Hello! :) Introduce yourself

Thanks for the warm welcome @Leah:smiley:

I shall look forward to slowly getting more involved with the forum as time goes on… :slight_smile:


I just received membership as a birthday gift. (delayed slightly by lockdown)

Given the high regard the society is held in I probably should have joined years ago. From 2009-2013 I worked for Majestic where I got the WSET diploma then spent a couple of years in Melbourne in the trade. I returned to London and worked for an independent bar/shop and now live in Balham with wine as a (delicious) diversion!

I’m looking forward to exploring the society’s range. Any recommendations welcome.
Likes : Rhone, dry Riesling, sweet Riesling, Cinsault
Dislikes: Gruner Veltliner, Vermentino


Welcome to the Society. With Riesling on your list you may have already seen the recent presentation and tasting from Schlumberger led by Severine. If not, see the WS YouTube channel.


Yes, welcome to TWS and this community @MidPalateTingle,

TWS recently offered a selection of Alsace wine from 2010. There are a few Rieslings left here.

Not tried any so no personal recommendations, but pretty sure there are some other members who might be able to give a bit more guidance.


These look very tempting.

I can see that spending time here is going to be an exercise in self-restraint as much as anything else!


Oh yes, this is an exercise I fail frequently!

Also if you’ve got quite a bit of spare time, there’s this thread on Rhone wine - lots of regular and knowledgable contributors there

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Oh you’ve no idea :bulb::rofl:!! Welcome ! Glad to have you onboard ! Plenty to get stuck into here and you’ll find lots of inspiration too :yum:!


Welcome MPT from another forum newbie… :smiley:

Executive summary: You can’t go wrong with any of those. A selection of lovely wines, there :yum:

Thanks everyone. I can see myself contributing to the ‘weekend drinking’ threads as during the current climate it is all you can do to limit mon-thurs and enjoy something on the days that really matter…

My wife and I live in Colorado but in a typical year we spend about 3+ months in Europe (4 trips of 3 to 4 weeks, typically a mix of time in England and elsewhere in Europe).

We are both enthusiastic wine drinkers - historically been mainly European Reds but we are slowly migrating to more whites and Roses. We like California Pinot Noirs but due to very highland and labour costs they tend to be very expensive.


Hi @stevepen1820, welcome to the community. Lots of enthusiastic wine drinkers frequent these pages, so you’re in good company. I’m also a fan of European reds (most of them, anyway), though I can’t say I’ve tried any Californian Pinot Noirs that have bowled me over (though probably due to the costs you mention). How does Oregon compare cost-wise from a domestic perspective? What other countries / regions have you tried Pinot Noirs from?

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Hello all, Jack here. I’m still relatively new to TWS having been gifted a membership for my 30th Birthday in October 2018. Having really only started getting into wine in my mid twenties I’m still very much at that early stage of figuring out my likes and dislikes. I’ve always been a big fan of Rioja and love a lightly chilled pinot noir on a sunny day like today, but I’m always trying to broaden my horizons so I usually like to add a couple of bottles from off the beaten track to any order from TWS (Xinomavro being the most recent thanks to these pages!). I’m also a big sherry fan having been lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks in Andalusia last September and visiting a number of the sherry bodegas, so I’ll be cooling off with a nice glass of of Fino or Manzanilla Pasada in a couple of hours time. Anyway, just thought I would pop by and say hello. Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine.


Hello, Jack, and welcome.

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Jack, welcome. If you enjoyed the Xinomavro you might find the presentation by Demetri Walters MW interesting. An Eastern Mediterranean Odyssey with Demetri Walters MW - YouTube

Thanks Robin, I’ll certainly give that a watch

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Morning All,
Hope everyone is well.
Jonathan from Glasgow.
I’ve been a member for decades, but some how this has passed me by.
looking forward to talk about all things wine!


Welcome @Jonny616, looking forward to hearing all about your favourite wines. Get stuck in, new community members always welcome.


Welcome aboard!

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Hello! I am another newbie, though I have no excuse for being so late to the party as I have been working for The Wine Society for years! My name is Steve, I am rather grandly called the Wine Information Editor, trying like King Canute to curate (and occasionally create) our vast database of notes for the wines that appear on the website, as well as some other copy and content. I live in Hertford with my lovely wife Tansy and an ancient but lovable cat called Bonnie, where I am currently working from home thanks to the labours of our IT team - hats off to them. I got a job with the Society in 2008, working at first in the Showroom so ‘hi’ to any of the lovely members I used to chat with there. I have been a member of the Society since 2005, a relative latecomer given that I fell in love with wine some 30 years ago and took the first two levels of the WSET exams under my own steam in 1995, and I am grateful that the Society helped me get a WSET Diploma a few years ago. I’m a lucky boy, working where I do and with a product I genuinely love. Please don’t ask me to choose a wine style over all others, I just can’t be emphatic about that - there is too much wonderful wine to enjoy out there. Italy holds a special place in my heart because their food holds a special place in my stomach. And, of course, if money were no object I recall rather dreamily some ethereal, intense and mind blowing red Burgundies over the years. I am always trying new wines to me because there are some wonderful surprises out there. Santorini whites anyone? Away from the Society, but never far from some wine, I read a lot (history and historical novels for the main part), draw and very occasionally paint, cook every day and love an eclectic range of music from 50’s crooners to proper old school heavy metal via classic 60s and 70s rock and prog. It’s amazing how nostalgia can improve music you were indifferent to as a teenager! Wine not so much (supermarket Lambrusco and Corrida at teenage parties anyone?). So, wine and music recommendations are very welcome folks! I look forward to joining in.