Central London Wine Society

Venue: The Civil Service Club, 15 Great Scotland Yard, SW1
Meetings: Start at 6pm on most Wednesdays
Contact:Ian McLaren ian.mclaren@ukwineclub.org.uk
Paul Mapplebeck Tel 020 8866 9314
Monthly e-mail newsletter: clws-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk
Membership: Open to all
Membership Fee: None
Approximate Cost of Events:Standard £18-25; Special £35-40; Dinner £35
Typical Attendance: 20

Club Information


There is a meeting most Wednesday evenings, which is open to all-comers (assuming there is space available. We have no formal membership system, but we keep records of contact details so that we can inform you of any last minute changes. There is a weekly e-mail newsletter if you care to subscribe – ian.mclaren@ukwineclub.co.uk.

On the first Wednesday of the month we may have meetings at the Civil Service Club, or at Shire Capital Partners, 23rd floor, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY. These latter ‘City’ meetings start at 6.30pm, include some food, and must be pre-booked with payment of £25. You must bring photo-ID. Contact ian.mclaren@ukwineclub.org.uk to book.

Paul Mapplebeck usually holds his Special Tastings on the second Wednesday. These normally cost £40, and you must book and pay in advance: call him on 020 8866 9314. Individual wines for these tastings would often cost several hundred pounds if you could buy them. Bread and cheese are included.

The third Wednesday of the month is a Wine and Dine, usually in the Club Dining Room. The price of a three course meal is very low, so the total bill is rarely much over £30. We pay on the night, depending on numbers attending.

The other Wednesdays are devoted to Members’ Meetings. Volunteers bring 8-10 wines and a theme (as for the other nights). There is no food provided, but you can eat in the Dining Room beforehand, or order snacks from the bar. We aim for a cost of about £20 a head, but the exact amount will be worked out on the night. Book with Paul or Ian.

Wines for the Special St Julien Tasting

The Society is unusual in discussing the wines person-by-person (except Wine & Wine evenings). Joining in the discussion is, of course, optional, and we keep the sessions friendly and fun. The wines are narked by each taster on the scale of 1 (faulty) to 7 (wonderful) and the average calculated at the end of the evening from a show of hands.
New presenters are welcome, and we will help you to design an evening and source the wines. The programmes for each half year are put together about five months ahead, with the first half programme being published in October and the second half In April.

A Tasting of South American Wines

 

 


Programme 2018-19
Date
Subject
Presenter
 
2018
 
Wed 7 Nov City – Burgundy £25 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 14 Nov SPECIAL – Dom de Vieux-Télégraph, Chateauneuf-du-Pape £40 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 21 Nov WINE & DINE – De Bortoli Wines of Australia Ian McLaren
Wed 28 Nov Catena Zapata of Argentina Ian McLaren
Wed 5 Dec SPECIAL – Grahams Port back to 1955 £40 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 12 Dec Christmas Party
 
2019
Wed 9 Jan SPECIAL – 20 th Century Claret Part Two £45 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 16Jan WINE & DINE – Argentina Ian McLaren
Wed 23 Jan Paul & Joyce’s Choices of 2018 The Mapplebecks
Wed 30 Jan Beasts from the East Jilly Griffin & Sheila Page
Wed 6 Feb NO MEETING – Paul at NatWest
Wed 13 Feb SPECIAL – Jim Barry £45 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 20 Feb WINE & DINE – Regional France Gary White
Wed 27 Feb Virginia Ian McLaren
Wed 6 Mar City – Mature Sweet Wines £25 Dr Bernard Lamb
Wed 13 Mar SPECIAL – New & Mature France and Amon-Ra £45 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 20 Mar WINE & DINE – Alpine Wines Ian McLaren
Wed 27 Mar From the Back of the Cupboard Duncan Budd
Wed 3 Apr City – Cellar Stars £25 Chris Smith
Wed 10 Apr SPECIAL – St Estephe including 1990 Ch Montrose £45 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 17 Apr WINE & DINE – Spain Ian McLaren
Wed 24 Apr Chinese Wines Wang Chong
Wed 1 May City – Recent Bordeaux £25 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 8 May SPECIAL – Red Burgundy £45 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 15 May WINE & DINE – Chile Ian McLaren
Wed 22 May Alsace Olivier Zeyssolff
Wed 29 May Burgundy Gary White
Wed 5 Jun City – Bordeaux Blind Part Two £25 Barrie Austin
Wed 12 Jun SPECIAL – St Emilion £45 Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 19 Jun WINE & DINE – Australia Paul Mapplebeck
Wed 26 Jun Hemel en Aarde, Cool South Africa Ian McLaren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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