There is a meeting most Wednesday evenings, which is open to all-comers (assuming there is space available. We have no formal membership system, but we keep records of contact details so that we can inform you of any last minute changes. There is a weekly e-mail newsletter if you care to subscribe – firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the first Wednesday of the month we may have meetings at the Civil Service Club, or at Shire Capital Partners, 23rd floor, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY. These latter ‘City’ meetings start at 6.30pm, include some food, and must be pre-booked with payment of £25. You must bring photo-ID. Contact email@example.com to book.
Paul Mapplebeck usually holds his Special Tastings on the second Wednesday. These normally cost £40, and you must book and pay in advance: call him on 020 8866 9314. Individual wines for these tastings would often cost several hundred pounds if you could buy them. Bread and cheese are included.
The third Wednesday of the month is a Wine and Dine, usually in the Club Dining Room. The price of a three course meal is very low, so the total bill is rarely much over £30. We pay on the night, depending on numbers attending.
The other Wednesdays are devoted to Members’ Meetings. Volunteers bring 8-10 wines and a theme (as for the other nights). There is no food provided, but you can eat in the Dining Room beforehand, or order snacks from the bar. We aim for a cost of about £20 a head, but the exact amount will be worked out on the night. Book with Paul or Ian.
||Wines for the Special St Julien Tasting
The Society is unusual in discussing the wines person-by-person (except Wine & Wine evenings). Joining in the discussion is, of course, optional, and we keep the sessions friendly and fun. The wines are narked by each taster on the scale of 1 (faulty) to 7 (wonderful) and the average calculated at the end of the evening from a show of hands.
New presenters are welcome, and we will help you to design an evening and source the wines. The programmes for each half year are put together about five months ahead, with the first half programme being published in October and the second half In April.
A Tasting of South American Wines