150th anniversary

Anniversary events

2024 marks 150 years of The Wine Society. To celebrate, we’re hosting our biggest-ever programme of tastings, exhibitions and events. We look forward to raising a glass with you!

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Taste our wine

Taste our wine

If you’re looking for events that are ‘more tasting, less talking’ then these are for you. Whether showcasing regions, grapes or styles, we’ve got a host of formats to experience.

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Pair wine with food

Pair wine with food

Celebrate the magic of food and wine perfectly shared and paired. Be it online cheese and wine evenings, lunches or in person multi-course menus, we’ve got just the event for you.

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AGM tasting online

Online events

Join us for our online wine tasting events! Sip, learn, and enjoy, all from the comfort of your home.

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"I wanted to say how wonderful the Zoom events have been. They’ve all been absolutely fascinating and involve some wonderful people."

Henry Crane

"Great to hear some of the personality and passion behind the wines that we all enjoy."

Simon Ruffley
Society tastings tickets: the perfect present

Society tastings tickets: the perfect present

Tickets for our in person events can be bought as gifts and are available for a range of themes, styles and experience levels.

Wine Society tasting events

Recordings of past events

Get a flavour of what our online tastings are like, rewatch events or catch up on tastings you’ve missed.

 

"A wonderful demonstration of why my recent Wine Society membership was such a good idea."

Claire Donkin

"I am so pleased to have had the chance to be in on this experience."

Steve Cropper

The Tastings Team

Tim Schwilk

Head of Tastings & Events since 2017, Tim is tasked with devising and overseeing a broad programme of events for members. Prior to moving to the UK, Tim created and ran the Sydney Wine Centre, and his favourite food and wine pairing remains Australia’s unique Hunter Valley semillon with oysters.

Catherine Housden

Catherine joined the Tastings team in 2019 after three years in Member Services, and many members will know her in her role as Events Manager. Away from work she is a keen cook and, in a bid to become more eco-savvy, has started learning basic dressmaking. Her top food and wine match? ‘Fino or manzanilla sherry with tapas. All day, every day.’

Emma Briffett

Events Manager Emma joined The Society in 2010. Among her many areas of expertise, Emma has a passion for matching wine with food. Her favourites include ‘steak and kidney pie with a large glass of Cotes-du-Rhône, and I always love a piece of brie with a glass of big, fat, new world chardonnay.’

Ewan Murray

Ewan has been at The Society since January 2004. With nine years as Head of Tastings & Events, followed by 10 years as The Society’s PR Manager, he has now returned to his ‘spiritual home’ as Events Manager. A fluent French and Italian speaker, he loves communing with our growers, imparting knowledge to members and making dreadful puns. Favourite food and wine pairing: poppadoms and Cristal 1997!

Gil Riggans

Our Tastings' Venues & Logistics co-ordinator, Gil joined in January 2018 after several years with Corney & Barrow. A huge fan of fizz and seafood, his favourite ever food and wine pairing is Ras el hanout spiced chicken breast with Alsace pinot gris, and when not at work, he enjoys the three Rs (running, rugby and reading!).

Maria-McGuiness

Maria joined the Tasting and Events team in January 2016 from our Member Services team, and her background before that was in sales and marketing. Our Tastings administrator, she is our go-to contact for members’ queries. It is a little-known fact, but Maria is also the one who keeps the Tastings team in check!

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