The programme for 2017 has yet to be finalised.

It is hoped that in addition to members' own presentations, we will be able to arrange tastings/presentations from wine retailers.

We will also be looking into the possibility of tastings based on audio/video presentations from U3A or other sources.

On Tuesday, 21 March, we enjoyed a special Wine Tasting in the Coffee Shop at Marks and Spencer Food Store in Matlock.


The group’s coordinator is Peter Hume who can be contacted by e-mail, by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 01629 823337.


Our programme for 2017 is:


17 January

The Studio, Audley St Elphins - Tasting of three wines produced from merlot grapes.

Nick and Jo Sibley, Peter and Val Singer.

21 March

We were invited to a Tasting of Marks and Spencer’ wines in The Coffee Shop, M&S Foodstore, Matlock. This was attended by 22 members of the Wine Group and a further 11 members of the wider MAU3A.  We had the pleasure of tasting four white wines from New Zealand, Japan and Georgia, followed by a Sancerre Rose and Reds from Portugal,Spain and Chile. 

16 May

On a glorious sunny evening, Keith and Janet Bailey entertained us on the Terrace at St Elphins with a Tasting of English Wines. Namely Denbies Surrey Gold, Waitrose English – The Limes selection, Chapel Down Flint Dry White and Renishaw Hall Sparkling White.

18 July

Pam and Peter Hume presented some lesser known wines produced from grapes not featured in lists of the most popular grapes. Three white wines from New York State, the mountains of Crete, high in the Castile region in Spain and reds from Uruguay and Italy. 

19 September

Californian wines were presented by Suzie Harrington – Kendall Jackson Reserve Chardonnay 2014; Jo Sibley – M&S Wave Break, a Zinfandel Composite Rose 2016;  Pam Hume – Apothic Red, WineMaker’s Blend 2015, Zinfandel,Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and Martin Cruttenden – Chronic Cellars, Purple Paradise 2015 Paso Robles. 100% Zinfandel grape.

21 November

John Dolan has kindly agreed to present some organic wines.

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