April 2022




This was truly an excellent evening. Our ‘Call My Bluff’ wine tastings are always good but this was one of the best. Peter and Anna provided us with 6 delicious wines and our 3 bluffers entertained us with their very plausible tasting notes, provided by Peter and Anna. This event takes a lot of work and organisation so a big thank you goes to Peter and Anna. Thank you also to our bluffers, David, Natalia and Fred for their very theatrical performances.

The wines we tasted were

Yalumba Y Series Riesling

South Australia




McGuigan Reserve Chardonnay

New South Wales, Australia




Santodeno Grillo

Sicily, Italy




Yellow Tail Merlot

South Eastern Australia




Trivento Reserve Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina




Carnivor Zinfandel

California, USA




The ones correctly identified by the majority were – Yalumba Riesling (possibly a clue in the bottle shape), the Trivento Malbec and the Carivor Zinfandel.

After the tasting we moved on to our Saphire celebrations with a Blue Lagoon cocktail and Blue Moon biscuits. Thank you to Rob and Perpetua for the cocktail and to Kath for the very tasty crescent shaped biscuits iced in blue.


Our subscriptions are now due and remain at £23 per person. Amazing value. Peter , our membership secretary, would prefer you to pay direct into the bank with a BACS transfer. Account details may be found here  . Please make sure you include your name for the bank statement and email Peter after you have done it so he can keep a tally. Anyone who does not wish to do a transfer please give Peter a cheque made payable to Lymm Wine and Beer Circle.


This is a talk by Mark Nyman on Countdown and Scrabble. Mark is a professional Scrabble player and won the World Scrabble Championship in 1999.

Mark Nyman has also worked with Carol Vorderman and Richard Whiteley on the hit TV show, Countdown.

The committee has decided to reintroduce a “Wine of the Month” when we do not have a tasting. This month Kath will be sharing one of her favourite wines with us.

We are now looking for other members to come forward and share their favourite wines with us. We are not expecting full tasting notes, just an informal chat on why you like that wine. You will be fully recompensed for the cost of the wine. If you are interested just drop Rob a quick email and take it from there.

The committee has decided to increase the price of raffle tickets from 50p to £1. As people usually buy more than one ticket the cost to yourselves remains the same as will the odds of winning. i.e. you will buy 1 ticket rather than 2 or 2 rather than 4. This will make it easier for the ticket folders to fold half the number of tickets during the evening.


This months walk could very easily have turned into a pub crawl.

Nine walkers set out from Henshall Lane car park on the Trans Pennine Trail, near to the “Rope & Anchor” at Dunham Woodhouse. We walked east on the trail on the bed of the former Cheshire Lines track until we reached the old railway bridge at School Lane. We then turned towards Dunham Town, crossed the Bridgewater Canal , passed by the “Axe & Cleaver” pub and stopped to admire the cottage gardens. We then cut off left on footpaths, crossing Oldfield Lane, emerging at the old tree in the centre of Dunham Town. Then it was a short walk into Dunham Park and a short break for ice cream at the Hall.
Refreshed we set off towards Little Bollington, crossed the River Bolllin footbridge, passed the “Swan with two Nicks” pub and followed the cobbled lane under the Bridgewater Canal and into fields where the National Trust we’re undertaking work to restore wetlands habits and wildlife. Crossed the Bollin again and passed “The Vine” pub, onto Barnes Lane and a clever shortcut (thanks Mark) back to the Trans Pennine Trail. We had good weather and it was a most enjoyable 4 miles.


Sunday 19th June
A Walk Around The Bollin
Meet 11am at Twinnies Bridge Car Park at the Western edge of The Carrs, Wilmslow
Nearest post codeSK9 4HW.
Pleasant walk less than 4 miles.
Sylvia and Chris
Parking a bit tight so share if you can.


This should be on 1st June which is the beginning of the Jubilee celebrations. We have decided to cancel this meeting as a lot of people are away on that date.


Serves 1
2 measures of vodka
2 measures of blue Curaçao
Dash of lemon juice (optional)
Ice cubes

Pour the blue Curaçao over ice in a Highball glass. Add the vodka and then optionally add lemon juice and top up with lemonade to taste.
We suggest 1 measure = 1 fluid oz or 30 ml
This is the cocktail we drank at the May meeting to celebrate the Sapphire (45th) Anniversary of the Lymm Wine and Beer Circle. Enjoy!

Also – If you want to celebrate the Jubilee in style
Here is the Queens Favourite Cocktail :-
1 measure gin
2 measures of Dubonnet
Orange or lemon twist to garnish (optional)
Pour one part gin and two parts Dubonnet over lots of ice and stir. Add a lemon or orange twist, if you like.


As April is the month when St George’s Day is celebrated where would you go to find vineyards cultivating the St George grape variety?
a. Georgia
b. Greece
c. Turkey


The Answer is b) Greece
The St George one over 200 indigenous grape varieties in Greece, and St. George is the most widely planted and one of the most commercially successful. In general, St. George wines have a deep colour, complex aromatics and generous, plummy fruit flavours. The St. George grape has soft tannins and well-balanced acidity, making it incredibly versatile from a winemaking point of view.


As we will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee very shortly here is a jubilee related vineyard question. Although vineyards in the UK go back to the Roman occupation the number declined during the following centuries until there were practically none left by the end of the 19th century. There was a revival, beginning in the 1950s, nicely coinciding with most of the Queen’s reign. Which of these vineyards is celebration its platinum anniversary this year?

a. Denbies
b. Hambledon
c. Halfpenny Green


BBQ and Celebration
Saturday 16th July.
Lighting up time 5 o’clock
Treat like a picnic bring your own table cutlery etc meat or something to barbeque and booze.
Bring a salad or sweet to share,
This year anyone turning 80 must bring a bottle of fizz. We know who you are!
Drop off and pick up stuff anytime.
Look forward to seeing you all
Sylvia and Chris

2022 Caravan Season

The Caravanners have planned their usual bank holiday outings for this year. Any other Wine Circle member who would like to join us, either for the day or a longer break, is very welcome. There are always local pubs and B & Bs in the area.

Jubilee Weekend
Wednesday 1st – Monday 6th June
Carsington Fields Caravan Park, Millfields Lane, Ashbourne, DE6 3JS
Organisers Peter and Anna 

Thursday 25th – Tuesday 30th August
Thornthorpe Caravan and Camping Site, Manor Farm, Thornhope, Malton, N. Yorkshire YO17 9LX
Organisers Joyce and Eric 

May Day Caravan Weekend at Welltrough Hall Farm near Chelford.

A total of 7 units travelled the short distance to stay at the lovely Welltrough Hall Farm campsite close to Jodrell Bank, organised by Sue and Stewart.

As well as having lovely views from our units, we had the alpacas, the Turkish Angoran goats and the Nupian goats who were our friendly neighbours. We were later joined by twelve chickens having been released following the lifting of the Bird Flu restrictions.
Jenny & David and Judith & Keith also joined us for the Sunday walk, Gin Club and BBQ.

A number of trips took place which included:

The Macclesfield Silk Museum
Hare Hill NT
The Quinta Arboretum
Chelford Car Boot Sale
Little Moreton Hall
Capesthorne Hall Gardens
The Local Hostelries and
Rode Hall

We explored the beautiful Cheshire countryside with 2 excellent walks: one a circular walk around Lower Withington and the other a walk via Redes Mere and Capesthorne Hall. Many thanks to Rob, our organiser, for his brilliant navigational skills. Our only complaint was the number of stiles we had to climb. We definitely felt like we had done a work out by the time we got back to camp!

Once again there was much discussion and laughter on camp, especially during Gin Club and the evening meals.

Special thanks go to Sue and Stewart for arranging such a great weekend.