Sussex Wine Appreciation Society

Come and join us! We always welcome new members. Our regular evening get-togethers are a great way to learn about and enjoy all aspects of wine in convivial settings in the Brighton/Worthing area

SWAS was established 44 years ago and has evolved over the years. We are an eclectic assortment of like-minded folk who all enjoy good company and good wines. We try to meet on the first Saturday of each month in the comfort of members' homes in the Brighton/Worthing area to taste good wines and share good food. No one is ever obliged to host a tasting and you can attend only those evenings that you would like to. Current annual membership is just £3.00 for an individual and £5.00 for a couple, membership renewal is on 1st December each year.  There is a charge per head for each event just to cover the cost of the wine and food but we are non-profit making.  Lack of wine knowledge or experience is absolutely no barrier to joining!

Due to the current Covid-19 situation we have to comply with Government advice so, sadly, Alex & Bill's Tasting in Worthing on 4th April 2020 has been cancelled as has Claire & Mike's that was planned for 2nd May and Sally & Peter's on 6th June. Hopefully we can reschedule some of these to later in the year.  In the meantime...

Virtual Tasting Events...!

An experiment attempted on Sunday 12th April was very successful when Bill & Billy hosted a 'Virtual SWAS Tasting' using the Zoom on-line conference software.  Twelve members & friends took part and thanks are due not only to the hosts but to all the participants!  There is a good chance that such a Virtual Tasting will be repeated, maybe even on a weekly basis.  A second event  took place at  1pm on Sunday 3rd  May and a third at 1pm on Sunday 10th May. 

Virtual Tasting #4 Sunday 24th May at 1.00 pm: 'Pinot Noir' - Fourteen members joined in

Virtual Tasting #5 Sunday 31st May at 7.00 pm: 'White Burgundy' - again 14 members joined in

Virtual Tasting #6 Sunday 7th June at 7.00 pm: 'Cabernet Sauvignon' - let Bill know via our mailing list should you want  to be involved and he'll send you a link just before the start time.   

All members can now be contacted at the same time using our new 'Mailing-list' email address:  members@swas.club

       

The SWAS Tasting Programmes for 2016/2020

The  SWAS Tasting Programmes for 2016/2020 are shown below.  Mike co-ordinates the calendar so please email him with queries/suggestions/offers for the current year and for future Tastings.

The SWAS Tasting Programme for 2020

Saturday 7th March:   "Wines from the SWAS Cellar" (with Jill & Bryan in Worthing)

Saturday 4th April:  "The Wine Society in Spain"  (with Alex & Bill in Worthing) CANCELLED

Saturday 2nd May:   "Wines of Western Australia" (with Mike & Claire in Wasperton near Warwick) RESCHEDULED

Saturday 6th June:  (with Sally & Peter in Rustington) CANCELLED

Saturday 4th July:  (with Dinah in Ringmer) UNDER REVIEW

Saturday 1st August:   If anyone would like to host on this date, they would be most welcome...! 

Saturday 5th September:  tba (with Bill in Worthing)

Saturday 3rd October:   If anyone would like to host on this date, they would be also most welcome...! 

Saturday 7th November:   tba (with Mike & Claire in Wasperton near Warwick) VERY PROVISIONAL

Saturday 5th December:  SWAS AGM Sioned & Peter will host and provide the food and the wine and Sally and Peter will run the Quiz! 

The SWAS Tasting Programme for 2019

Saturday 2nd February: "Flavours of Chile and Argentina" with Jill & Bryan in Worthing

Saturday 2nd March:   "A Vertical Tasting of Chateau Musar" with Lyn & Dave in Henfield

Saturday 11th May:   "Wines from the Wonderful Douro Valley" with Mike & Claire in Wasperton near Warwick

Saturday 1st June: "The Old New World" with Sioned & Peter in East Preston

Saturday 13th July: "Women in Wine" with Celia in Henfield

Saturday 7th September: "Twenty Years in the Geddes Cellar" with Bill & Janis in Worthing

Saturday 2nd November: "Is it Worth Twice the Price?" with Sally & Peter in Rustington

Saturday 7th December:  SWAS AGM & Sioned's Quiz with Lyn & Dave in Henfield

The SWAS Tasting Programme for 2018

Saturday 3rd February: "An Underrated Grape - Grenache" with Sally & Peter in Rustington.

Saturday 3rd March: "France 2010" with Adrienne & James in Brighton

Saturday 7th April: "Spain v Italy" with Dinah in Lewes

Saturday 5th May: "A personal selection of wines from France" with Lyn & Dave in Henfield

Saturday 2nd June: "A Taste of South Africa" with Bryan & Jill in Worthing

Saturday 7th July:    "A Postcard Tasting" with Celia in Henfield - an evening Tasting at 7.00pm

Saturday 6th October:   "Classic White Burgundies (with some Reds!)" with Dinah in Lewes

Saturday 3rd November: "A Cruise Around the Med:  Spain to Morocco - by helicopter!" with Janis & Bill in Worthing

Saturday 8th December: SWAS AGM, Bill's Tasting & Quiz, "French Classics at Christmas", Lyn & Dave will host in Henfield

The SWAS Tasting Programme for 2017

Saturday 4th February: "A Taste of Italy" with Joan & Irvine in Seaford.

Saturday 1st April: "Wines for Longer Days" with Dinah in Lewes.

Saturday 6th May: "Volcanic Wines" with Adrienne & James in Brighton.

Saturday 3rd June: "More to Spain than Rioja" with Peter & Sally in Rustington

Saturday 1st July: "Go Brazil...!" with Claire & Mike in Solihull (another SWAS 'Away Day')

Saturday 2nd September: "La Gloire of Pinot Noir" with Sioned & Peter in East Preston

Saturday 7th October: "How many grape varieties can be squeezed into a bottle of wine?" with Jill & Bryan in Worthing

Saturday 4th November:  "Mallorca - Sun, Sand, Sea and Wine!" with Janis & Bill in Worthing

Saturday 2nd December:  "Wines from a Single Grape Variety" AGM & Quiz hosted by Lyn & Dave in Henfield, wines & quiz courtesy of Dinah...!

The SWAS Tasting Programme for 2016

Saturday 9th January: "Musar and Other Wines from the Lebanon" with Lyn & Dave in Henfield

Saturday 6th February: "South Africa vs. South America - a comparative tasting" with Jill & Bryan in Worthing

Saturday 5th March: "European Fine Wine Selection II" with Adrienne & James in Brighton

Saturday 9th April: "It's all Greek to me!" with Sally & Peter in Rustington

Saturday 7th May: "A Roam in the Rhône – North v South – A Comparative Tasting" with Janis & Bill in Worthing.

Saturday 2nd July: "Will you vote Left or will you vote Right?" with Claire & Mike in Solihull (another SWAS 'away day')

Saturday 3rd September: "Bring a Bottle - one that you REALLY like" with Jill & Bryan in Worthing

Saturday 1st October: "The SWAS 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner" at Pyecombe Golf Club

Saturday 3rd December: "Summertime Down Under" The 2016 SWAS AGM and Mike's Fiendish Quiz - hosted by Lyn & Dave in Henfield

Page last updated 24/05/20

If you would like to find out more about us or to enquire about joining please contact our Secretary, Mike Brook, at email: Sec.SWAS@btinternet.com

SWAS Contact details:

Our Secretary, Mike Brook, can be contacted at email: Sec.SWAS@btinternet.com

We'll post the full details of our future Tasting Dates on our home page as each is confirmed