Wine Clubs and Societies

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  [The Bin Club]

  [CECWINE]   [Connoisseur]   [Cornwall Wine Group]  [Delhi Wine Club]

  [International Wine & Food Society]

  [The Emilio Lustau Almacenista Sherry Club]

  [Lay & Wheeler Wine Discovery Club]

  [London Wine Meetup]   [Mystere Wine Club]   [North Hampshire Wine Society]

  [Oxford University Wine Circle]   [Oxford University Wine Society]

  [Penfolds Privilege Club]   [Ribble Valley Wine Club]

  [Teignbridge Wine Society]   [Tulleeho]

  [The Mercian Wine Circle]   [Weald Wine Society]

  [Winchester Wine Appreciation Society]   [Bin Ends]   [The Wine Society of India]

The Bin Club

Lay and Wheeler Group Ltd

Holton St Mary

Suffolk

CO7 6NN

Tel: 0845 330 4085

Website: www.laywheeler.com

Email: binclub@laywheeler.com

A first-class service for private individuals, The Bin Club today holds approximately half a million bottles of wine on behalf of our 2,000 worldwide Members. Build up a cellar of fine wine at your own financial pace through easy monthly contributions. Friendly, professional advice is always available from your own dedicated Wine Consultant.

Whether you opt for ‘Classic’ membership, where wines are purchased for you, or choose ‘Explorer’ membership, where you make your own selections from our offers, in a surprisingly short time you will create a personal cellar of wines to savour when fully mature.

Our secure and interactive website allows 24 hour access to your portfolio.

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CECWINE

Institute of Civil Engineers

One Great George Street

Westminster

London

SW1P 3AA

Website: www.cecwine.co.uk

Email: tastings@cecwine.co.uk

CECWINE, London’s Premier Wine Tasting Club, holds regular wine tastings at Westminster. Our past tastings have featured many of the world’s rarest and finest wines including Pol Roger 1921, Mouton Rothschild 1966 and Las Cases 1953. Forthcoming events include 1982 Bordeaux Horizontal Tasting, 1988 Imperiale Tasting, and Fine Wine Lunches at top flight restaurants in London. For more information, please visit www.cecwine.co.uk.

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Connoisseur

10 Wedderburn Rd

London

NW3 5QG

Tel: +44 (0)20 73282448

Fax: +44 (0)207 6819905

Website: www.connoisseur.org

Email: margaret@connoisseur.org

We developed our One day Saturday, Introductory, Intermediate and special tastings to broaden your knowledge, boost your confidence, find out your personal wine preferences and make wine friends.

The courses are run in Central London, in small groups of 18 -20. They are relaxed, informal, interactive and fun but at the same time informative.

Experienced, well travelled, professional lecturers are passionate about wine and are currently involved in the wine trade.

We can also organise tailor-made courses or tastings for a group of friends or corporates. You can also purchase gift vouchers for our events.

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Cornwall Wine Tasting Group

Contact: Tim Holway (Secretary)

Email: cornwallwine@tesco.net

Website: www.cornwallwine.org.uk

The CWTG meets each month, usually in the Hall for Cornwall, Truro, to taste wines and talk about them. We’re a long established group with a constantly evolving membership; new members are always welcome. Enthusiasm for wine is important, previous experience of wine tasting is not (although some of our members know a lot). Our annual programme involves themed tastings, occasional outside speakers and visits, social gatherings and more specialised fine wine tastings.

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Delhi Wine Club

Subhash Arora

247, FF, East of Kailash

Sant Nager, Delhi – 65

India

Tel: 9111-51622892

Fax: 9111-26438755

Website: www.delhiwineclub.com

Email: arora@delhiwineclub.com

The club, founded in 2002 to promote wine culture and awareness through education is a premier wine club of India. It has a membership of over 170 carefully selected persons who enjoy wine with the desire to learn. About twenty events are organized yearly.

Traditionally, five different wines are paired with 5-course meals at each dinner. Accent is on different cuisines, wine variety and enjoying wine and learning a little. Cheese and wine evenings and serious wine tastings are organized occasionally. Wine is the only beverage served.

We disseminate information about the wine scenario in India through our website published since the club inception. It is updated regularly with our events and India-centric wine information. We organize trips to vineyards and wine shows in India and overseas. Our credo: Enjoy wine, better wine, different wines.

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International Wine & Food Society

The Secretariat

9 Fitzmaurice Place

Berkley Square

London W1J 5JD

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7495 4191

Fax: +44 (0)20 7495 4172

Website: www.iwfs.org

Email: sec@iwfs.org

Founded in 1933, and with about 140 branches in 30 countries, the IWFS is described by The Oxford Companion to Wine as “The oldest and most cosmopolitan of the gastronomic societies for consumers rather than professionals … Now much imitated.” At the heart of the Society are the frequent activities organized by its branches, of which there are three in London alone. The IWFS holds festivals every year in different parts of the world.

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The Lay & Wheeler Wine Discovery Club

Wine Discovery Club

Lay and Wheeler Group Ltd

Holton St Mary

Suffolk

CO7 6NN

Tel: 0845 330 1855

Website: www.laywheeler.com

Email: discoveryclub@laywheeler.com

Lay & Wheeler Fine Wine Merchants answer to your everyday drinking wine needs. Wines selected by experts from different regions and countries; wines to enjoy with meals or on their own. All wines offering exceptional value for money, with an average bottle price of around £6.

The Lay & Wheeler Wine Discovery Club has been designed especially to meet the requirements of busy people who crave variety and convenience.

Benefits include:

  • Exclusive extra-value case offers to members
  • No membership or administrative charges whatsoever
  • Four selections per year
  • Tasting notes supplied free with every Wine Discovery Club case
  • Recipe suggestions included (Wine to Dine for)
  • As a special benefit to members only, single cases (12 bottles) will incur no delivery charges*

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  • London Wine Meetup

    Address/Venue: Changes frequently

    Tel: n/a

    Email: via the Meetup website

    Website: wine.meetup.com/35/

    Come share your passion for wine with other wine enthusiasts – old, young, novice or expert, the London Wine Meetup Group is for everyone!

    Until otherwise, we meet every second Tuesday at London’s oldest wine bar – Gordon’s.

    No agenda, no attitudes, just wine, nibbles and good times.

    There is no formal fee to be a participate in the London Wine Meetup group’s events, but I do ask that a small donation is made to cover the $9/month fee now charged by Meetup.com for the online tools they provide to manage groups.

    See you there!

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    Mystere Wine Club

    Contact: Chris Beech

    122 Cefn Road

    Rogerstone

    Newport, NP10 9EX

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1633 893485

    Website: mysite.freeserve.com/Mystere/index.html

    Email: chris_beech@ntlworld.com

    Mystere Wine Club has been a wine tasting club in the Cardiff area for the past 20 years. It is a grouping of wine enthusiasts and has no commercial connections. We aim to present rare and interesting wines and explore new wine regions. We welcome new members.

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    North Hampshire Wine Society

    Contact: Derek J Avery

    Tel: +44 (0)1256 321794

    Website: www.north-hampshire-wine-society.org.uk

    Email: derekjavery@btopenworld.com

    The North Hampshire Wine Society is a friendly and informal group of wine enthusiasts and is based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. We were formed in 1979 and meet in one of the town’s oldest buildings on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7.45pm for an 8.00pm start. Most evenings a guest speaker, who may be a wine merchant, an enthusiast or one of our own members, extols the virtues of a region, a grape variety, a producer or some other wine related theme. There is no pressure to purchase any wine but a small charge, approx. £12, is made to cover costs; speaker, wines, room, etc. We have a broad range of ages so you won’t feel out of place. If you have an interest in wine and live in the area, why not give us a try? You will be sure of a warm welcome.

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    Oxford University Wine Circle

    Contact: Thomas Bromwich

    Trinity College

    Broad Street

    Oxford, OX1 3BH

    United Kingdom

    Website: www.ouwc.co.uk

    Email: thomas.bromwich@tri.ox.ac.uk

    OUWC is Oxford University’s original and most prestigious wine tasting society and is dedicated to educating its members about the appreciation of fine wine and the art of blind-tasting. We take part in the annual varstiy wine tasting match sponsored by Pol Roger champagne which we have won for the last six years and in July beat Paris’ Science Politique in the first international blind tasting match.

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    Oxford University Wine Society

    Contact: J.E.F. Fitzgerald

    Magdalen College

    Oxford

    OX1 4AU

    Tel:  +44 (0) 7801 480594

    Fax: +44 (0) 8701 692097

    Website: www.oxfordwinesociety.org

    Email: edward.fitzgerald@oxfordwinesociety.org

    OUWS is one of the largest and most sociable societies at Oxford. Our

    mission is simply to promote the discovery and enjoyment of wine by all.

    Through weekly tastings, themed dinners and regular beginner’s classes we

    offer members a unique opportunity to learn from world famous wine makers

    and visiting experts. From supermarket wines to Grand Cru Classé, we aim

    to cater for – and educate – all our members, whatever their level of

    interest.

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    Penfolds Privilege Club

    PO Box 300

    Twickenham

    Middlesex

    TW2 5BJ

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)845 070 3311

    Website: www.penfoldsprivilegeclub.com

    Email: enquiries@penfoldsprivilegeclub.com

    As you may know, Penfolds is an Australian wine company, which is particularly well-known for its Super Premium wines such as the world famous Penfolds Grange. Penfolds Privilege Club is designed specifically for wine lovers. It offers members regular newsletters, invitations to dinners, tastings and other special events plus exclusive access to Penfolds rarely available wines and special bin ends.

    If you would like to join Penfolds Privilege Club, please visit www.penfoldsprivilegeclub.com.

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    Ribble Valley Wine Club

    Badger Gate

    Pendle View

    Brockhall Village

    Blackburn BB6 8AT

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1254 247 496

    Fax: +44 (0)1254 247 282

    Email: wineman@talk21.com

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    Teignbridge Wine Society

    Chairman: Brian Williams

    New Haven, 22 Gorway

    Teignmouth

    Devon TQ14 8PX

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 01626 777104

    Email: gorway@msn.com

    Teignbridge Wine Society meets on the last Thursday of every month to taste, judge and discuss commercial wine. Regular wine tutors attend to increase our knowledge of wines of the world. We also organise vineyard visits and tours. Membership £10 p.a. plus tasting fee.

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    The Mercian Wine Circle

    75 Grove Lane

    Harborne

    Birmingham

    West Midlands

    B17 0QT

    Tel: +44 (0)121 427 4646

    Email: platpeeps@yahoo.co.uk

    The Mercian Wine Circle is a private tasting group, established some 20 years ago, in the Birmingham/West Midlands are, amongst finalists of an annual wine tasting competition held by the Birmingham Post. The chairman (and also founder member) also now happens to be the wine writer for the “Birmingham Post”.

    The group meets monthly throughout the year in members’ homes, and over the past 12 months, we have excelled ourselves with some stunning tastings put on by our members. THese include Vintage Ports, Sherries, Rose Champagne, 1985 clarets, as well as unusual areas such as Portuguese table wines. The requirement for membership is an enthusiasm for wine and a willingness to attend on a regular basis, as our group is limited to 15 persons at any one evening.

    Whilst we are all serious about our wine, there is a wide range of knowledge and tasting abilities, newcomers who share this enthusiasm will always be welcome.

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    Tulleeho

    Vikram Achanta

    C-9/9386, Vasant Kunj

    New Delhi

    India

    Tel: : +91 (0)11 26124568

    Fax: : +91 (0)11 26138798

    Email: tulleeho@tulleeho.com

    Website: www.tulleeho.com

    Tulleeho offers a variety of training courses around the area of the appreciation of alcoholic beverages for individuals, corporates and food and beverage professionals. Courses offered cover wine appreciation, cocktail making and Scotch and Single Malt appreciation. Our faculty is the best in the country, and includes mixology experts, sommeliers and expert bartenders. We also are pioneers in the field of Wine Tourism offering package tours to Indian wine country.

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    Weald Wine Society

    Venue: Grange Moor Hotel, St. Michael’s Road, Maidstone, Kent

    When: every second Tuesday of the month (other than when outings have been organised)

    Email: wealdwinesociety@yahoo.co.uk

    The Weald Wine Society was formed 25 years ago. Monthly talks and tastings presented by professionals and knowledgeable amateurs provide enjoyable evenings where the fascinating world of wine is explored. Visits and outings take place throughout the year. We are a friendly group and welcome newcomers.

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    Winchester Wine Appreciation Society

    Contact: Philip Evins

    14 Kerrfield

    Winchester

    Hants SO22 5EX

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1962 866355

    Fax: +44 (0)1962 866318

    Website: www.wwas.org.uk

    Email: philip@kerrfield.com

    The premier wine society in Hampshire, WWAS has been running for over 20 years.

    Regular tastings and educational sessions are held in the Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Winchester.

    The program speakers include MWs, quality merchants, wine makers and vineyard owners from around the world, plus, dinners and other events.

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    The Emilio Lustau Almacenista Sherry Club

    Contact: Ann Stewart

    The Emilio Lustau Almacenista Sherry Club

    UK Office

    Tucking Mill

    Midford

    Bath

    BA2 7DB

    UK

    Tel: +44(0)1225 466872

    Fax: +44(0)1225 832424

    Website: www.emilio-lustau.com

    Email: club@emilio-lustau.com

    The Almacenista Club is the brainchild of Luis Caballero, Chairman of the House of Emilio Lustau, the premium sherry producer in Jerez. He wanted to bring together like-minded individuals who shared his love of his very, very fine sherries.

    ‘Nectar from Jerez, very very well worth seeking’ – Julian Jeffs, Decanter

    ‘Very special – I think this is to basic sherry what your langoustines are to fish fingers’ – Jancis Robinson

    The Emilio Lustau Sherry Club offers a range of benefits to members:

    Subsidised visits to the bodegas

    Quarterly newsletters

    Special events

    Subsidised annual trip to Jerez

    Opportunity to buy Lustau sherries

    Gold membership offers even more – a unique sample pack of 6 half bottles with total benefits of £80 for a membership cost of £50 and the opportunity to buy the most specialist sherries.

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    The Wine Society of India

    The Wine Society of India

    1407 Maker Chambers V

    Nariman Point

    Mumbai 400 021

    India

    Tel:  +91 (22) 4345 9100

    Website: www.thewinesocietyofindia.com

    Email: memberservices@thewinesocietyofindia.com

    The Wine Society of India aims to provide information and education about wine and wine appreciation through specialised programmes, the organisation of wine tastings, and the supply of exceptional quality wines at modest prices chosen by our Board of Wine Advisors from all over the world. Wines are sold and supplied directly to home via local licensed retailers to the members of the Four Seasons Wine Discoveries programme, in temperature-controlled conditions.

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    Bin Ends

    Contact: Clive Platman

    Edgbaston

    Birmingham, UK

    Website: www.birminghamplus.com/binends

    Email: info@clives-wines.com

    Bin Ends is a fun wine-tasting group, who meet on a monthly basis in Edgbaston, Birmingham. The tasting schedule is varied, and in recent months has included: Bordeaux, South Africa, Italy and Southern France. In addition to monthly tastings the group holds two social events a year – a fine wine dinner in January, and a barbecue in July.

    The evenings are presented by the Birmingham Post wine writer Clive Platman, and the cost of entry is set at £10 per head. At present, we have between 15 and 20 regular attendees and new members are always welcome. All that is required is a curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about wine.

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