Site designed & created by Burton Joyce U3A.

© 2013 -2017 Burton Joyce & District U3A  All rights reserved.

U.K. Registered Charity No. 1157213

Site designed & created by Burton Joyce U3A.

© 2013 -2017 Burton Joyce & District U3A  All rights reserved.

U.K. Registered Charity No. 1157213

Group Co-ordinator

Patrick McDonough  0115 931 4139


Carnarvon Room

Meeting Dates

 & Times:

Usually 4th Thursday in the month, but can vary


Additional Charges:

£1 to £2 per meeting for the hall hire in addition to the cost of the wines.

Description: Each monthly Wine Tasting is arranged around a theme, such as a wine growing region or country, particular grape varieties or wine types.  Sometimes we also base the tastings on pairing wines with foods.

The wine group works on a collaborative basis in that there is no one person responsible for arranging the events. Usually a couple or sometimes two couples will take responsibility for a monthly meeting. It is up to them to decide the theme of the meeting and to ensure that everything is in place to make the event a success.

Before each meeting the meeting hosts will prepare and circulate information about the theme. Sometimes the meeting hosts buy all the wines and at other times the group members will be asked to buy the wines, as suggested by the meeting hosts.

It should be stressed that, although we take the appreciation of the wines presented seriously, this group has evolved into more of a social gathering of people who enjoy drinking different wines in a convivial atmosphere.

There is only meeting per month and apart from the two outdoor events held each year, the numbers who can attend any specific event is limited to the size of the venue and will be decided on a first come first served basis.

Having said that, the group is happy to accept applications to join. If you do join the group you will be expected to organise an event at some point, but this may be only once a year or longer.

After the meeting, the leader prepares a summary of the wines tasted, the prices paid and the importer and retailer of each bottle with an analysis of scores related to prices.

The Group is accepting new applications to join.


Our members each have their own set of three wine tasting glasses. This allows them to compare up to three wines side by side, much better than trying to compare them one after another as you would if you only had a single glass.

If you do not have any tasting glasses,

you can buy a set of three from our Group’s leader at a very moderate price when you first attend our meetings.

Wine Tasting


Burton Joyce & District U3A Wine Tasting Group encourages all its members to drink sensibly and avoid

exceeding the daily guidelines:

Women 2-3 units per day,

Men 3-4 units per day.

A unit is approximately equivalent to

a third of a pint of beer, or half of  a small (175cl) glass of wine, or a single measure (25cl) of spirits.

For more information on drinking sensibly, visit the Drinkaware web site



Burton Joyce & District U3A Wine Tasting Group asks all its members not to drive to our meetings and instead use public transport, taxis or arrange a lift from a family member or neighbour.

Some of our couples take it in turns to attend our meetings. Others arrange matters so that one comes to the first monthly meeting whilst their partner provides the lift, and they reverse roles for the second meeting of the month.

Back to Groups