Our next tasting is on Monday 17 March 2014
Southwest France with Brett Jones, the Wine Maestro
Spreading South from Bordeaux lies the wine region we call Southwest France, but it
isnít actually a single region, rather it is a mosaic of many smaller wine regions.
Itís a region that many Britons visit each year for their dose of warm sunshine and
to sample the tasty local produce.
Bergerac, Cahors, Madiran, Jurancon will be names familiar to many but others like
Gaillac, Irouleguy and Gers may be less so. Brett Jones is an enthusiastic and
frequent visitor to the area and will be offering wines in a variety of styles, from
interesting grape varieties, which feel like classic French wines, but with their
Brett, the Wine Maestro, has spent over forty years learning about, working with,
teaching others about, and Ė naturally Ė enjoying wine. His initial interest was
kindled during training at the Swiss Hotel School in Lausanne in the 1960s. After
further experience in a number of top European hotels, he opened a wine bar and
bistro in Billericay, in 1976. Here he organised regular wine tastings, both in the
wine bar and at customer venues. The growing interest prompted the formation of his
wine club which has now been running for fourteen years. 26 years on, he has sold
the business to concentrate on lecturing, running wine tastings and the wine club.
Brett is a member of the Association of Wine Educators and a recommended tutor for
the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. He is also a member of the Circle of Wine
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WHERE WE MEET
Charlemagne meetings are held at
The Forester, 2 Leighton Road, London W13 9EP
The Forester is by the junction of Northfield Avenue and Leighton Road, 400 yards south of the Uxbridge Road.
Charlemagne Wine Club was founded in 1974 by a Mr Rogers who ran a wine business in Pitshanger Lane and had a particular interest in Burgundian wines. Charlemagne the Great was King of Burgundy - hence the Club's name. Please read John Ducker's historical appreciation of our club.
for the whole story.
Charlemagne members share a common interest in learning about and tasting fine wines. All levels of knowledge and experience are represented. It helps if you can tell the difference between chardonnay and cabernet franc - but if you don't, you will learn!
Our professionally tutored programme includes both the popular and 'classic' regions of the wine world. Our tastings present an opportunity to try wines which you might not normally imbibe (lesser known wines not to be found in the average supermarket, or because they are too pricey for ordinary drinking, and so on).
Meetings are normally held on the third Monday of the month (except August) and typically cost £20.
Bookings and Cancellations
We try to organise bookings for Charlemagne so that everyone has a fair chance to attend.
Dates of meetings are publicised up to a year in advance, in newsletters and on the website. We accept bookings only after the monthly newsletter
has been sent out. Paper copies of the newsletter are mailed out two to three weeks ahead of the meeting, and email notification four days later
(keeping things fair, to allow for "snailmail" delays). Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Email bookings will be
confirmed by email, but we don't send out any tickets.
Once a meeting is fully booked, we run a waiting list. If you book but then will be unable to come, please do contact us. If you let us know by
Thursday of the week before the meeting, you won't be charged. After that, unless we can reassign your booking to a wait-list member, you should
expect to pay. Again, all email cancellations will be acknowledged.
You can attempt last minute bookings and cancellations by telephone to the number in the newsletter - please do not rely on e-mail for these unless you receive a confirmation email.
Remember, Charlemagne is a purely voluntary organisation, so we need to organise things simply for the committee's sake!