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Congratulations: New Member(s) of the Month



You mean you can’t get the whole year on one page? That is a worry…


I can, and plenty more besides - it’s just that I try to avoid looking at too many of those numbers in that middle column!


There’s a simple solution to this - just invest in a cheaper, lower resolution monitor. That way, less lines appear on the screen. It works for me…



Well, our clever bots :robot: have been doing the numbers again to decide who will win our prized 'New User of the Month’ badge.

Either they’re still taking it easy after the Christmas break or there was simply one super stand-out new contributor, because they’ve only picked one rather than their usual two badge winners!

So extra congrats to our winner:

@Wineman74! You got stuck in with some d’Arenberg chat and made us chuckle with a typo which suggested you’d been a member of The Society for over a millenia. We look forward to getting to know you better! :smiley:

Hello to all our new members (there have been quite a few of you in the last few days - starting 2019 right, I see!) - why not start a topic about something you’re passionate about? :smiley:


Thank you.
I’m glad my typo was appreciated!
I look forward to reading and contributing in 2019.


Hi there, I’m wondering whether I’m the first new community member of 2019 - or has someone else beaten me to it :0)

My name is Terri, 43 from London. I’ve been a member of the Wine Society for a long time but for some reason never joined this community - until I saw the message a week or so ago about the live tasting chat (the one with the Turkish wine) which I thought looked great and is ‘close to home’ as my parents moved there about 15 years’ ago!

So - I love wine. I’m WSET 3 qualified and am waiting for the results of a French Wine Scholar exam I took in December (through the Wine Scholar Guild). An interesting fact I suppose (am I going on too long here?!) is that I quit my corporate life in June last year to follow my passion for wine and communications (in effect I write, organise, and event manage for living). It started with the summer in France and then started my first job in the wine industry around October.

I’m always almost accompanied by my border collie Rex who is way more popular on Twitter than me!

Looking forward to getting involved in the Community!



Those savvy Community bots :robot: have been hard at work behind the scenes again, and they’ve picked two of our newest recruits to win our ‘New User of the Month’ badge.

Congrats this time to:

@Kelly, a keen new wine explorer who actually works in Member Services, so you may have spoken to her on the phone at some point!


@KateK, who brought some friends along and joined in with our last virtual tasting! Thanks so much for taking part - hope we’ll see you at the next one? :smiley:

Welcome to all of our new users - I hope you’re enjoying taking part and I look forward to chatting with you all soon. :wave:


I made it 6 years ago and have no desire to run an update :joy:


What a nice start to the year. Looking forward to more virtual tastings :slightly_smiling_face:



Another month has shot by and we have had a wave of new members join this Community. The Community bots :robot: have been doing their sums and selected two new users to win our coveted 'New User of the Month’ badge!

Congratulations are in order to the following:

@Embee, who has already (among many fantastic contributions!) given us some great Madrid travel tips, written a Haiku and even started our last Weekend Drinking topic (thanks!) Impressive stuff!


@GannetKeith, who has been giving some great Assyrtiko recommendations and also provided one of my favourite recent tasting notes: “Pure fresh raspberries with a twist of black pepper with a refreshing finish. All too drinkable.” :clap:

Well done both of you, and welcome to all our many new members! Don’t be shy - say hello on the Introductions thread. :slight_smile:



A BIG hello to all the new users who’ve signed up and started contributing such great things to this Community recently. :smiley: Our clever Community bots :robot: have picked two of you to win our New User of the Month badge! Drumroll please…

Congrats this month to:

@tooby2, who’s joined our en primeur group already and also made a lovely comparison of wine and mountains. How poetic!


@Paul71, who’s both a new user and a new member, who has already shared some enthusiasm for Bordeaux (and will hopefully update us on how he found the Society’s Exhibition Haut-Medoc soon! :smiley: )

Well done, guys!


Thank you Laura!

I’ve already instructed friends to bow or curtsy when addressing me :sunglasses:

Will update on the Haut-Medoc later!


Thanks Laura (and :robot:). That’s nice to come home to.



I can’t quite believe it’s time to do this again already, but at the end of another lovely month here on The Community we have been joined by some great new users, and our Community bots :robot: have decided two of them deserve our New User of the Month badge.

This month’s winners are:

@Grimpeur who has started a very interesting topic about how vibrations affect wine and given us a bargain glassware tip.


@Lesmond, a new member who’s joined in our #favesocietywine chat and is looking for an East London wine tasting group.

Congrats, both! And welcome to all our new users. :smiley:


I am wondering when we are going to congratulate the Chairman for being awarded New Member of the Month for May…



Well, I’m slacking, and forgot to announce last month’s winners because I was on holiday! :see_no_evil:

As @szaki1974 cleverly spotted, although Staff are usually automatically excluded from winning this badge, our Community bots :robot: saw fit to crown our CEO @SteveF as one of May’s new members of the month! :smile: Although, to be fair, he did provide some pretty great contributions to the futureproofing The Society topic and of course our Executive Team AMA, so it was well deserved. :wink:

May’s other winner was…

@matedw! He’s quickly become a valued regular here, contributing to many topics including the Reserves discussion topic and the Wine World Gone Mad topic!

And now for June’s winner…

In another rare occurrence, our Community robots :robot: have picked just one winner for June:

@appearalot! She asked some super questions in our recent Bordeaux AMA with buyer Tim Sykes - welcome to The Community! We’re looking forward to seeing more great contributions from you.

And welcome all new users - don’t be shy, why not start a new topic about something that interests you? :smiley:


Thank you for a warm wellcome.



Apologies, all - we’ve neglected to congratulate our new members for earning the New User of the Month badge! Here you go:


@OwenA, who had been discussing sweet wine and our new Hungarian white


@Ian_cranston, who entered our 20 words competition and also joined our 2019 vintage chat.


@Luccasman, who gave some excellent advice about camping in France

Congratulations, all! You’ve been singled out by our Community bots as having contributed brilliant things since you joined and you’re now the proud owners of our New User of the Month badge. Good to have you here!


That’s very kind of you, thank you.


Congrats to our September recipient of the New User of the Month badge - @Corfe118! Thanks for reigniting a discussion about our quarterly wine list and mailing preferences (a hot topic around here!) and introducing yourself.