All about SWIG

learn about wine  

SWIG was set up to give members a better understanding of the complex world of wine and  broaden their vinous experience, but we recognise that wine promotes conviviality and social interaction. This above all means that we really enjoy what we do and encourage participation by all members regardless of their wine knowledge. 

What we do


Taste wine by grape variety, style, outlet or region.

Tastings are presented illustrated with Powerpoint photos of vineyards, wineries and personalities. Discussions of SWIG's impressions of each wine are done with usually a vote held on quality.


Full notes and a tasting sheet are provided, as well as bread and nibbles. 



The membership cost is £24.00 per year (or £21.00 each, for two or more at the same address). This charge covers admin, printing and cash-flow as wine is bought in advance of payment.


Each event has a charge for the evening usually £20.00 though it can rise to more for special tastings of more expensive wines.

We also go out of Salisbury on occasion for dinners in the Summer and Winter this year being held at  a pop-up restaurant in Coombe Bisset village hall.

The venue


We use the St. John Suite at the Mercure White Hart Hotel

1 St. John Street



The hotel has its own parking but you can also park on a single yellow line nearby.

We have our own ISO tasting glasses which the hotel keep and wash for us.

We meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7:15pm for 7:30pm unless we are on a visit outside Salisbury.

Who administers the       wine club?


The organisation and administration is carried out by members. There is a small Committee whose officers are:


Chair - Nick Hodgson

Treasurer - Kerry Attwell Thomas

Secretary - Paul Tyler 

How to join
In the first instance contact Paul the membership secreatary ( You can come along to two meetings on a trial basis if you prefer not to commit to full membership straightaway  More details are on the Membership page
How to book tasting tickets

Members may reserve tickets for tastings by emailing the Membership Secretary Paul Tyler at indicating the number of members and guests.


Payment must be made in advance on reservation 

Making payments to SWIG 
Please pay electronically where possible. SWIG's bank account is:
Name               Salisbury Wine Interest Group
Sort code          54-41-19
Account no       56237219
Reference         Use abbreviated month (Feb, Mar etc) with number of members and/or                                                      guests in format Mar 2M 1G (max 18 characters)
Members not using electronic banking may make the payment in branch at the counter or using the ATMs using the above details.
Cheque payment in advance will also be accepted. Please post or deliver cheques (payable to the Salisbury Wine Interest Group) to :
Kerry Attwell Thomas
16 St Martin's Church Street
Salisbury SP1 2HY
and confirm this by emailing Kerry at SWIGMONEY@AOL.COM
Thank you

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