Who doesn't like a refreshing sauvignon blanc as a quaffing wine on a balmy evening (the chardonnnay lovers)?  Or a meaty merlot to accompany a meaty dish?  Or how about a trockenbeerenauslese to accompany a rich dessert? Does English sparkling wine (much produced locally) match champagne?

And what about gin?  Once it was a Gordon's and Schweppes, but with the explosion of new boutique gin distilleries, the choice is wide and varied from Ableforth's Bathtub Gin (which you can get in Navy Strength) through Hoxton Gin to Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin.  So which is your favourite mix of botanicals?

Our first meeting was a blind wine tasting held on 23rd May 2018 - see report and a list of wines tasted. The find of the day was the Black Horse Merlot  We then had a gin tasting evening on 28th June 2018, where the hardy members who attended sampled a total of 12 different gins and staggered home to tell the tales of Opihr Gin with cardamom seeds, some strange marmalde concotion, and more traditional dry gins, such as Brokers, Brighton and Hendricks.

Events will be placed in the calendar, and those who have signed up will be contacted in advance of each event. If you wish to be included in the tasting mailing list, or just wish to come to an event you have found on the calendar, please email hvstasting@gmail.com or drop a note at The Dog House, Hankham Street.

 All tasters, no matter how exeprienced or knowledgeable, are welcome. The aim is to have fun, find new wines and gins you would like to drink (or avoid) and to meet and chat with your neighbours.