Tasting La Rioja Alta


“La Rioja Alta continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja wine. Established in 1890 at the same spot where their head office sits today, their three Reserva Winebrands, Alberdi, Arana and Ardanza are named after the founding families, all three of which remain shareholders. The company still maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many of the new technological advances.…

Tasting Mendel – The Argentinean “First Growth”


“The inaugural release from the Mendel estate in 2004 saw Malbec deftly crafted from vineyards planted in 1928, into sublime wines. Since then, the joint forces of the Sielecki family and Roberto de la Mota,already one of Argentina’s most experienced and respected winemakers, have gone on to huge acclaim and recognition; a premium producer expressing terroir…

May Day 2021


Another May Day in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic came and went. It was a cold but bright and sunny spring day. Apple trees in the back garden were about to burst into flower. Robins hopped about and Red Kites circled overhead. The Rigby Reserve Brut 2013 was amazing. The creamy Chardonnay, Pinot Noir…

Letter From Ischia


“Rob Buckley returned to Leeds this week from three weeks in Southern Italy. In this post he writes about his adventures in Ischia.” Returned safely yesterday to be welcomed by a 10 degree drop in temperature. On the island of Ischia we visited the glorious gardens of the British composer William Walton who famously wrote…

An Overdose Of Fine Wine


  Since arriving in Sri Lanka towards the end of January, I have had no wine except for a forgettable Australian Chardonnay and a Merlot at a party in February. But in Colombo last week, I was treated with more fine wine than I could drink in a month! The host, an over-generous and long…

On The Trail Of Ho Chi Minh


    Tony Lee & Renna Benson – members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society are on a tour of Indochina. This is their guest post from Vietnam     A forest of arms shot up into the air holding glasses from which liquid exploded upwards to the accompanying screams of the holders. Across from…

German Pinot Noir


Pinot noir, or Spätburgunder as it is more commonly known in Germanspeaking lands, is no new addition to Germany’s ever-evolving list of grape varieties. But until comparatively recently it was rarely made into anything more than a very light red of little merit. How things change! German pinot has come of age and recent vintages…

A Chablis Masterclass


First it was a vast sea. Then the water receded exposing layers of limestone clay embedded with countless  fossilized oyster shells…That was 180 million years ago                                                           …

Christmas Lunch 2019


It was a wet and windy December day but we gathered at the Masonic Hall today for the  2019 Christmas Lunch      There were 27 of us, twenty-four members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society and three guests. We sipped champagne in the Grand Hall. It was Marc Hebrart Premier Cru Cuvee de Reserve Brut…