID-19, the massive explosion at the port of Beirut, and difficulties in shipping. Throughout all of this, business continues and a big thank you to Jane for her continuing support.

For more information:
Web: chateaumusar.com

The wines tasted were:

  1. Musar Jeune White 2019
  2. Musar Jeune Rosé 2019
  3. Hochar Père et Fils Red 2017
  4. Chateau Musar 2014

Next tasting – Friday 11th June

Chateau Musar

In June we welcome back Jane Sowter of Chateau Musar, presenting a range of wines from the premium Lebanese producer.

For more information:
Web: chateaumusar.com

Note: This tasting will be presented via Zoom. Members are contacted prior to each tasting to order any wines they wish to try. 

What we tasted in May 2021

In May we held a tasting hosted by members of our committee, with wines in half-bottle sourced from a fantastic range from The Wine Society. A big thank you to the presenters and thanks to our members for your continuing support.

For more information:
Web: thewinesociety.com

The wines tasted were:

  1. Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Reserva 2019 (Tim Hobbs)
    Straw coloured, lemon, mineral and stone fruit nose, fairly dry. A pleasant drinker with decent length and fair value for £4.50. Multiple Portuguese grape varieties lead by Malvasia. Food suggestions are Octopus, shellfish, pork or chicken.
  2. Soave Classico Pieropan 2019 (Julian Osborne)  
    Pale yellow, dry mineral nose. Crisp, dry, nicely acidic. Touch of grapefruit, with nice length and body. A well made quality wine which goes well with seafood, creamy risotto, and antipasti.
  3. Jurancon Sec, Chant des Vignes, Domaine Cauhape 2019 (John Freeland)
    Pale apricot, with a shy nose initially. Admirably fruity Pyrenean white. Exhilarating and fresh, with flashes of grapefruit and pineapple. Plenty body and length which finished dryer. A well made wine from a sometimes overlooked area noted for sweet wines.
  4. Chinon, Temps des Cerises, Dom de la Noblaie 2019 (Tim Edwards)
    Deep purple and quite dense, shy nose which initially comes over dry and fruity later. Fairly dry, nicely acidic with good tannins and a herby character which becomes dryer to the finish. Good body and length, hints of dark cherries. Would go well with sausage, beef and cheese. Well priced for an organic hand harvested quality wine.
  5. Corbieres Rouge Dom du Trillol 2016 (John Malpass)
    Purple red, an obvious nose of dark rich fruits, with spicy tannins. Goes well with meats, duck and cheese.
  6. Bleasdale Bremerview, Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2018 (Margaret Connor)
    Pure and vibrant Australian shiraz. Blackberry, vanilla and plums on the nose, with a twist of pepper and great concentration. Ripe tannins fall into place with the long, fruity finish.

Next tasting – Friday 14th May

The Wine Society – Half-bottle tasting

Following the positive feedback from members after the last Wine Society tasting, we thought another half bottle tasting would be appropriate. It offers a broader range of 6 wines and allows members to buy some or all of the wines. The total cost of all 6 wines will be £38.25.

The Wine Society is an ultra-reliable source and the chosen half bottles cover a broad range. Members can choose all 6 or a selection.

For more information:
Web: thewinesociety.com

Note: This tasting will be presented via Zoom. Members are contacted prior to each tasting to order any wines they wish to try.