Spring Lunch 2018


Harrogate Medical Wine Society held the 2018 Spring Lunch at the Pannal Golf Club on Sunday 6th May.   Menu Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2009 Prawn and smoked salmon cream cheese purse with crisp leaf salad, capers and lemon dill salsa Greywacke ‘Wild’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Warwick Estate White Lady Chardonnay…

Camino Portugués – 2: Birds & Flowers


  Tony Lee & Renna Benson are on the Camino de Santiago again, this time from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. This is Part 2 of their report.   “Yesterday we heard our first cuckoo, the latest harbinger of spring. Swallows and House Martins were already here when we arrived but it was Friday a week ago…

Camino Portugués – 1


    Tony Lee & Renna Benson are on the Camino de Santiago again, this time from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. They flew to Lisbon from Leeds/Bradford via London Heathrow last Monday to start the walk. This is Part 1 of their report.       “We started this latest attempt to walk to Santiago from…

Volcanic Wines


    Vines on volcanic soils produce distinctive wines with fresh acidity, saline and flinty-peppery ‘minerality’ and remarkable longevity     Yesterday I tasted a selection of wines from the slopes of Sicily’s Mount Etna with members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. The wines were from Pietradolce who’s 11 ha. vineyards are located on the northern slopes of Mount…

Tasting In Uco Valley


Tony Lee & Renna Benson who are touring Argentina, are now in Mendoza. They spent Day One in Mendoza tasting in the Uco valley   “Taking standard organised wine tours is likely to be a disappointment compared to those organised by Bernard and the HMWS as most will be targeted at people with little wine…

Redoma & Batuta – A Niepoort Vertical


During a visit to his cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia in 1993, Dirk Niepoort asked me to taste a red wine from barrel. I was not aware that he made any table wines. That was the first Redoma. It took me another twenty-two years to taste my first Batuta – the 2005 during a…