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Hi @laura and Everyone!

It’s great to be finally signed up to the community.
I have my father-in-law to thank for introducing me to the Wine Society and we have steadily been building our reserves for a few years now. Mainly Red Bordeaux and CdR.

Currently living in Singapore (which means drinking it is made that little bit harder) but had a little boy in 2016 and have enjoyed buying his wine year with the view of opening a fine drop in 18 years time!

Living in this part of the world, we have a very Antipodean selection of wine and have fallen in love with the Margaret River region of Western Australia. We visit it each year and love wines from Vasse Felix, Voyager Estate and Hayshed Hill. Would love to see some more of those on sale at the Society.

Thanks for having me. Now I’m off to ask some silly questions in other threads!



Hi there.

I’m Ben, another resident of SE London, living in Catford with my wife and two small children.

I’ve been a WS member for around 10 years, and have been lurking on the fringes of this community for a couple of months now.

I’ve been into wine for about 20 years, and it’s gradually become something of an obsession! I still remember the bottle that got me hooked - a bottle of Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz. After too many years as a student drinking rubbish and coping with horrific hangovers, and decided to push the boat out on a bottle. It was a punt - I knew nothing about the wine, but assumed it would be good because it cost £20 (in 1997). Apart from being wowed by the taste, I didn’t have anything like the hangover I was used to!! So that was it for me! No turning back!

My tastes are fairly broad. I’ve moved away from New World for the most part, though I do still adore NZ wines (if I could emigrate anywhere, I’d go to NZ) and a good Chilean wine. But my love is now red Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhône, esp CdeP. Have been investing in EP on and off since 2010.

Whites - Riesling is King for me, wherever it’s from, but Alsace - oh, such goegeous fragrant wines. Have been to the region a few times to stock up directly from the cellar door! Love them. Totally unique.

Love being a member of the WS. Wonderful wines at all prices, such huge choice, and great to be part of such a passionate community of wine lovers.


Hi there

I’m Ed living in the West Midlands.

I’m a new member to the Wine Society but I’ve benefited from the wines through family membership.

I’ve been into wine for quite a few years now since developing a reputation for never bringing a bad bottle of wine to parties as a student. This has now morphed into only drinking good wine; it being better to go without rather than drink something bad and then regret it!. It’s my excuse for spending far too much on wine and I’m sticking to it!

My current obsession in wine is East Coast Tasmanian wines especially Pinot Noir. It’s the reason I finally jumped into Wine Society membership when I saw they were selling not only the Exhibition Tasmanian Chardonnay made by Freycinet Vineyards but also their second wine Pinot Noir, the Louis Pinot Noir. They both featured in my first case of society wine.

Annual visits to Tasmania means I’m now an expert on the duty limits for bringing back wine. They have so much good wine that barely makes it to the mainland let alone halfway across the world to the UK. Still in Australia, I have a particular fancy to Clonakilla Shiraz-Viognier and Viognier. These two wines have lead me back to the old world and to the Northern Rhone with my love of Cote-Rotie and Condreiu. Recently my Pinot Noir tastes have started a tentative exploration of Burgundy. It’s nice to use the New World experiences to start an appreciation of the Old.

I don’t claim to have any real wine knowledge but know what I like. However I’m always open to exploring new wines and regions which the Wine Society seems likely to help me with.

That’s me really!


Hi Ed and welcome to this community. As a PN lover you will find many interesting posts about finding the perfect bottle at a bargain price - ha! I fibbed about the price :rofl: I noticed you like Clonakilla wines. We like them too, and have visited when we go to see relatives in Canberra.

The first time we visited was many years ago when they were just getting going, with the winemaker leading the tasting in a shed wearing a wonderful beanie hat. The wines were lovely and we brought a couple of the reds back home with us. We last visited in 2015 and they had gone up in the world with a posh tasting room, tasting staff giving minute portions of very expensive and very young Shiraz/Viognier wine. So young one would have to have faith to invest in it for future drinking as it was pretty unapproachable in the glass. We decided against at the prices on offer. Our loss no doubt as we know we like it. Anyway we stopped off up the road at Helm and sampled their delicious and properly mature Cabernet Sauvignons at much more attractive prices. And brought some home too.


Hello all, I’m Mike, living 25 miles North of Inverness. And, with 3 foot thick walls and generally low ambient temperatures up here (this year notwithstanding), my hallway makes a pretty steady temperature ‘cellar.’ I’ve been a member of TWS for 3 years now.

I drink mainly European wines with a couple of Chileans (Lascar for awesome value) and Lebanon (Musar for taste). Partly because I have a bit of a, probably invalid, eco-conscience issue with shipping wine such huge distances when there is so much on our doorstop, partly because it’s confusing enough trying to figure out my preferences within Europe, never mind including the rest of the world, and partly because I just love the wines!

My favourite regions in approximate order of preference would probably be: Bordeaux, Rioja, Rhone (N & S), Burgundy, rest of Spain, Italy, Portugal (this is a bit of a new exploration for me but finding some good’uns). Bordeaux is by far my favourite but Rhone has been catching up recently! I’m afraid I have never managed to warm to white wine :frowning: (pardon the pun).

I generally buy a mixture of some wines to lay down for a few years and some for immediate drinking. Apart from when I’m in France (see below) where I buy locally, pretty much all my wine comes from the Society.

I live alone and generally only drink one glass a night which tends to present keeping problems. A recent purchase of an AntiOx wine preserve is showing promising results on that front.

When not drinking I love to be in the mountains (hence why I live up here) but, now I’m getting a little older, I don’t do so much technical climbing, instead spending the winter in the Alps doing ski mountaineering.


Welcome! Lots of Rioja and Rhone fans on here: warning, you may end up buying more than you planned :smiley:

@Sarah shared an interesting article on this point in her recent AMA:


I already do typically spend more that I intend! One of the problems with this wine game is that the more you drink the more expensive your tastes seem to get.

Re the eco-conscience thing I am aware of the arguments in favour of modern container shipping and that getting the wine to me up here in Scotland is probably the biggest environmentally damaging part of it’s whole journey :smiley: The biggest reason is really my personal preference, though it’s hard to compare like for like when the prices, French in particular, do tend to be rather high compared to an equivalent ‘quality’ Chilean for example. The Lascar Carmeneres and Merlots would I’m sure be at least twice the price if they were coming from France.



My name is Dee (well Donna actually), I’m not new to TWS, but am new to the community. I’m definitely a wine novice, the more I learn I realise the less I know!

I love great value wines but also love indulging in something a little special too from time to time. The first thing I bought when my divorce was finalised was Opus One. I had never tried and had always been curious, it’s currently laying down for the next 8.5 years so a little time to wait for that one. I think Domaine Laborie is a great entry wine, better taste and value than anything I’ve found so far but very open to recommendations.

One of my most favourite finds at the wine society was Glenelly Grand Vin, Western Cape 2008, but sadly its no longer available. Do you know of anything similar? As good, better?

I’m really excited to be part of the community, I tried Naked wines for a bit (it was like cheating, I felt totally awful) and the community I found not be the friendliest.

I live 20 minutes away from TWS HO and when I pop in there everyone is always so lovely and helpful. I’ve a lot to learn about wine but am willing to work hard and enjoy the fruits of my labour!

Thank you for having me community and I hope this is the start of a long and happy friendship.


Welcome Dee, and we’ll forgive your infidelity dalliance … :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: - we’re a friendly bunch here of all degrees of wine knowledge, but most importantly we all enjoy wine and finding out more about it!

That goes for those of us who work in the trade too, so you’re in good company! :slightly_smiling_face:


Welcome to the Community Dee. You’ll find a wealth of information on here, all shared with a welcoming enthusiasm. Like you I’m a relative novice but then - who has ever mastered a full understanding of wine?!

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That’s exactly the way I feel! :smiley:

And welcome! I’ve been with TWS for a couple of years but only stuck my nose into the community area a few days ago myself.

For what it’s worth my favourite value for money TWS wines would be:

The Merlot is also very good.

And a brilliant Italian red:

And a recent new discovery for me:

All seemed to me to be worth way more than the price tag.


Oooo, thanks Mike! I will absolutely be ordering those, I’ll let you know how I get on.

Thank you for the recommendations, I find they’re always the best way to try new wines


@DeeStorey welcome! You’ll probably find your wish list gets longer and longer the more time you spend here. :smiley:

Until recently my other half worked for Majestic, so I know how you feel… :smile:

As for the Glenelly - I’m afraid I never got a chance to drink it, but if you’re looking for great South African red blends, I’d highly recommend the Liberator range:

They always blow my socks off. Haven’t tried this one but the description reads beautifully - might grab a bottle from the Showroom later. :slight_smile:


Hi, I’ve been lurking in the Community for a while, finding the discussions interesting, so I thought it was time to post here. I joined TWS about six months ago I think.

I divide my time about equally between our house in northern New York State and our pied a terre in Norfolk. My wife mostly stays in the US, with a month in England once in a while - we are both retired.

In England, TWS works well for me, I’ve had some great bottles and very few disappointing ones. I like claret but am open to new things too, as someone mentioned above the Domaine de Laborie was very nice.

Rural NYS is frustrating for wine - mostly because of the very restrictive licensing laws in NY, which may have seemed appropriate in the 1930s …

Anyway, greetings to one and all!


Welcome! Whereabouts in NY? I have in-laws in that part of the world. And the licensing is weird. Tried to buy my brother in law a crate of beer last year but couldn’t find anywhere that could ship it reasonably so gave up. Ended up just giving him some cash, so much for the surprise gift!

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I’m not familiar with the licensing laws in NY state…can you or @_robin elaborate just out of interest ? Welcome to the community Robin, you will most likely find your collection growing as a result of all the excellent recommendations on here . Also do you drink much wine from finger Lakes ? Who are your favourite producers if so ? Thanks

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Don’t know about the state but in the City, supermarkets cannot sell wine. Available through liquor stores only.

We do drink Finger Lakes wine, mainly from Bully Hill which is at Hammondsport on Lake Keuka. Their site is well worth a visit, apart from the vineyards, tasting room and restaurant, their is a wine museum that is absolutely fascinating - I spent several hours in there. NYS is the oldest wine producing state in the USA, there’s been commercial production since the 1820s. Museum gives good insights into the history of prohibition and all that. There are loads of old wine bottles going back to the 19th century and similar interesting things. Also a history of the lawsuits concerning Bully Hill and their trademarks and antecedents - too arcane to go into here, but fascinating.

My wife’s standard house wine is Bully Hill’s Fishmarket White. Slightly too sweet for me, but an excellent summer drink with plenty of ice. They do produce some excellent dry reds, with some unusual grapes - Franco-American hybrids that were developed in the post phylloxera period, common in Europe in the transition, and then dropped out of favour in France but are still common in NYS. (That may not be totally accurate but I believe that is the gist.)

NYS licensing laws. Beer, no problem. Freely sold in supermarkets, convenience stores etc. However, wine can only be sold in a liquor store. Liquor stores can ONLY sell wines and spirits (no beer, no soft drinks, no snacks etc.) Liquor store chains are not allowed. Each store has to stand alone, owned by someone who lives in that town & doesn’t own another liquor store. So, in rural areas, wine prices are very high and typically the selection is poor since the liquor stores get all their supply from one wholesaler.

We are up in Canton, NY, about 400 miles north of NYC and about 100 miles south of Ottawa, Ontario. It’s not easy to get to NYC from here, as there’s a massive mountain range in the way.

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You’re about an hour northwest of my wife’s aunt. It’s a beautiful part of the world! I love driving up there, not tried it in the winter though :smile: