May 2015 - The Grand Tour of Italy
With summer on the way and our thoughts turning to warmer weather and summer food, we were inspired to follow in the footsteps of travellers of the historic Grand Tour of Italy. Our Grand Tour took us around classical and interesting grapes of northern Italy, from the Alto Adige to Tuscany and then up to Piemonte.
This event also included the AGM and the review of the past year.
June 2015 - “Yes that's right - Wines from India!”
Most people react in the same way; “I didn’t know India made wine?!”. The initial reaction is one of amazement and surprise quickly followed by interest and curiosity. At the end of the day, India is a land of mystery, variety and magic. So is the wine! We discovered more about the development of the industry in India, and the wines, guided by Andrea, Character Wine’s Master of Wine and the result was that we were amazed by just how good some of them are.
Sept 2015 - Wines of New Zealand
Our first ever gathering at The Reading Room was for an evening of tasting wines from New Zealand. This was run by Ben to celebrate England hosting the Rugby World Cup this autumn. There was a great selection of wines - some typical of NZ but some others which were a real suprise.
Nov 2015 - Australia vs the rest of the World
The November Wine tasting with the Croughton Wine Appreciation Group checked out if you knew Aussie wines with an evening of tasting and comparing wines from Australia and the rest of the world.
Scores are here
December 2015 - Christmas Award Winners
We chose the perfect combination of award winning, easily available and affordable wines for our Christmas wine tasting event!
It was a fantastic evening, with 9 wines to inspire your Christmas as well as the customary seasonal nibbles and a raffle full of wine related prizes!
Scores are here
March 2016 - Wines from Portugal
Anabela Ferreira from Bela Wines guided us through tasting wines from Portugal. There were some very unusual grapes which made for a very interesting evening. The climax was a LBV port from 2008 which I have no doubt was the highest scoring wine we have ever tasted.
Anabela works with small independent family run producers who are all 5th and 6th generations of vineyard owners. The wines are produced in small amounts, unique and mostly using biodynamic methods.
Here are the scores.