In person tastings ARE BACK

Thanks. If anyone needs a reminder as to the contents:


I placed my order for the tasting kit. 50ml is approximately what we served in our North London tasting recently.

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They’re doing them as regular society deliveries, which I’m pretty sure the Xinomavro ones weren’t.

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Just discovered that these aren’t going out as regular TWS deliveries. They will come from another source, so my order, which included a bottle to make up the free delivery is a bit of a mystery (certainly not being delivered today on the TWS van). MS tell me they are going to let me know when I can expect the tasting pack to arrive.

Has anyone else had their delivery?

Unfortunately it does mean the Grádus Cuvée, Sebestyén, Szekszárd 2016 I’d included in the order (to hit the free delivery amount for TWS) won’t be delivered - MS offered to get it out to me asap, but I’m not making them deliver a single bottle by itself, just have to hope it’s still in stock when I next order.

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I was about to call member services about exactly this as I’d selected today as my delivery day (and opted to just pay the postage as I’m on a go-slow wine buying wise).

As usual communication is poor, it’d have been nice of them to let us know, rather than us having to do the digging.


Strangely enough, just had the written response back from MS (very rapid, I must say).

Looks like they will be shipped by TWS after all…

Dear James,

The Madeira Tasting packs will arrive at our warehouse on Monday and will be shipped before the end of next week, no confirmed date yet.

Kind regards,

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Anyone going to the tasting with Jo Locke on Tuesday?

The lineup isn’t what I was expecting, but still looks very promising😃

It was great to be able to get back to a real live tasting with other people present, after such a long time. Jo Locke led us through a variety of wines, with the general theme being the influence of ageing on the wines.

I couldn’t understand, though, how several attendees thought it was acceptable to talk loudly at their tables during Jo’s presentation. Incredibly rude.

A couple of points of interest on the wines. We tasted TWS champagne, in bottle and in magnum. The main point of difference being that the bottles are largely based on the 2015 vintage, the magnums on 2008. The magnum had also had slightly longer in bottle. Shame the magnums don’t get the discount at Christmas!

For those who have Taylor’s 2009, Jo felt that this was nowhere near ready.(Personally I wouldn’t turn it down if you offered me a glass). Drink dates were originally 2025-50, and indeed still are on the notes on my wines, but were shown last night as 2035-70. I’m too old and impatient to wait quite that long.


An updated list of online and in person tastings been added up until the end of the year :slight_smile:


I am thinking about going to the Dec 9th lunch. Never been to an event on Stevenage.

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Look what just arrived

Just need to avoid looking at them until the 11th…

Yes, @Aspedini, that’s an awful lot of onion gravy right there, going to need 4 bags of Smash!


Whilst not an “in” person tasting, I thought I would add this event with Susie and Peter on Instagram live on November 25th;

Susie Barrie & Peter Richards (@susieandpeter) • Instagram photos and videos

Edit : I’ve updated the link as the previous wasn’t working.


Yeah, it’s for this

The labels look great

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Seems to be a full programme of events for the first quarter of next year.

I’ve registered for several online workshops but there are also a few dinners that I might suggest to Mrs BrocklehurstJ


Anyone else is going for the WS Champions tasting in Lewes tomorrow?

If so, hello in advance! :smile: :wave:


I figured you might be heading for that one! :smiley:

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Shame you’re not about, Mike! :grinning:

Had it been two and half months later I’d have been on it like a flash! :smiley:


I’m going to the London tasting on Monday. Looks quite an interesting lineup.

Don’t worry about spoilers over the weekend - I’ll look forward to your notes.

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Yes, there are quite a few I’m definitely not going to spit! Looking forward to it! :grinning: