Caroline’s Corner – May 2018


Are you a wine buff or do you just like drinking the stuff?
Either way, why not come to the Wine Tasting on Tuesday 5th June at Bankside Gallery?
6-8pm at 48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH

From Vineyards Direct offers a limited range of high quality and affordable wines delivered from Europe’s best vineyards to your door through an easy and efficient service. Our portfolio of wines covers the top wine-producing countries globally, though we specialise in French, Spanish and Italian wines.
We take great pride in finding parcels of fairly priced wines which are not easily obtainable on the UK market. Other countries we source from include Austria, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and the Americas.
We focus largely on working with small producers to seek out undiscovered wines. Prime examples of this can be found with such wines as Château de l’Abbaye de Saint-Ferme, Bordeaux 2010 and Arlaux Champagne Premier Cru, Grande Cuvée NV both offering fantastic quality at an exceptional price.
What did you miss on 9th May?

Nick Looby delivered an energetic plea for us to be more aware of how much time we spend on our devices, not phones as we use them for so much more. He gave us some shocking examples of people on their devices inappropriately. A guy who was dancing like no one was looking but then when a slow dance came on, he was texting over his partner’s shoulder – truly romantic!
Nick’s biggest fear is that the generation which has never known life without devices, will lose the ability to socially interact. He showed us pictures of couples in restaurants, both on their devices, not talking to each other. We joined in an exercise to really listen to each other for one minute and he gave us the feedback that we all started relaxing, mirroring each other’s movements, becoming more animated and connected.
We are reading less, our attention span is decreasing and our memories are deteriorating to the point where we may not laugh at goldfish any more!

Pete Walter told us why we can’t ignore social media – it is just too big. Most small business owners give it a try and then say, it doesn’t work. But in order to work, our presence on our chosen platform has to be consistently regular.
There was so much good, practical information in Pete’s talk that it is too much to summarise here. I recommend that you look at his presentation in the Library in the Members’ area. If you haven’t looked before, have an adventure and discover!

Here is his suggestion for the minimum amount of time to spend each week in order to see results.

Pete recommends the basic amount of time to spend is 4 hours a week on social media
Take 30 mins at the start of the week to plan your posts.
Daily post or video (15 mins) see the presentation
Daily interaction (15 mins) ie comment/ share on someone else’s post.
Spend around 1 hour creating a full piece of content ( blog/ video / competition/ youtube live …)
Consider using his tool buzzramp – brings most relevant stuff on social media to your attention.

He is interested in feedback on buzzramp – free 14 day trial.
The next meeting is a bespoke winetasting at Bankside Gallery on 5th June, 6-8pm. There will be a chance to look at the exhibitions and network.

From Vineyards Direct will explain and lead a tasting of French Bordeaux declassified wines. These are exceptional wines and should not be missed! Canapés will also be provided and there will be time to view the gallery exhibitions.

Bankside Gallery is the gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers . Its vibrant exhibitions celebrate the very best in contemporary water-based media and original print, championing the work of both new and established artists.

WHERE: Bankside Gallery 48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH

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