From the grapevine...
The Swindon guide to wine and spirits 


Welcome to "From the Grapevine!"

This site explores the world of wine and spirits in Swindon and the surrounding area, through blog posts, social media and tasting events.

In the blog, we'll highlight some of the delights on the shelves of local supermarkets and wine shops, and give you advice and insight to help you explore the wonderful world of wine and spirits.  We write up what happened (and what we drank) at the charity wine tasting events I've been running and occasionally, I'll delve into my cookbook to pair up some food recipes with wine.

If you come to one of my events I have several promises;

- I never sell any wines at my events.  I will tell you what you have tasted, how much it is and where you can buy it from (if you like it)

- I only use wines that you can buy locally

- My events are seated, informal and intend to be a mix of information, enjoyment and sometimes rivalry (if we have a quiz!)

- I never profit personally from the events.  I give my own time and price the event to cover the costs of the venue, wines, cheese and nibbles and expenses (such as licencing).  If there is a surplus, this is donated to a charity - we'll give details on the night.

The blog has been written by Claire Fleming, Wiltshire wine enthisiast, and WSET student. As a day job I work in local government, and on the side, I'm a fiction writer (why not pair my novels with wine at )? 

If you have any feedback, we'd love to hear from you - you can get in touch through the Contact tab .