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 2 September: fine wine supper, £15

Josmeyer, star of Alsace – a chance to taste the top wines from the Josmeyer estate 


Monday 18 September: tasting, £15

High grade Greeks: vinous revolution in Greece 


Saturday 7 October: fine wine supper, £15

Sancerre and surroundings: great Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire and a couple of surprises 


Monday 23 October: tasting, £15  

Mornington Peninsula: cool winemaking in cool-climate Australia

We rightly think of Australia as a warm to hot climate but proximity to the ocean or altitude can make for great cool-climate wine growing places. Here we explore the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and cool-climate Shiraz in trendy Mornington Peninsula and beyond.


Saturday 4 November

10th anniversary celebration (£25)

Andover Wine Friends is ten years old!  This will be a very special tasting and supper, celebrating our landmark and looking forward to the next decade.  Theme: traditional v modern wine making in Champagne, Rioja and the South of France.   


Monday 20 November: tasting  

Tempranillo in Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toro and on its travels (£20)

The Tempranillo variety originates in Spain and has starred in Rioja, Ribera and Toro. It is now being planted around the world – rapidly. Plantings of it increased the most of any variety in the world in the decade to 2010. Great red wines with red fruit and savoury depth …


Saturday 9 December: fine wine supper 

Blind wine tasting evening: challenging and fun (£20)

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 18 December: tasting, £15 

Celebrating the exceptional German vintage of 2016

With its northerly situation, German harvests can vary in quality. 2016 was exceptional due a heat wave in September and a beautiful October. Come and try the results – dry and fruity/off-dry, mostly white and the first of the reds too! Crisp pre-Christmas refreshment.




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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