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September 2020 on the Community [newcomers, click here!]

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Events this month

There’s two brilliant events for you to take part in this month:

Thursday 10th September: #TWSTaste: Supporting Lebanon

This one already looks like it’ll be popular:

Thursday 24th September: #TWSTaste: ‘Backing our Best Growers’ Cabernet Special!

A chance to try a young and mature new world cabernet sauvignon, and support some of our most loved growers! Both wines also feature in a six-bottle mixed case (to make ordering even easier) which is being released on Monday - we’ll update with a link to it then:

Top Recent Discussions

  1. The Rest of the Year - what, if any (!), wines are you planning to stock up over the rest of the year? Some excellent chat about upcoming offers and good buys here! (Thanks @Taffy-on-Tour)
  2. Tour de France chat - one for the cycling fans (of which there seems to be many here!) Thanks @Grimpeur for starting this chat.
  3. Decanter Awards - the recent shortlist announcement has prompted some interesting discussion around wine awards in general and a great tip on where to read Decanter for free! (Thanks @MrNXM)
  4. En Primeur chat- with the flurry of new offers, now would be a great time to join our private En Primeur discussion board if you haven’t already. (Click HERE to join - click ‘Join’ in the top right - and then click HERE to view the latest topics). Some truly brilliant intel bein shared there about the wines/vintages on offer from your knowledegable fellow members!
  5. COVID - what will change next? Despite the slightly grave sounding title, this has been a fascinating discussion about the future of wine, for instance buying direct from the growers, buying local etc. (Thanks, @Robin63!)

What have been your favourite recent topics? Share them in the comments!

New User(s) of the Month

Every month, the Community bots :robot: pick two top users from our newcomers to award the New User of the Month badge.

Normally we award them retrospectively, but this month I’m starting this topic a little later than usual, so we can crown both August AND September’s winners!

Here’s August’s winners:

Congratulations to @Tomfitz (who has given some fantastic recommendations in our regular Weekday/Weekend drinking topics (this Rioja-like montepulciano was particularly popular!) and @Piersman who joined us for the Portugal #twstaste!

And September’s brand new winners:

Congratulations @TinVin, whose amusing tale of minor disaster proved very popular in a recent Weekend Drinking topic and @CCouzens, who gave a brilliant recommendation in our Favourite Small Producers chat!

Tasting note of the month

I can’t stress enough how joyous it is to read through the regular Midweek drinking/Weekend drinking topics - they’re literally packed with hundreds of gorgeous tasting notes, recommendations and handy info from your fellow members.

Two stood out this month, one for good reasons, and one not so much! :smile:

This from @HBlackburn features a wonderful wine picked at random from a wine shop, which turned out to be pretty special by the sounds of it:

And then there’s @JayKay’s very funny account of a less-than-appealing encounter with a bottle of merlot :see_no_evil::

AOB

A big congratulations to @tom for his new baby! A lovely photo and some celebratory bubbles were in order:

Also, we hit a bit of a milestone this week - our 1000th post on the ever-popular Rhone Rangers topic! :clap: Here’s to the next 1000…

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Thanks for the shout out Laura!

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