"Home Entertainment"

International Chardonnay Day, Thursday 21st May.

 Michael Brajkovich MW of New Zealand's legendary Kumeu River, a presentation  on The Wine Society website.  Register interest for live feed or look at The Wine Society's YouTube channel later.




Wine Story Competition  (NOTE, deadline extended to 30th June)


We all seem to have a lot of time on our hands at the moment. What better way to while away a few hours than to reminisce about our favourite tipple!


As in:

What is the story behind your favourite wine? 

When and where did you discover it?

Why do you like it? 


And optionally:

Which foods / nibbles do you most like with it, if applicable?

A photo of you enjoying the wine, if available.

How could people buy it (presently this is restricted to online / telephone order but the ‘normal’ routes could be mentioned)?


Entry Instructions

The requested story length is up to 4-500 words, no longer please.


Entries with your name(s) on Word doc (photo as jpeg) to be e-mailed to: chriskholding@gmail.com and headed ‘WWS COMPETITION ENTRY’ please. You must indicate if you wish your entry to be acknowledged as received.


The entry deadline is Tuesday 30th June (we aim to provide a brief summary of entry numbers and variety on Wed 3rd June, either by e-mail or on the WWS website).


N.B Anyone with IT queries please consult Peter Hampton (pg.hampton@btinternet.com). If you are still struggling after that, please let me know directly so arrangements can be made to acquire your entry in time.


Prize Categories

Men (2 prizes)

Women (2 prizes)

Humour (1 prize)


There will be a Winner and a Runner Up prize awarded in both a Men’s category and a Women’s category for the best overall stories in terms of quality (think Booker Prize!). 


A fifth additional Corker! prize will be awarded for the funniest backstory you can present (Clue: How would we know if it happened or not!) 



1 .You can submit your entries either singly or jointly (whereby the first named person will determine the appropriate category in each case).

2. You can enter more than one category.



Please note that by entering the Wine Story Competition you agree to all five winning entries being uploaded to the WWS website for open access around the first week of July, or sooner if that is decided upon by the Organiser. Secondly, depending on the number of entries, all of them could subsequently be collated into a printable pdf booklet which may also be uploaded to the WWS website for open access. Further, the Society reserves the right to use winning entries for publicity purposes (which are primarily to attract new Members). Lastly, if you do not want your name to be publicised with your story after the competition prizegiving, please indicate this at time of Entry.


Any queries arising should be e-mailed to me directly please.





“Good luck and get writing!”



Best regards


Chris Holding

Competition Organiser

WWS Secretary


Spring 2020.

Taking note of self-isolation and social distancing procedures, the WWS committee thought it might be appropriate to offer some wine-related entertainment to those who find themselves confined to their homes.

Accordingly, in the first instance, we have made available some of our past quizzes (and answer sheets), which you can access by clicking on the links below.  The files are stored in our Google drive area and are mostly Word docs or JPEG files. You can download and print them if you find that more convenient.

We will endeavour to find and make available further wine-related activities and put links on this page for those interested. (For example, The Wine Society is running some online tastings, seminars, etc.).

We will also work on further wine quizzes of our own and upload these when we can.


In the meantime, stay safe, keep tasting, and we hope to see you soon - whenever the next meeting may be.




2012, Grape search.

Quiz Sheet.        Quiz answers.             Solution sheet.


2016, Christmas Quiz.

Grapefinder wordsearch.


2017, Summer Quiz

"9 by 9 by wine"


2017, Christmas Quiz.

Odd one out quiz.         Odd one out answers.


2018, Summer quiz.

Picture quiz.           Picture quiz answer sheet.


2019, Summer quiz.

Cryptic questions.           Cryptic Answer sheet.


2019, Christmas quiz.

Hidden words quiz.        Hidden words answer sheet.





Wine quizzes - a good selection!




Some helpful online videos


Guide to wine tasting - video


Tastings at home


Guide to home wine tasting under lockdown


This week Marcel compares and contrasts two distinctly different styles of grenache from the southern Rhône and the Roussillon. If you happen to have any such bottles at home and any left over after your meal, you may just find this grape is not a bad match for chocolate!

Watch the video


Let the Easter indulgence continue by joining this Thursday's virtual tasting - we're trying sweet and fortified wines and matching them with cheese!



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