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Wine Tasting Group

In September, our group went on a visit to the Hanwell Wine Estate in Hickling Pastures, near Melton Mowbray.

Helenka, the vineyard owner gave us a very informative talk about the estate before we set off on a tour of the vineyard. We then returned to the tasting room, where we tasted six local wines.

The visit was enjoyed by us all, made special by Helenka, who is passionate about her job. She also runs craft workshops throughout the year and her café opens every Saturday; so we might return soon!!

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Renishaw Hall Vinyard Trip

In August our trip was to Renishaw Hall gardens and vineyard. Fourteen of us set off from Hucknall Marketplace in a mini bus and thank goodness it didn’t rain because our whole day was to be outside. On arrival we started our day in true U3A style with coffee and bacon/sausage cobs and then went through to the gardens. The gardens are impressive and we were agreed that they are worth visiting again, perhaps when the bluebells are out.
Of course the main purpose of our visit was to extend our knowledge of wine and we weren’t disappointed. At 2 o’clock we were collected by Kieron Atkinson, the owner of the vineyard. He leases the land from the Sitwell family, who are the owners of Renishaw Hall and Gardens. He introduced himself as a wine consultant and vine-grower and our two hours of education and entertainment began! He talked about growing vines, knowing when to pick the grapes etc. and then we had a tour of the vineyard.
It was really interesting to hear how his business has developed over the years and about his future plans for ‘glamping’ in the grounds. He offered us the opportunity of returning in a few weeks’ time to help with the grape harvest but we would have to pay him for the experience. A few of us were actually quite interested in doing it!
We tasted three wines in the vineyard itself, with Kieron showing us the correct way to do it. Apparently you don’t just drink wine you have to look at it, smell it and then sip it! Very tasty it was too; you would never imagine that wine produced so far north would be as good as this is.
He had us weighed up straight away and pitched his delivery perfectly to appeal to our sense of humour. He was a great salesman as well, his shop being the boot of his car on this occasion. We all bought a few bottles to take home.
Feeling hungry on our return to Hucknall, several of us visited Wetherspoons, it was ‘Curry Night’ after all. The perfect end to a brilliant day out.

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Wine Tasting Skills Improve

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After another successful year of tasting wine we would like to believe that we are now the experts in this field. However……… It won’t hurt to keep trying hard for another year, so as to perfect our skills even further!
So, we will recommence on Wednesday January 17th and it’s Sue Tedstone’s turn to try and educate us all!! Cheers.

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Wine Tasting in March

We had a wonderful evening in March, when we went to the Theatre Royal Third Stage. Over 100 people took part in a ‘Chilled Guitar with Wine Tasting’ Experience. Top chef Heston Blumenthal reckons that music can twist your taste buds! Initially we thought this was a bit of a con but the consensus is; it was a very relaxed evening of wine tasting and the laid back guitar playing from Thomas Fripp was phenomenal. His chilled set of jazz standards and popular ballads were the perfect accompaniment to our guided tasting of eight wines, courtesy of Majestic Wines. A first rate learning/social experience.
Also in March, Sue Tedstone and Marilyn Gretton attended the Notts Network of U3A Wine Tasting Group Leaders. Although a little bit out of our depth, to say the least, we learned a few things to take back to our group. The meeting was hosted by Carlton and Gedling U3A at The Richard Herrod Centre. We are now on their e-mail contact list for ‘useful information’!

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Wine Tasting in the New Year

Our next get together will be on Wednesday 20th January 2016, at Marilyn’s house.
Marilyn Gretton and Sue Tedstone

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