Wine Discovery Group

Leader : Grant Sabin

Plan for 2021

1      24/2/21     Tassie Sparklings –  Grant Sabin

2      28/4/21     Stickies                   – Paul Stevens

3      14/6/21     Warribilla Reds   – John Smyth

4      18/8/21     Malbec                    – Ian Maskiell

5      13/10/21   Pino Grigio            – Bob Wigg


Christmas Lunch at Vincents, Beaumaris 2019

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Program for 2020 is as follows: –

Session 1 – Wednesday 5 February.  Theme Australian Rieslings.  Host Alan Stevens

Session 2 – Wednesday 29 April.  Theme Tassie sparklings and oysters natural.  Host Grant Sabin

Session 3 – Wednesday 15 July. Theme Aussie stickies (tokay, muscat, etal).  Host Paul Stevens

Session 4 – Wednesday 16 September. Theme Warrabilla reds.  Host John Smyth.

Session 5 – Wednesday 11 November. Theme Pino Grigio.  Host Bob Wigg.

Session 6 – Wednesday 9 December.  Xmas luncheon at Vincent’s Café Beaumaris.


Probus Wine Discovery Group Modus Operandi

The Aim – the aim of the Group is to critique and taste specific groups of wines that in most cases the members of the Group would not normally try or buy, hence discovery. Judging of the wines is up to each person – their individual preference.  For this Group specific classifications or types of wine could be for example – French Rose, Tasmanian Sparkling, Shoalhaven whites, etc.  It could even be as restricted as a wine type (such as a white wine) from one winery

The Group – has a core membership of 8 people with the opportunity to invite up to 2 guests to any of the sessions if core members are not able to participate.  We have a small priority guest list.

Modus Operandi – once the Group determines the specific wines to be presented at the next meeting, two members be allocated the task of procuring 4 representative wines, as well as obtaining information about the wines, winery, etc. The participants share the total price for the 4 wines, plus a small charge for appropriate nibbles.

We plan to have we have 4 to 6 meetings per year, with at least one in a restaurant.

The meeting format is flexible and will evolve as we gain more experience.  We could even invite wine experts to present wines.

First Session – the first session was held at Grant Sabin’s place on Wednesday 24 October 2018 when we sampled Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Grenache and Sangiovese all from Tahbilk.

Record/Diary Sheet – each member has been provided with a personal record/wine diary sheet to record their personal discoveries and ratings at each session.

The current members:-

Grant Sabin (coordinator), Ian Maskiell, Barrie Gibson, David Seedsman, Richard Phillips, Kevin McDonnel, Alan Stevens and John Smyth.

The Priority Guests :- first priority John Brimage, at this stage (December 2018) there’s room for a couple more.