Over 50 members and friends gathered at Castle Grove for a vinous evening of almost bacchanalian splendour arranged by the International Committee. The excuse was to call it a “wine bluff”.
Celebrity Bluffers (Sir) Peter Handley, (Professor) Kevin Grundey and (Dr) Monty Reid gave interesting, detailed and devious descriptions of the seven wines tasted. All 42 bottles were circumspectly covered by what may have once been Peter’s pyjamas, so their contents were hidden from prying eyes. (Thank you Barbara!) After an introduction on the art of tasting, participants glugged, gargled and searched for ‘legs’ and ‘noses’ with great interest.
The first part of the evening included Champagne and a premier cru Chablis (what less would you expect from R.C.Headingley?)…….wines which sadly eluded many members whose palettes had been jaded by a surfeit of supermarket plonk! After a welcome repast of pie and peas, the evening continued with a trio of red wines, whose subtleties were appreciated by the aficionados but sadly unrecognised by the rest of us!
In vino non veritas
The format of the evening was devised by Rtn Peter Haley who had spent a considerable time searching out appropriate and surprising wines for us to sample, along with excellent tasting notes to inform and deceive as appropriate. Unfortunately Peter was unable to be present with us as he had been recently hospitalised. We were delighted, though to welcome Barbara Haley and a visiting party of guests.
We are also very pleased that David Kirby headed a team that took on the task of running the event late on. Well done.
In addition to the wine and merry social interaction, the event raised £464.00 to be shared between the Sylvia Wright Trust and St George’s Crypt.