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    Any nice places to drink wine in Durham? I love wine, but somehow I don't fancy sitting alone in my room with a bottle of red and a French romantic comedy every night...
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    At a formal!
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    Is there a Uni Wine Tasting Soc or are they college based ones?
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    There is a Uni wine soc I do believe. T hey get rather horrendously drunkas far as I can make out.
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    Vennels is apparently quite nice at night.
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    (Original post by socialist cook)
    Vennels is apparently quite nice at night.
    Vennels... :suith:
    *remembers pavlova*
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    (Original post by arkbar)
    There is a Uni wine soc I do believe. T hey get rather horrendously drunkas far as I can make out.
    Nice
    Do they not serve wine in the college bars?
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    (Original post by paddylad)
    Do they not serve wine in the college bars?
    Yeah, well, Collingwood at least.

    Also, when I went to Vennels on the Open Day, they'd run out of hot food! :bawling:
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    (Original post by Talya)
    Yeah, well, Collingwood at least.
    True but it's cheap and nasty £6 a bottle- gave me headache and I am a true cheap wine drinker....
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    (Original post by Sophie01)
    True but it's cheap and nasty £6 a bottle- gace me headache and I am a true cheap wine drinker....
    No, Milly was the trooper who finished off the bottle! :p: Ick!
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    there's a Yates in durham
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    Chase and Hogshead usually have offers on various wines I think...
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    I don't actually know where Vennels is. I think I might take a few days once the exams are all over just to walk around Durham and get my bearings, because I really have no clue - I got lost on the way to the open day!

    And I agree with Sophie - I didn't try that wine for a very good reason.

    I am slowly going off cheap wine. Had a horrendously bad Californian "Chardonnay" last night, which was disgusting... anyway, back to watch Charlie et l'usine de chocolat... :p:
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    Yeh the cheap bottles in the colleges are nasty. I bought a nice bottle of New Zeland White from Waitrose a while back which was lovely! About £7.99 i think
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    (Original post by danfel)
    I don't actually know where Vennels is. I think I might take a few days once the exams are all over just to walk around Durham and get my bearings, because I really have no clue - I got lost on the way to the open day!
    I did that in the September before I started at Durham, just had a walk around, up to Trevs then down past the science site and into town. Was a nice day
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    £7.99 for a bottle of wine? That's a bad price;
    Either spend £4 and get echo falls to drink from a pint glass for the express purpose of getting drunk, or drink expensive wines/champagnes, with the purpose of drinking something nice and also getting drunk. I don't see the point in buying middle-of-the-range wine - does it really taste twice as good as a £4 bottle (and you can pick up decent £4 bottles, not just echo falls)? Probably not - I found a bottle of (allegedly) £12 French wine marked down to ~£6 (I can't remember the year/cru etc) in Tesco and really looked forward to drinking it, only to be thoroughly disappointed and thankful that I hadn't just wasted £12 buying it. I used to think that I'd get better wine for a bit more, and discovered that it's pretty much a lottery anyway (after a year of 2 formals a week, only missing 3 in the year).
    Anyone know any decent wines available in Durham for ~£5? lets make a list of recommendations and "steer clears" to help one another. I'll start;
    La Chasse Du Pape - waitrose, £4.99 (white) worth a try, pretty nice
    Penfold Rawson's Retreat Semillion-Chardonnay '03 vintage ~£5.25 last time I saw it, but it's getting rare.
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    Blue Nun!
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    (Original post by Timothy)
    Yeh the cheap bottles in the colleges are nasty. I bought a nice bottle of New Zeland White from Waitrose a while back which was lovely! About £7.99 i think
    my dad gave me extra money towards my shopping as it was still in the holidays so I treated myself to a bottle of chateau reynella shiraz from waitrose which had £5 off

    Oh yeah never never never drink college wine unless you have to at a formal, its like satans semen
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    (Original post by cobra)
    Oh yeah never never never drink college wine unless you have to at a formal, its like satans semen
    Apparently at the Graduation Dinner at Aidan's you have to pay £12 for a bottle of college wine.

    Needless to say those I know who have been invited are not going.

    I had a lovely Macon Rose out of Marks and Spencers on Valentines for £4.50, and it was a nice surprise. Shame I drank it so quickly at formal really....
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    College wine is usually dire - it's because they're tied in to alcohol wholesalers that'll only let them buy cheap-ass draft/spirits if they also sell their wine, which is, ahem, shyte.
 
 
 
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