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Wine Tasting Evening

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There have been several wine tasting events at the village hall over recent years, but on Friday 18th May the village hall hosted a wine tasting event with a real difference.

Instead of a visiting trained wine professional, we got a wholly home-grown affair with Steve and Susan Broughton sharing their great knowledge of wines and providing a splendid antipasti style supper that complemented the eight wines introduced during the course of a very enjoyable evening. 

The evening began with a Crémant de Loire - the more than acceptable alternative to Prosecco - and finished with an Amarone Classico Vigneti di Roccolo, the most expensive wine of the evening. However, demonstrating that good wine isn't necessarily expensive, Steve also introduced us to an outstanding red wine - a Spanish Gran Reserva Valdepeñas from Aldi at under £5.

Steve, a self-confessed amateur, introduced each wine with an intimate and seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge and a passion for the subject and he and Susan had balanced perfectly the food courses to go with each wine selection.

The whole evening was a really good opportunity to mingle with friends and neighbours in a convivial gathering with superb hosts.

Debbie Lewis-Green
Philip Hewitson

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