Welcome to Andover Wine Friends

Janet and I founded this wine group in 2007 and – like a great bottle of wine – we have enjoyed every stage of its development.  Our aims are:

  • to taste wines that we would not necessarily buy in the first instance
  • to learn from them
  • to enjoy the company of others who love wine.  

IMG_4722_thumb.jpgYou don’t have to be an expert to join, you just need to like tasting wine and exploring new things.

We meet twice a month. The typical pattern is a tasting on a theme on the third Monday of the month and a fine wine supper (tasting on a focused theme + supper) on the first Saturday of the month.  A programme of forthcoming tastings is issued three times a year and you can ask to be booked into the tastings you want to attend. We keep the costs to the absolute minimum (£15-£20 an evening unless otherwise stated) as the focus is on exploring wine together.




Saturday 3 February: fine wine supper, £20

2015 vintage – 2015 was a great vintage in Europe and beyond. Here’s a chance to explore the wines 


Monday 19 February: tasting, £15

Bubbles in Italy: in addition to Prosecco, Italy is a source of top quality bottle-fermented sparkling wines, a real alternative to Champagne. The regions to know are Franciacorta and Trentodoc.   


Saturday 3 March: fine wine supper, £20

Tannic reds: Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo are two of the world’s greatest reds which share big tannins. But what about the other possibilities?   


Monday 19 March: tasting, £15  

Fine and fortified: somehow the worlds great fortified wines have fallen out of favour. Here’s a chance to re-engage with Port, Sherry, Madeira and more


Saturday 7 April: fine wine supper £15

Aromatic whites: do you know your Albariño from your Torrontes? Your Gewurz from your Muscat? Here a chance to taste across the category and see which varieties you really like.     


Saturday 5 May: fine wine supper £20

Blind wine tasting evening: challenging and fun

Every now and then we do a blind wine tasting event and its time to do it again.  Obviously I can’t tell you what we are tasting but these are always challenging and fun. Wines chosen by Rob Rushmer DipWSET.  


Monday 21 May: tasting, £15 

Spain in red, white and rosé

Spain is so much more than the classics of Rioja. Here’s a chance to try Mencia, Bobal and the like … and we might throw in a few Spanish-inspired wines too.  


Saturday 2 June: fine wine supper, £15 

Lighter reds

With a warming climate, better viticulture and a fashion for full-bodied reds, we are in danger of losing the delicacy and freshness of lighter red wines. But they are still there – if you seek them out.  Perfect early summer drinking. 




Contact me
If all this sounds interesting or you want to attend a tasting, email me or ring me on 07973 817 994.   New members are always welcome!
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