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' - 12 of us this time
Virtual Tasting #7 Sunday 14th June at 7.00pm: 'Something Unusual...' - 14 of us again, great to see David back to good form and to see James joining in from the heart of England in Moseley, Birmingham
Virtual Tasting #8 Sunday 21st June at 6.00pm: 'Australian Wines' - 13 members joined in
Virtual Tasting #9 Sunday 28th June at 7.00pm: 'Italian Wines' - 12/13 members joined in including a guest
Virtual Tasting #10 Sunday 5th July at 7.00pm: 'Balkan Wines' - Just 10 of us this time, some very interesting 'Balkan' wines from Spain & even from Puglia were included...! A very good session, nevertheless 😎
Virtual Tasting #11 Sunday 12th July at 7.00pm: 'Wines from the Chardonnay grape'
Virtual Tasting #12 Sunday 19th July at 7.00pm: 'Wines from the Iberian Peninsular' - at least 13 of us turned up this evening, lots of good Rioja, a Vinho Verde and a few Douro plus Bryan & Jill's White Port...!
Virtual Tasting #13 Sunday 26th July at 7.00pm: 'Côtes du Rhône-Villages from the lesser known villages' - a great turnout of 17 including Peter & Sioned's friend Ian and our friend Filippo who joined us from self-isolation in Italy 😎
Virtual Tasting #14 Sunday 2nd August at 7.00pm: 'Wines from Puglia' - Nine of us this evening including new member Ian Gaunt who joined in with his daughter.
Virtual Tasting #15 Sunday 9th August at 7.00pm: 'Wines from the Veneto' - a good turn-out again this evening.
Virtual Tasting #16 Sunday 16th August at 7.00pm: 'Wines from Chile' - Thirteen this evening including the Norris's who have returned from the Dark Side...!
Virtual Tasting #17 Sunday 23rd August at 7.00pm: 'Wines from Argentina' - 12 this evening, comms problems experienced by one or two but some good and and some not so good Argentinian wines tasted during the session.
Virtual Tasting #18 Sunday 30th August at 7.00pm: 'A Favourite Wine Bought For Under £15.00' -
Virtual Tasting #19 Sunday 13th September at 7.00pm: 'Wines from Portugal'- An excellent 13 of us turned up this evening for Bill's last Virtual Tasting before his hols. James (despite joining from Sardinia) had his usual very distorted and sadly, unreadable, audio but the rest of us had good connections. Felippo was welcomed home from his 6 week lock-down in Italy and we all wished Bill, Billy & Tina well for their trip to Greece.
Virtual Tasting #20 Sunday 20th September at 7.00pm: "Wines from Greece" - An excellent evening when eleven of us were able to connect to discuss and enjoy our choices of wine from Greece.
Virtual Tasting #21 Sunday 27th September at 7.00pm: "Australian Wines" - Bill should be back from his hols to host 😊