The Georgian Supra


Georgia, nestled between the Black Sea and the wild Caucasian Mountains is a beautiful country. It is hard not to fall in love with this ancient land where wine originated 8000 years ago. Georgians love their food and wine and have elevated eating and drinking to a fine art. They call it the Supra. Recently, UNESCO…

Filipa Pato – Wine Without Makeup


They have been making wine in Bairrada since the 10th century. Today it is DOC and is the home of tannic and acidic Baga. Luis Pato is king here. I met Luis for the first time at the annual Wines of Portugal tasting in London this year. I tasted his whites and told him about…

Wines Of Portugal Annual Tasting – London 2017


  My invitation to the 2017 Wines of Portugal tasting in London arrived on the last day of February. The opportunity to meet and chat again with old winemaker friends from Portugal delighted me. I drove to London on the 3rd of April, stayed the night in Islington and next morning, took the tube to…

Tasting Alsace Vintage 2014


2014 was an exceptional year for Alsace – perhaps the greatest some of us have ever seen for Riesling. The 2014 wines are in the classic mould with glorious fresh acidity that will ensure they have a long life ahead of them. It may be difficult to resist them now, though!     Harrogate Medical Wine Society…

Ukrainian International Airlines


Caitlin Jean Russell If you read any of my other reviews, whether it be about another airline, a restaurant or a hotel you will come to realise that I really don’t complain too much about services. Even if things are a little off, I like to highlight the positives rather than write extensively about the…

Long Liquid Lunch – 2


  The Long Liquid Lunch is an annual gourmet food & wine event of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. Venues and chefs change for each event which is restricted to fourteen members at a time. Each participating couple provides two bottles of fine wine to accompany their chosen dish of a four-course meal. Wines are…

Christmas 2016


Christmas 2016 was celebrated in London. I drove down from Yorkshire on the twenty third and went to the ballet – the stunning Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. The bars on all floors of the theatre were packed and happy, smiling people were sipping Chateau de Blingy. The two hour show started at half past…