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Goring & Streatley Wine Society celebrates 20 years

by | Mar 13, 2015 | General | 0 comments

It was a privilege to attend the 20th anniversary wine tasting at the Goring & Streatley Wine Society last week.  Having been part of my life for over ten years, it was great to catch up with some old friends, and a pleasure to celebrate such a milestone.

The tasting, led by Ian Hewson, was quite magnificent.  We kicked off with some vintage English fizz from the Hattingley estate in Hampshire, yet another example of the outstanding progress English sparkling wines have made.  The Greywacke Riesling was outstanding – quintessential lemon, lime and minerality.

We then proceeded through a Who’s Who of some of the top wines of the world.  The Vino del Olivo 2007 Contino was breathtaking Rioja; the Barolo 2007 from Conterno was about as good as it gets.

The evening culminated with one of the most famous wines of the world: Chateau d’Yquem 2006.  Do I need to say more at £250 per bottle?

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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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