Our next tasting is on Monday 16 February 2015
Bordeaux by halves with Paul Mapplebeck
Paul has been presenting at Charlemagne for many years, and this time brings his inimitable style, and cellar, to look at how Bordeaux fares in half bottles. Are the wines more approachable when younger? Paul will be bringing some well known names from a range of vintages to our attention, and as usual it should be fascinating.
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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!