Events

Welcome to the West of England Events page. Here you will find out about tasting, trips and masterclasses held by the association.

If you would like to see a particular tasting then please contact :

Events Co-ordinator Mimi Avery on mimiavery@averys.com

Port Tasting with Christian Seely on 10th October

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

After last year’s successful and enjoyable tasting of Sherry by Hidalgo Javier jointly with the Bristol Tasting Circle, we shall be holding another joint tasting with BTC at 6.30pm on 10 October at the Clifton Club, the Mall, Clifton BS8 4DS.

This time we shall be tasting Port under the expert guidance of Christian Seely, Managing Director of AXA Millesimes, which owns the famous port wine estate of Quinta Do Noval in the Douro Valley. A wonderful opportunity to get your taste buds in gear for Christmas.

Cost will be £15 for Members and current Students (WoEWSA courses) and £20 for non-members.

To book your place and make payment via cheque or BACS contact Geoff Collins – email: geoffcollins123@btinternet.com

Cheques should be payable to West of England Wine and Spirit Association (or WoEWSA):

Send to: Geoff Collins, WOEWSA Treasurer, 162, Devizes Road, Hilperton, Wiltshire, BA14 7QS

Alternatively (and ideally) Bank transfer: Acc No 53890027, Sort Code 56 00 05, Account Name: West of England Wine and Spirit Association, Event Reference: Port

Riesling tasting at the Cowshed on 11th July

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

To celebrate Riesling Month, WEWSA will be hosting a promenade tasting at the Cowshed restaurant on Whiteladies Road from 6-7pm on Monday 11th July.

Walk around the different trade tables and sample Rieslings from both Germany and elsewhere. We currently have Avery’s, DBM, Matthew Clark and Corks of Cotham confirmed as attending.

BOOKING

Cost will be £5 for Members and current Students (WoEWSA courses) and £7.50 for non-members.

To book your place and make payment via cheque or BACS contact Geoff Collins – email: geoffcollins123@btinternet.com

Cheques payable to West of England Wine and Spirit Association (or WoEWSA):

Send to: Geoff Collins, WOEWSA Treasurer, 162, Devizes Road, Hilperton, Wiltshire, BA14 7QS

Bank transfer: Acc No 53890027, Sort Code 56 00 05, Account Name: West of England Wine and Spirit Association, Event Reference: Riesling

The Cowshed are offering an early bird post-tasting menu (main course and glass of wine) for £10. We need to know numbers for this – so please notify Geoff when you book – but orders and payment should be made directly to the restaurant on the day.

 

 

 

External events

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

There are a couple of upcoming wine events being run by The Wine Shop in Winscombe. Follow the links for details:
Celebrating World Wine day and English wine week http://www.thewinetastingco.com/celebrating-wine-wednesday-25th-may/

BRISTOL TASTING OF ENGLISH WINES FROM THE WEST COUNTRY on MAY 5TH

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

Following the resounding success of its first trade tasting last year, the SWVA  is holding a  trade tasting in Bristol on May 5th 2016 from 3pm to 5.30 pm  with a public tasting to follow. This year it will be part of the Bristol Food Connections event, and will be held at:

The Boardroom, Market Chambers, 20 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1UB

It’s hoped the tasting will encourage Bristol venues and trade outlets to look carefully at their wine list and to include some of the fantastic English wines being produced in their region and that the public tasting will help Bristol wine fans to know more about their excellent wines produced on their doorstep.

Details are – Trade Tasting 15.00 – 17.30

Consumer event 17.30 – 19.30 60 people, £12 per ticket for six tastes.

 

Participating vineyards are:

Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, Somerset

Dunleavy Vineyard, Wrington, North Somerset

Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash near Bridport, Dorset

Wraxall Vineyard, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard, Redhill, North Somerset

Smith & Evans, Aller, near Langport, Somerset

Camel Valley Vineyard, near Bodmin, Cornwall

Sutton Ridge Vineyard, Redhill, Somerset

 

A link to the poster for the public event is here.

http://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/fringe/wine-fair-west-comes-town/

 

Julia Trustam Eve who heads up English Wine Producers (EWP), the marketing body for English wine commented: “English wine is on the rise – in production, sales and consumer engagement. With demand from across the country we want to make English wines feature more prominently outside the South East heartland. Bristol is a fantastic market, with a thriving food and drink culture and therefore an ideal location for a trade event.

“This is a great opportunity for more of the trade and members of the public in the region to get to know English wine.”

“Last year the SWVA held a fantastic consumer event in Bristol which attracted over 100 from the local wine trade and received some great feedback”..

 

English wines continue to gain popularity across the trade, from high street retailers to high end restaurants. The industry itself is growing; the area of vineyards in the UK has doubled in the last seven years and now stands at more than 4,900 acres, or 2,000 hectares.

 

The event is being produced by The SWVA in collaboration with Bristol Food Connections and “The Boardroom”.

The SWVA will also be running a similar event in Exeter later in the year that will feature morel Devon and Cornwall vineyards. Details to folow.

The SWVA is a region of the UKVA representing vineyards in the south west of England and the Welsh borders.

WEWSA 49th Annual Luncheon

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

We had a great turnout of 118 for this year’s Annual Luncheon, held at Bordeaux Quay.  We invited speakers from the WSET, WSTA and The Benevolent with guest speaker Bishop Mike Hill of Bristol who was very entertaining. This year the raffle and guess the vintage port raised £1,320.00 which was an absolutely brilliant achievement and thank you all for being so generous. We made  this up to £2,000.00 and a cheque was presented to, David Cox, Chief Executive for the Benevolent. 

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This year we had 3 special Awards to present, two John Avery Awards for the best candidate with the best mark in the Level 4 Diploma and the Bernard Ryan Award for the best candidate with the best mark in Level 3. We thought it would be very special if someone from the Avery family were there to present the awards , with both Mimi and mum in New Zealand we were very pleased to welcome Mimi’s sister, Jo Avery.

The winner of the John Avery 2014 award went to April Marks from Regency Wines.

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The winner of the John Avery 2015 award went to Soo – Jin Hwang Coundret.  Soo- Jin lives in France and flew to Bristol to collect her award.

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The Bernard Ryan award for Level 3 went to Hannah Garner from Proven Communication.

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We celebrated a special birthday and congratulated John Moran on being a very youthful 80 and presented John with a homemade birthday cake. John Moran’s father, Bertie, was the first Chairman of our Association in 1966.

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Thank you to our sponsors for providing the wine – Wadworth Brewery, Fine Wines Direct, Chapel Down, Commanderie de Bordeaux and to Mathew Clark for providing the port and printing the menus. Thank you also to John Moran, Christopher Fielden, David Cox and Commanderie de Bordeaux for their generous raffle prizes.

Finally, I would like to say thank you for your support, which has been very much appreciated and hope to see you next year.

David Scratchley, Deputy Chairman.