Tasting Kooyong


The Kooyong estate was established in 1995 on the cool, ocean-influenced Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. The vineyards were acquired by Giorgio and Dianne Gjergja in 2004 and all the wines are now made at their state of the art, eco-friendly winery, restaurant and hotel complex at Port Phillip Estate nearby. Winemaker Glen Hayley is making expressive…

Spring In Sicily


  The Society first visited Sicily in May 2004. A second small group wine and culture tour t00k place in May 2019     May and September probably are the best months to visit Sicily. EasyJet fly to Catania from Manchester thrice a week and the flight time is just over three hours. One could travel…

Spring In Sicily 2019 – Archaeological Park of Siracusa


It is our second day in Siracusa. Dawn is breaking and I sit on the balcony of my hotel room and sip black coffee. Suddenly the heavens open with thunder and lightning and torrential rain floods the streets. An hour or so later, the rain stops and the sun comes out and everything is back…

Letters From Sicily – 2. Milazzo


    The second letter  from Tony Lee & Renna Benson who are touring Sicily is from Milazzo     The bang of a maroon rocket broke the silence of a Sunday morning here in Milazzo a small city and major ferry terminal on the top north east corner of Sicily. Followed slowly by eleven…

Letters From Sicily – 1. Catania


  This is the first of a series of letters from Tony Lee & Renna Benson who are touring Sicily      The old man (he must have been at least 80) grasped the ice cream cone and took a big lick before heading out into the night to join many other men and women…

Wines Of Henschke


Harrogate Medical Wine Society hosted a tasting of Henschke wines at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate   “Under the guidance of husband-and-wife team, Stephen and Prue Henschke, this medium sized producer in South Australia has become one of the country’s most-famed. Since 1979 Stephen has been the winemaker while Prue has diligently renewed the vineyard…