May 2019




We had a very interesting presentation from Rob on Chile and her wines. Our final tasting was a Pisco Sour. Much appreciated!

Here is the recipe

Note: A single measure is 25 ml, a double measure 50 ml.
For 2 people use a double measure.

Ingredients….into a cocktail shaker or similar container put:

3 measures pisco *
2 measures fresh squeezed lemon juice
1.5 measures simple syrup **
2 measures crushed ice….3 or 4 ice cubes will do.
Desert spoonful of egg white (optional)

Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and pour into a champagne flute or cocktail glass. 
Add 3 drops Angostura bitters (optional) but don’t stir
Garnish glass with a slice of lemon.

I didn’t use the egg white or Angostura bitters at the wine circle. The egg white gives the cocktail a frothy, smooth texture and is worth doing if you are ok with drinking raw egg white. We did in Chile!

* If you can’t get hold of pisco a fair imitation can be made by diluting 1 part Spanish brandy with 3 parts vodka. Don’t use your best cognac!
** simple syrup is easily made by heating 1 cup of water to boiling in a saucepan, add 1 cup granulated or caster sugar, stir to dissolve and allow to cool. You can buy it but why would you?

1. You can try using lime juice instead of lemon.
2. You can vary the proportion of lemon juice and sugar syrup to get your preferred balance of sweetness and sour.
3. If you have lots of people to serve, just scale up the quantities and use a liquidiser or Nutribullet, or a large jug and stir vigorously.

The wines we tasted were :-

1. Errazuriz Sauvignon blanc, 2017, single vineyard, 13.5%, ( Majestic £9.99)
2.Luis Felipe Edwards Viognier reserva, 2018, 13.5% ( Majestic £6.49)
3. Laughing Llama Merlot, 2018, 13.5% (Sainsbury’s, £4.99
4. Santa Rita “120” Carmenere, 13.5% (Majestic £7.49)
5. Concho y Toro “Castillero del Diablo” Cab. Sauvignon (Sainsbury’s £7.49)

If you missed Rob’s talk you can download the slides here:


We also had the presentation of trophies for the winners of the AGM competitions

  Kythe – machine made bread

  Fred – wine

  Steve – beer

Rob – hand made bread


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. 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.

NEXT CLUB NIGHT –  15th May  

A talk by Andrew Derbyshire – “Tales of a Tour Guide”.


This month’s lucky number is No 23.  Yvonne.


The next meeting is at Jean’s – 5th June at 7:30.


Sylvia, Chris and Hattie, Jean and David met at the Axe and Cleaver in Dunham Town. The weather was set fair and We all took off our thin jackets quite soon .
We had a very diverse pleasant walk along country lanes and fields and through Dunham Massey Park and across the Bridgewater Canal. We saw lots of friendly cows and deer and horses and one very friendly spaniel.  The fields were very pretty being full of buttercups and very few stiles.
Jean was well entertained by little Hattie doing impersonations of creatures from Harry Potter books – luckily Jean had read them when her children were young so managed to guess a few.
Lunch at Axe and Cleaver was very good – Chris and Dave especially recommend the meat pie.  Hattie it seems is very fond of Yorkshire puddings – she eat two big ones due  to having a wonderful Grandma who happily gave up her pudding.
Thanks Sylvia and Chris for a lovely walk.

NEXT WALK – 23rd June – 11:00am

Meet at the Leigh Arms, Acton Bridge. Organisers Bill and Kath.


Jean is the committee member responsible for pastoral care. If you know of a member who is poorly or needs help please let Jean know.


If you would like to join the email list for the above you would be most welcome.  It works like this:

I bulk order and buy for whoever is interested (around about 20 people usually) tickets for Monday night shows.  Around July/August I get the info on what the new Season’s productions are to be and email a list to everyone interested.  Members then email me back with orders for tickets. 

Once ordered and paid for you can’t change your mind, but if you find something clashes with a performance you can either sell on your ticket to other club members or your friends or family.  There is also an option for you to sell them back to the Box Office I believe.  Simple.

When I get the tickets I send you an email with how much you owe me and you pay me by cheque or cash at next Club night.  I  hand over the tickets when I am paid.  (Prompt payment appreciated.)

So, if you would like to join the group let me know.  Jean


Barbeque at Sylvia and Chris’s
Saturday 20th July
Lighting up time 5pm.
Treat it like a picnic. Bring chairs cutlery etc. your own meat and a salad or sweet to share. Glasses will be here.

Annual Dinner 2020 will be on Friday 20th March at Statham Lodge.

May Day Caravanning

For our second caravan outing this year we went to Edisford Bridge, Clitheroe, by the banks of the silvery River Ribble. 8 units, 15 people and a dog. Weather was variable, so not much sunbathing, but that didn’t stop the usual BBQs and walks. Trips to Colne, Skipton, Clitheroe were undertaken. Clitheroe market offered some interesting Lancashire culinary delights, such as “Rag Pudding”, which didn’t look very appealing but tasted really good! Bowland Brewery set in an old mill complete with old steam engine offered a great range of beers and a food hall and restaurant to satisfy those discerning gourmets amongst the wine circle. One evening Graham organised a quiz to exercise those little grey cells.

On  Sunday we were joined on a walk along the banks of the Ribble by Dave and Jenny and Keith and Judy.  We all took refreshment at the Aspinall Arms at Great Mitton. Surprise surprise, a gin and beer festival was in full swing! To cap it all on our return,  for the rail enthusiasts a model steam railway was running at Edisford. On Monday the clouds looked grim and rain threatened, and a shaft of rainbow struck John and Kath’s van, but sadly no pot of gold. Better luck on the lottery next time. Thanks to Graham and Joan for organising a most enjoyable event.








August Bank Barnard Castle, organised by Fred and Hilda

Buy, Sell, Swap, anything else interesting

Lymm Round Table is organising a beer festival in September. There will be a home brew section and a competition. Our brewers have been invited to enter either or both. Details from Steve Poskitt to follow.



Why is Syrah known as Shiraz in most of the New World?

  1. It was brought from near Shiraz – the ancient Persian capital – by the Phoceans from Greece to their colony of Massilla – Marseilles
  2. In France it was previously called Scyras or Ciras
  3. An Australian would make Scyras or Ciras sound more like Shiraz rather than the French “Sira”


Which country is the world’s largest producer of Icewine/Eiswein?



c) Austria

Answers at the next Circle meeting and in the next Newsletter for those who haven’t already Googled them.