Fairtrade wine tasting

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MONTROSE Fairtrade Forum is giving local wine buffs the chance to test their tastebuds next month at a special wine tasting event.

It will be the first opportunity in the town to try all the wines in Scotmid’s Fairtrade range.

To save the fairtrade forum having to obtain a special licence for the event the Park Hotel has offered to host the tasting session, which will be held on March 4 between 7.30 and 9pm, in its Garden Lounge.

There will be three red and three white wines to try and everyone attending will be given a tasting card containing the details of each, and all will be asked to score them from one to 10.

Before the end of the evening the scores will be averaged to indicate overall preferences.

The tasting will be introduced by forum chairman Ian Sykes and attended by Scotmid membership and community officer Laura Paterson. Entry will be by voluntary donation to help advance Fairtrade in the town and will be restricted to those over 18.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact forum secretary Peter Stevens by e-mailing peter280stevens@btinternet.com or by ‘phoning Montrose 673710.

The Fairtrade theme will continue the following morning when Montrose Churches Together will run a stall selling Fairtrade goods at the Farmers’ Market, from 10am to 1pm.

While Fairtrade products such as coffee, rice, bananas and tea cannot be grown in the temperate British climate, the Fairtrade movement believes that it is equally important to encourage those growing local produce and the forum is encouraging Montrosians to support all of the stalls.