New ideas in TASTing

Chris Wilson March 2019


once a month we come together to taste things!
Mainly food and wine, but forays into spirits , soft drinks (hot and cold) and the occasional dessert are all distinct possibilities over the coming months

£20 members
£25 non-members

membership is for the year and also gets you members specials from Giles at Southdowns Cellars throughout the year and 10% off alcohol purchases at the purple carrot.



We've been having a go at this tasting lark for a while now and had many great evenings over the past 8 or so years

When the time is right we will run wine wars 3 - the first two were both won by Australia with differing criteria each year - Germany made one final (knocking out England on the way no surprise there then!)

Other forays have included new world, old world and emerging vines, whiskey from around the world, many Gins with tonic and more, dessert wines and others that are forgotten in the warm fuggy haze.


To look out for this year

  • Asian drinks - the clamour is defening

  • Red, Amber, Green - how to get back into drinking post Covid

  • Spit or Swallow - Ales & Bitter

  • more bubbles Patsie?


Recent news

Watch out 2020 - pah - if ever there were a bold statement well made that came and bit you hard on the backside...I feel that could be it.


Our December tasting, as we enjoy the pleasures of tier two tyranny will try and cram it all in, without cramming you all in to our COVID ready ovens, for festive fun and jocular joviality.

Scrumptious winter delights on the food table, with wines for festive sharing, and chesses for that Wa-ffer thin last morsel of deliciousness - don't leave it to long to book - you will be disappointed to miss out

Watch Out 2020

CW -Nov19


Back next year after a two year hiatus we get our competitive juices following with not one but two wine wars competitions. Grape of the year and taster of the year! completely subjective and open to abuse and favouritism stare on in facination as grape varieties go head to head and tasters gurgle and spit their way to star taster status
More details soon. First tasting - the birthday bring it on Friday 24 January 2020