The wine trail

An evening of wine tasting with a difference for the retiring club president, Helen.

A gathering of the expectant participants

If you belong to Rotary, expect the unexpected! The Poundbury Rotary club are enthusiastic to help the many communities they can, but while doing so, really do enjoy the involvement in many activities – and the new venture called ‘The Wine Trail’ proved a great success. Although mainly a social event to celebrate the end of the Rotary year for the retiring president, Helen Horsley, an amount of money was raised for the club’s charity funds.

The attendees met up at the start on the premises of the Dorset Wine Co, at Strathmore House, Queen Mother’s Square, in Poundbury. Greeted with Kir Royal, four parties were created from the attendees, each led by a Rotary member and each set off for the various venues. The Red party started at ‘Redefined Hair Salon’ on Peverell Avenue East, courtesy of Emma Hill, the co-owner. This was the Italian wine tasting venue, and three wines were tasted in turn, and the general consensus was the red choice was best, although the two whites were probably better with the starter on an Italian meal – either way all were good to try and no doubt every person would have a different view! Moving on the Pengillys Solicitors Challacombe House, Beechwood Square the party were offered three wines from South Africa with Rotarian Kim Pile of Pengillys in charge. For one of the party the Pinotage went down best! At each of the venues there were canapes to try, designed to reflect the country represented by the venue.

Handelsbanken (198 Bridport Road, Poundbury) and hosted by Rotarian and banker Kath Ayres, had a choice of the wines from Australia, and some excellent canapes including a tiny prawn cocktail, and smoked salmon. The last venue was Parker’s Property on Peverell Avenue West where the French flag flew, and Rotarian Sam Cook, of Parkers looked after the guests. By this time the wines seemed to be merging together and so a defining result of what was best became impossible.

All the groups finally gathered to end the evening at The Dorset Wine Co to finish off the evening (and the last of the wines). The final event was the raffle for three prizes, each of a magnum of wine, and with the unexpected profit raised £323.12 for Rotary charities.

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