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Welcome @KS_Brown and @AWomanwithaCellar. Great to have you both in the community. Am looking forward to hearing some of your favourite wine suggestions and encourage you both to get involved with the #Twstaste. Just follow the link @robert_mcintosh has posted. It’s really good fun as well as being extremely informative.
Keen to hear more about your trip down under @KS_Brown.
My twin brother lives in Perth but it’s been quite a while since I’ve been and sampled the excellent vineyards there. There is also a holiday snap thread where you can post some of your photographs and make us all jealous of your trip.

Holiday Snaps


Hi Robert,

Thank you for the welcome. I will take a look at Cellartracker too, though I do like Vivino and use it to track our wine, though I tend just to dip in and out of the ‘chat’ side of it.


Greetings to a fellow Cumbrian! Unfortunately I live in Southampton now. My Mam lives in a village just outside Penrith so am up there a few times a year. Your tastes in wine are shared by lots of folk in this community including me and I am sure you will find lots of new wines to try. Oh and a TWS wish list that just gets longer and longer the more posts you read.

Have you visited D Byrne wines in Clitheroe? Fantastic wine shop and they used to run the occasional tasting way back. Not sure if they do now. Anyway worth a trip as the scenery is lovely as well.


Thanks @Leah

It may take me a while to work my way around here but look forward to getting involved with the #twstaste - just requires some forward planning which is not my forte!


Hi @JayKay

Greetings! I’m actually a Londoner by birth but married to a Cumbrian and my wonderful mother-in-law lives in Skelton, not far from Penrith. She goes to a regular wine tasting in Penrith but I’ve never been. :thinking: Perhaps I should…

I think I’ve heard of D Byrne wines but no, I’ve never been. Sounds like I should. I like to support local businesses and there is a good wine shop in Kendal, Staintons, but I get most of my wines from the WS, as I love a co-op too :wink:


Welcome to The Negroni Society … :wink:

Congratulations: New Member(s) of the Month

:joy::joy: Ooh thanks! Do I get a badge? :wink:

That looks good :heart:️:tumbler_glass: Just add a twist of orange peel


Hi everyone,

In my haste to join in the conversation in recent weeks I realised I have never introduced myself, for which I apologise.

My name is Jim and I live in Dumfries in South West Scotland. I’ve been a member of TWS for around 20 years. I’m probably someone that favours old world over new but I love both. My reserves are mostly French and the plan, like a lot of members, is to put down wine that I can drink later in life that would otherwise be unaffordable.

I love the classic regions but also have an interest in the wines of the south west such as Madiran. I also love Italy and l’m currently going through a Sicilian phase!

Outside of wine I’m a Chartered Surveyor and enjoy most sports including golf, cricket, rugby and football. I’ve been a Newcastle United fan for around 30 years which is probably why I enjoy wine so much😩 Other interests include skiing and music.

I’ve picked up a lot of wine ideas and recommendations already through various threads and look forward to enjoying more in the future. Most people don’t get the whole wine enthusiast thing. Most friends and family like wine but that’s as far as it goes, so it has been great to read discussions on past vintages, new releases and the like.

Cheers :wine_glass:



Welcome Jim, you have been a great contributor so far and it’s great to hear about your wine interests . There’s nothing wrong in being a Newcastle United fan either :blush:.


A lot of similar interests to me Jim, and I’m only 50 odd miles up the road…are you involved in cricket or rugby in the Dumfries area at all?


Thanks Leah. I’ve been really surprised at how many members like wine from Alsace. It’s not an area I know a lot about, but starting to learn a bit. Love NUFC and happier after yesterday!!


Hi Mark,

I played rugby for Dumfries colts when I left school and then for a few years but gave up due to work commitments at that time. Whilst not involved with the club now, I still follow rugby and managed to get up to Murrayfield yesterday for a great afternoon.

I also played cricket for Dumfries until after University, although have continued to play for the local hospital team in the midweek league. I know a lot of the guys still involved with the club though.
I did play against Kilmarnock a few times in my youth so we may have crossed paths at some point?

Are you still involved in both sports?




Very much involved in cricket at club, district and national level still. Though more in admin and coaching now!

Love playing at Nunholm. One of the best club grounds in Britain never mind West of Scotland.

Follow my son at rugby…making his senior debut this year.

I am an Alsace wine lover too…




Good to hear you are still involved in cricket. The Scottish cricket set up is much bigger than most people think.

Best of luck to your son for the season ahead.

I did buy some of the schlumberger 2010 Riesling recently after some recommendations from members so I’m looking forward to trying that at Christmas .




So a long time wine lover, and frequenter of various Internet forums (fora?), particuarly UK Wine Forum.

Very glad to see this community seems to be working well - and nice software, too!

My tastes are reasonably eclectic. Love the classics from Burgundy and the Rhone (esp Northern), Champagne, Loire, less enthusiastic about Bordeaux, but keen on Languedoc/Roussillon, Jura. Outside of France, Piedmont is great (Barbaresco more than Barolo for me), bits of Tuscany and the South/Etna.

However, I would say that my latest areas of excitement are South Africa and Spain (esp anything by a Palacios!). So much good stuff going on in these areas, it’s hard to keep up.

Then my true love, of course, Musar. Need I say more?!



Hello fellow members. Jude and I have been society members for many years, but I was only moved to join the community yesterday, when I read of the wine writing competition in the Society’s November newsletter. Please let me know when you run the competition again, it sounds like fun.

I’m afraid you have my walking stick as my community name; the software didn’t like ‘Mike Frost’ as that’s who I am. My Avatar photo was taken on October 7th in Gaioli in Chianti, at a vintage cycling event - L’Eroica. A very energetic day!


Alpenstock is a great name, but if you really want your name, it should work (unless there is already another @MikeFrost … nope …

The issue was probably that you tried adding a space between the words?

If you joined recently you might still be able to change this :slight_smile:


Hello my name is Simon. I’ve been a society member for about 1515 years.
I like trying new wines. But my particular favourites are aged brdx blends and aged Shiraz/Syrah. I like fresh whites like SB and Riesling and any like to try something I haven’t drunk before.
I’m also partial to a glass of bubbles a or two!
I hope to learn lots from the community.

Congratulations: New Member(s) of the Month

Probably should have said a member of the society for 15 years nor 1515!!!


Oh dear, I got quite excited we had a real life “Highlander” as a member. Welcome @Wineman74, everyone is extremely friendly and helpful here, we look forward to hearing more from you.