To protect the club against any claims made against it while running events - if someone has an accident and decide to sue for example.
As above, we set the limit on 10 members* as we meet in peoples homes around their table. So at most we have 10 people, often there are 8 or 9 because of holidays or illness.
At first we were tasting only with some palate cleaning biscuits but as time went on people started supplying nibbles. Some have printed the wine notes from TWS and where the notes mention a food match they’ve supplied a similar food.
Me, I now get some party-food nibbles from M&S.
Format - well the member that is hosting has chosen the wines, printed a sheet of them, sometimes also a map, and brings out the first wine, host says a bit about it, bottle goes around the table then we talk about the wine. At the end we vote on the favourite.
(* but theres over 1,000 members of the U3A group that we are a sub group of, and now 5 wine tasting groups - each is independent and sets their own rules & criteria.)
The speaker organiser has an annual budget. We’ve had MWs, experts in a particular fields, members of Association of Wine Educators, local wine shop owners/managers, representatives of winerys, people from National Wine Bodies, importers, Waitrose, Majestic … Some charge a lot others don’t so it needs to be balanced out over the year.
Speaker is given a budget for wine and they source and bring the wine. When people arrive they are given a welcome glass of the first wine. We sit at tables of sixteen. When the speaker indicates a bottle is placed on each table and we pour a measure using a measuring glass. The speaker talks about the wine. We have 8 wines plus the door wine. Usually there is a second pour of the door wine so the speaker can tell us about it.
At the end of the tasting platters are served salads, meats, cheese, breads etc
One tasting has no speaker, it’s our annual blind tasting where we have 4 whites and 4 reds and 2 sheets giving 5 white varieties/5 countries and 5 red varieties/5 countries. All you have to do is match the correct variety with the correct country…
There’s a winner for white and one for red and an overall winner who gets a trophy, a small battered cup found in a junk shop many years ago. We finish with battered fish and chips from a local chippy. The event is called The Battered Trophy.
At the start this wasn’t well supported because people didn’t like blind tastings but at the one this month we had around 75 people as members realise that they can just enjoy themselves, drink wine and chat to friends.