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Welcome aboard!
Absolutely brilliant to hear you enjoyed following along with the lunch today. Thank you for taking the time to do so.

Lovely to hear about how you were proposed for membership! I hope it’s been an enjoyable experience ever since.

We are all always keen for a chat on here so don’t ever hesitate to get stuck in!


I had a similar experience, I was proposed by a senior colleague in 1969 !

The rest is indeed history, though in my case I buy (and drink) much more now than then. I’m fairly new to this Community, but it’s great fun and very informative, particularly the buyer’s contributions.
Best wishes to all…


Hi, Chris here from Truro.

I am a retired solicitor and have been a member of the Society since 1980.

My Damascene moment was drinking a Bordeaux petit chateaux in a restaurant in Quimper, Brittany, in 1985.

I now have quite a few bottles (too many) and my main enthusiasm is the Rhone, but also Beaujolais where the Cru are fantastic value and also white burgundy-the Maconnais and Chablis as I find the Cote D’Or too expensive. I also enjoy Loire reds and Bandol.


Chris250 welcome to the community. What is your favourite Rhône and Beaujolais wines?


Hi Robin63
Thank you. In the Rhone, I enjoy particularly enjoy Croze-Hermitage including Jaboulet’s Les Jalets and Gilles Robin’s Les Papillon and also St Joseph.
In the Beaujolais I enjoy Morgon including Jean-Marc Burgaud’s Cote du Py and also Jean-Paul Brun’s L’Ancien. How about you?


Hi @chris250. I’m also a big fan of L’Ancien. My go-to cheaper alternative for Burgundy Pinot Noir. I love it with chicken and pork dishes. I’m also looking forward to Jaboulet’s Thalabert that I’ve purchased on the EP offer.

Are you taking part in the Rhône tasting this evening?

NEW #TWSTaste virtual wine tasting: Roam around the Rhône, Thursday 23rd April, 8-9pm


Chris250, yes I enjoy the Crozes wines too. You may have already found them but the Rhône Rangers and Rhône EP threads might interest you.

Hi EdMcK. I have one or two bottles of Thalabert. Maybe even a 1998!
Yes, I am taking part in the Rhone tasting tonight. I’ve decided to open a Cote Rotie 1996 from Patrick Jasmin.


Hi Robin63. Thanks. I haven’t found the Rhone Rangers or Rhone EP threads yet but I 'll have a look for them


Hi @chris250, sorry to butt in - you may be interested in joining some members for an online Thalabert tasting on Saturday evening:

The Rhone Rangers thread can be found here:


EP threads are slightly hidden: https://community.thewinesociety.com/c/chat/ep/17

To access, you just need to go to the groups page: https://community.thewinesociety.com/g and click on ‘Join’


Hello! I’m delighted to have joined up today, and am looking forward to meeting/chatting with other members, and learning pearls of wisdom from the fabulous WS staff! I hope to attend the Northern Italy event tomorrow evening, one of my favourite wine regions!


Welcome to this fab community, @PhilipNicholas! :wave:

Hope you enjoy the myriad interesting topics here, not all of them about wine! You will definitely pick some pearls of wisdom from staff and members, but keep your wallet close to you - wine recommendations on this forum are known to result in a less-than-happy bank balance :smiley:

Hope you are able to join the Northern Italy tasting tomorrow, too! :clap: :wine_glass:


Hi all

I’ve just joined the community after having enjoyed being a member for a few years and looking forward to one of my favourite regions, Northern Italian wine tasting tomorrow evening.



Hi Rory @MagnusPie and @PhilipNicholas - great to have you both with us and it will be great to see you at our #TWSTaste Northern Italy Virtual Tasting event tonight if you can make it along! If you like, you can join this thread meantime to let other members of our Community know which wine you’ll be opening tonight: NEW #TWSTaste virtual wine tasting: Northern Italy, Thursday 30th April, 8-9pm

Hi Tom

Thanks for your post of 13 days ago. I am sorry to have missed the tasting, although I might have got into trouble with my family joining a tasting at that time on a Saturday! I am just jetting used to the community so I will try and check more regularly in future.


Hi Laura. I’m Nick and have been interested in wine since well, forever. Not involved with the trade as such but know people who are. During my time I have got lvl 3 WSET qualification. Really into Italian wine but I tend to go to the lesser areas such as Abruzzo and Umbria both for quality and price. Love the video/zoom tastings as they are more accessible for me since retiring away from London.


Hey Nick, welcome. I would completely agree with you on the zoom sessions, I live in London but struggle to get to them. I really hope they continue after lockdown, I think it’s a great way for so many more people to hear from the winemakers.


Welcome Nick.

I agree with @Winestwit, even living in London it’s not the easiest (or most affordable!) to get to as many tastings, definitely hope they keep going once we’re allowed out again. Have you considered going further with your wine education?


Yes I have and feel that I could have given the diploma a good go, but before I managed to retire I just never had the time. It’s a very time consuming course, and somewhat expensive, especially if you have to buy all that wine yourself!


I hear you! I keep toying with the idea of the Diploma, but it’s just too much right now. I’ve done a few of the Wine Scholar Guild courses to extend knowledge, but now I just go to tastings and hang around places like this. There’s an HUGE amount of info/knowledge on here.