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19 January 2016
Janis & Bill have been sorting through some old SWAS documents and came up with the following for which Bill provides an introduction:
"I have recently been looking back on some of the "historic" SWAS tastings. This was due to Janis finding some old tasting notes from events before we joined. There are a few surprises!
There seemed to be a tradition that most tastings involved an average of 9/10 wines. They were not always presented in the now common, 3 whites and the rest red, format. Indeed, one tasting was all white wines.
I had thought it was only recently that we had begun to try more expensive wines. The first few tastings we attended had mainly sub £10 supermarket wines but, in the past, the boat was sometimes fully pushed out.
For example, in January 2001, a tasting at Shirley Oliver’s house included:
A white Margaux @ £32.95
A St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru @ £27.72
A red Margaux @ £32.09
A Pessac Leognan (Château Pape Clement) at a mighty £44.95!!!
(Was that the most expensive SWAS ever?)
The April 2007 Tasting at Seaford had 9 wines of which 8 were over the £20 mark
The tasting lists which survive are as below:
March 2000 - 4 Reds & 6 Whites (Australia) (Jill and Bryan)
January 2001 - 5 Reds & 3 Whites (Bordeaux) (Shirley)
March 2001 - 9 Wines (mix unclear) (Rhone; Paul Jaboulet) (Jill and Bryan)
June 2001 - 8 Reds & 3 Whites (Argentina) (Irvine and Joan)
July 2001 - 8 Wines All Reisling! (Venue unknown)
October 2001 - 6 Reds & 2 Whites (Mixed origin) (David and Lyn)
January 2002 - 7 Reds & 3 Whites (Rhône) (Shirley)
July 2002 - 5 Reds & 6 Whites (NZ) (Venue unknown)
March 2004 - 4 Reds & 6 White/Rosé (Latin America) (Jill and Bryan)
August 2004 - 6 Reds & 4 Whites (Mixed origin) (Michael and Sheila)
April 2007 - 9 Wines Burgundy (Mix unclear) ( Irvine and Joan)
February 2008 - 6 Whites & 4 Reds (California) (Jill and Bryan)"