We held a tasting where people could ask for the wines beforehand and the ones with the most votes were tried on the night. Lots of interesting wines came forward but none more so than Cameraman's contribution: A Chateau Carpenter's Arms from John Halls in Sussex.
John was born and bred in Shoreham with links to the Royal Sovereign Pub there. He's been making his own wine for well over 50 years and with his birthday this month we passed round the two bottles Cameraman had purloined.
No one can remember much after that. I think John's wine would challenge any EU regulation and Cameraman confessed he had used it once to flambe a steak, so high is the alcohol content.
Its great to see people still home brewing, and blending to their tastes, getting to understand the very basics - the importance of fruit and sugar.
Our best wishes to Birthday boy John, and we look forward to many more vintages.