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Tasting events and more for wine lovers in Richmond

Richmond Wine Society

Since 2006 Richmond Wine Society has run monthly wine tastings covering a diverse range of wines in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

We meet in person at the Britannia Inn, in Brewer’s Lane, in their upstairs room, and the price of the tasting includes a two course meal with wine. We occasionally meet at the Waterman’s in Water Lane.  Most months we run two events (the same lineup of wines at each), usually on a Sunday and a Monday. We have a membership of over 200, and every month over 50 people attend across the two nights.

The format of the evening is designed to be friendly and informal, but informative as well. Absolutely no knowledge of wine is required and whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster there is plenty to learn and enjoy – most of the wines we taste retail at £10-£50, and some months we sample something very rare and expensive.

Read the blog to find out about what we have been tastings.  This year’s events are shown below, the current event can be booked by clicking on ‘Tickets’.

The host is Tim Syrad.  Tim has over 30 years experience entertaining and informing people about wine, and is a member of the Association of Wine Educators, holding the WSET Diploma in Wine. He also runs the Teddington Society, as well as fine wine Masterclasses, occasional wine courses, corporate events and wine tours.  He is a fervent advocate that wine tasting should be fun, celebrating the enjoyment that wine brings, whether in discovering a new wine variety or region, or perceiving a new aroma or taste, or identifying a fascinating match between wine and food.

 

 

 

 

 

The next Richmond Wine Society Events are:

Jun
2
Sun
Richmond Wine Society – Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines @ The Britannia
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines @ The Britannia
For some wine lovers these terms are a ‘code’ – indicating specialness – surely grapes untainted by human interference produce the best wines.
For others they are an excuse to charge a lot of money for wines that are no different (or possibly worse) than their conventional counterparts.
Our light-hearted exploration of what these winemaking approaches actually mean will include a blind tasting of a couple of wines to see if we really can spot the difference!  But most importantly we should come away with an understanding of why we might keep or change our views about these increasingly promoted wine categories.

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Jun
3
Mon
Richmond Wine Society – Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines @ The Britannia
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines @ The Britannia
For some wine lovers these terms are a ‘code’ – indicating specialness – surely grapes untainted by human interference produce the best wines.
For others they are an excuse to charge a lot of money for wines that are no different (or possibly worse) than their conventional counterparts.
Our light-hearted exploration of what these winemaking approaches actually mean will include a blind tasting of a couple of wines to see if we really can spot the difference!  But most importantly we should come away with an understanding of why we might keep or change our views about these increasingly promoted wine categories.

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Jun
30
Sun
Richmond Wine Society – Chardonnay @ The Britannia
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Chardonnay @ The Britannia
Is ABC OOD?
Chardonnay, the grape variety of white Burgundy, with its amazing versatility and, to be frank, ease of cultivation, became the go-to variety for planting throughout the new world.  But its reputation became tarnished by a number of high alcohol, super-ripe, generously-oaked wines that for many were frankly “too much”, resulting in the ‘Anything But Chardonnay’ movement.
This event will show that this simplification is definitely ‘Out Of Date’.
Dedicated winemakers have been cultivating Chardonnay to restrain its natural exuberance, and using modern winemaking techniques that bring out its wonderful flavour palate.  We will taste brilliantly made wines from around the world, that showcase the balance, complexity and finesse that this much maligned grape is capable of.

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Jul
1
Mon
Richmond Wine Society – Chardonnay @ The Britannia
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Chardonnay @ The Britannia
Is ABC OOD?
Chardonnay, the grape variety of white Burgundy, with its amazing versatility and, to be frank, ease of cultivation, became the go-to variety for planting throughout the new world.  But its reputation became tarnished by a number of high alcohol, super-ripe, generously-oaked wines that for many were frankly “too much”, resulting in the ‘Anything But Chardonnay’ movement.
This event will show that this simplification is definitely ‘Out Of Date’.
Dedicated winemakers have been cultivating Chardonnay to restrain its natural exuberance, and using modern winemaking techniques that bring out its wonderful flavour palate.  We will taste brilliantly made wines from around the world, that showcase the balance, complexity and finesse that this much maligned grape is capable of.

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Jul
28
Sun
Richmond Wine Society – Loire Valley @ The Britannia
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Loire Valley @ The Britannia
Fresh from our wine tours to the Loire Valley, this will be a wonderful opportunity to explore the wonderful range of wines that this fabulous region has to offer.  Whites range from fresh Muscadets from the coast, through the amazing range of dry and sweet styles that Chenin Blanc produces, through to aromatic wines from Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.  Reds and rosés are made from Cabernet, Pinot Noir and other varieties, and of course we must not forget fizz!

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Jul
29
Mon
Richmond Wine Society – Loire Valley @ The Britannia
Jul 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Loire Valley @ The Britannia
Fresh from our wine tours to the Loire Valley, this will be a wonderful opportunity to explore the wonderful range of wines that this fabulous region has to offer.  Whites range from fresh Muscadets from the coast, through the amazing range of dry and sweet styles that Chenin Blanc produces, through to aromatic wines from Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.  Reds and rosés are made from Cabernet, Pinot Noir and other varieties, and of course we must not forget fizz!

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Sep
15
Sun
Richmond Wine Society – Medal Winners @ The Britannia
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Medal Winners @ The Britannia
We will be tasting top wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge and other competitions, with a focus primarily on GOLD, PLATINUM and BEST in SHOW wines.
Winning wines are awarded medals and trophies based on expert panels who taste a huge selection of wines blind.  The quality of wines we will taste is higher than ever, and this will be a truly memorable tasting.

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Sep
16
Mon
Richmond Wine Society – Medal Winners @ The Britannia
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Medal Winners @ The Britannia
We will be tasting top wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge and other competitions, with a focus primarily on GOLD, PLATINUM and BEST in SHOW wines.
Winning wines are awarded medals and trophies based on expert panels who taste a huge selection of wines blind.  The quality of wines we will taste is higher than ever, and this will be a truly memorable tasting.

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Oct
20
Sun
Richmond Wine Society – Rhone Valley @ The Britannia
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Rhone Valley @ The Britannia
Our Christmas Extravaganza is always an unmissable event in the RWS calendar. We take the opportunity to splash out on some top notch wines and explore some superb wines.
There is always something a bit unusual, eclectic, rare or expensive. Sometimes all four!

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Oct
21
Mon
Richmond Wine Society – Rhone Valley @ The Britannia
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Rhone Valley @ The Britannia
Our Christmas Extravaganza is always an unmissable event in the RWS calendar. We take the opportunity to splash out on some top notch wines and explore some superb wines.
There is always something a bit unusual, eclectic, rare or expensive. Sometimes all four!

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Nov
17
Sun
Richmond Wine Society – Christmas Extravaganza @ The Britannia
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Christmas Extravaganza @ The Britannia
The Rhone Valley provides a wealth of wine experiences.  Most famous are the reds of Hermitage and Châteauneuf du Pape, but there are superb white wines, gastronomic rosés and some fabulous sweeties to enjoy.

 

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Nov
18
Mon
Richmond Wine Society – Christmas Extravaganza @ The Britannia
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Christmas Extravaganza @ The Britannia
The Rhone Valley provides a wealth of wine experiences.  Most famous are the reds of Hermitage and Châteauneuf du Pape, but there are superb white wines, gastronomic rosés and some fabulous sweeties to enjoy.

 

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

Nov
19
Tue
Richmond Wine Society – Christmas Extravaganza @ The Britannia
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Richmond Wine Society - Christmas Extravaganza @ The Britannia
The Rhone Valley provides a wealth of wine experiences.  Most famous are the reds of Hermitage and Châteauneuf du Pape, but there are superb white wines, gastronomic rosés and some fabulous sweeties to enjoy.

 

Tim Syrad, who has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, runs Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies, which meet monthly.  Tim is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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."