Red Herring Wine Club

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"London's best value wine society" - Jancis Robinson OBE, Master of Wine

Return to physical tastings:


The Club's second physical tasting "Château Mouton-Rothschild" took place at Vivat-Bacchus in Farringdon - a summary of the tasting can be found on our News page.



The Club's first physical tasting since February 2020 was on the subject "Wines under the Hammer".  Christopher Burr, Master of Wine, tutored a range of wines which were offered by Chiswick Auctions in October.  Prefaced by a wonderfully mature Champagne (Dom Pérignon Brut 1993, bottled in Epernay), the selection included biodynamic Pouilly-Fuissé Château du Lavernette 2018, old vines Maranges 2018 (Thierry and Pascale Matrot) and two rare examples from Margaux: Margaux de Château Margaux 2014 and the island wine made in the Gironde, Domaine de L'Ille Margaux 2016. 


 Members were full of praise:


Bill Horwood messaged the Club: "What a most enjoyable tasting, especially live and the team worked so hard to ensure everything worked well"


Another long-term member, Andy Grainger, said, "I would like to thank all the team for the wonderful tasting.  Apart from the wines which spoke for themselves, it must have been a lot of work to sort out the seating, the welcome at the door, the packets of biscuits, the various Covid measures, the pouring and so on.  I thought Christopher Burr was one of the best speakers we have had.  I'll certainly look at the Chiswick Auctions website".


David Rayner CBE was a guest at the tasting and he commented; “It was a hugely enjoyable tasting on Monday and thank you very much for inviting us both.  Very warm and relaxed presentation, full of information, experience and humour, and a most interesting selection of wines rarely available to experience.  Much appreciated.”


Our members speak:


Following the tasting from within the vineyards above the Alsatian village of Riquewihr, the Club received the following feedback:


 "You must have had lots of messages from Red Herring Wine Club members about the wonderful tasting organised for us on Friday evening. It was absolutely outstanding.  Beautifully presented from the vineyard itself and lots of interesting questions answered"  -  member George Sandars.



Message from Conal Gregory, Master of Wine


New world or old?  Corks or screw caps?  New technology is making itself felt in all aspects of the wine business and the Club felt it was time to launch a website for members.  You'll be able to find all the Club's news, details of tastings and offers on this site and we hope that our New World enthusiasts will find this a more convenient way to find out about the Club's events.  Meanwhile, our Old World devotees will still continue to receive all the Club's news by post.



Following his tutoring of the "Cabernet around the World" tasting, Dr Ben Lewin, Master of Wine, commented:


"I liked the impression that the members have a genuine interest in wine, hence some appreciation of the format.  I go to a fair number of tastings in New York where people are more interested in just knocking off the big names or getting bragging rights about cult wines.  So this was a really nice contrast". 



Don't miss the opportunity to join us in tastings from previously unvisited areas and some special events.



News:   On-line Payment


Next Event:   Star of Switerland - Chateau de Luins 



Forthcoming Events:


Monday 20th June 2022 Star of Switzerland - Chateau de Luins
Monday 18th July 2022 Award winning Champagne from Grand Cru Village of Avize - Frerejean Frères
Monday 19th September 2022 Leading Californian producer Daou - tutored by Peter McCombie MW
Thursday 13th October 2022 The finest wines of Portugal at the Portuguese Embassy
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