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Not that famous! Good band though!


That means you were part of Sigur Ros then!

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Wouldn’t admit to that either… they are in trouble with the tax authorities!! Big fan boy of Sigur Rós - been to see them live 8+ times. Great band. :slight_smile:


Love them too! One of my favourite combo of music and book was reading Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow whilst listening to ‘Takk’ on repeat.

I remember my then boyfriend (now husband) calling me during one such session and hearing the awesome expansive music said ‘well, looks like I called you in Heaven’.

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Hi all - Roger here. Been a member for a few years now and been finding my way in terms of what I like and enjoy. Just signed up for my first VCP (haven’t quite told the wife yet!)

Really enjoying the online events as sadly I don’t think the Society has ever run in person events in Northern Ireland.

I’ve been lurking on here for few months now and picking up plenty of tips and ideas - feel like I really need to up my game in the kitchen when I look at the meals members are whipping up on the midweek and weekend drinking threads!


Welcome @RogerS!

There’s lots to pick up from the discussions on this community and it does encourage some exploration of wines not usually tried. There are good tips on drinking windows, decanting and obviously on food matching with some very impressive cooking as you’ve noticed. Not many of my dishes grace these pages!

Hope you’ll feel like sharing your wine discoveries and favourites with us all.


Hi all, I’m Jonathon, relatively new member (a few months) but slowly learning the hobby. I’ve had a number of good wines so far but as I’ve stuck to mixed cases and (fairly) random choices I struggle to track what I’ve liked and I’m hoping to pick up a wine journal at some point.

I’m a keen red drinker but since joining TWS I’ve learnt that actually I like a decent white. Those I’ve had haven’t been harsh and have been a pleasant change.

I’m now looking at laying down some vintages and possibly at an en primeur if I can muster my courage…



I’m never quite sure whether to point you to the EP threads (although I believe someone already has in the VCP thread you started) or suggest you run away fast! It’s oddly compelling and addicted, but is the ultimate in delayed gratification. There’s a few “How to start buying EP/How to start a cellar” threads on here (e.g. this one and this one). I think my advice on top of these would be “buy something earlier drinking!”. I’m not saying a straight away drinking, which isn’t really buying EP, but something you can have the first bottle of after a couple of years rather than 10!


My reading list expands! Thanks for the links.

Good advice re: the drinking window; I guess then I can build it up so that I can be pulling a few bottles every year by 2025 rather than 2030(!)


Hi everyone,

I joined the WS last year, because we couldn’t get to France. I should have done it decades ago.

We mostly drink French wine, but also like Spanish, Italian, German etc. Not really a fan of New World wines. A few current faves from what we have bought so far are the Plaisir d’Eulalie, the Domaine Félines Jourdan Picpoul, the Château Lary Tagot Bordeaux and everything we have tried from Domaine Jaume. Having said that, we haven’t bought anything we haven’t liked!

I suspect that we are buying more wine than we have space for at home.


Welcome to the Community @CaroleLovesRed . If you have just joined us here then please be aware that the temptations to buy wines will be greatly increased with all the recommendations, tasting notes and alerts about wines newly available on the web site.


You’ll fit right in! Welcome!


You’d be surprised. Take a look at this thread:



One of the facts of life. But there’s always room. Turf out your kids - that’s a solution.
Just think of all those accumulated treasures you’ll not drink before you die that you can leave them in your legacy - major compensation.


The kids went ages ago. Just the two of us and the dogs now, and the dogs are staying!


Hello everybody, Dave here. A relatively new member, joined over Christmas 2020. I would say I “got into” wine during an Erasmus exchange year in Bordeaux in the 2000s, coming back to the UK was rather a rude awakening, no more €3 glasses of Cru Bourgeois from the Bar a Vin or dawn oysters and tariquet at the end of a raucous night!

Gradually working my way through an ever expanding wish list and broadening my horizons a little. Top finds so far are the Martin Wassmer Spatburgunder and Xinomavro in general, I feel I’ve wasted a number of years in ignorance of this grape!

Does anyone have any experience of the virtual tastings? I’m eyeing up the two on the WS champions with tasting kits…


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Welcome @DrDave! Glad you’ve found us and I think your experience will expand quickly - the recommendations on here can be very tempting. I think we’re all getting to know a bit more about Xinomavro, especially through some of the interesting and detailed TWS videos on YouTube - these are well worth seeking out.


Tying your two bits together, I did the Xinomavro tasting recently, which was excellent. Really well presented the wine arrived securely and when it turned out one of them was corked I was treated to a whole bottle.

I’m considering the blind tasting at the moment.


Thanks for the warm welcome everyone, and the replies from @VinoVeritas and @strawpig!

One question on tasting if it’s OK to ask here. I’ve seen a few people talk about tasting and aroma wheels, are these useful for helping to train your perception of different flavours and aromas? I often find it difficult to move much past very general descriptions like fruity/citrusy/oaky, and that’s if I’ve even got more complex than “well that’s bloody delicious isn’t it”