Lebanon’s Finest Reds


  Wine has been made in Lebanon for at least 6,000 years. Modern Lebanese winemaking dates back to 1857, when Jesuit Monks planted Cinsault grape vines brought over from Algeria at Chateau Ksara in the Bekaa Valley. Today, there are over 30 wineries in Lebanon producing about 7 million bottles of wine per year. The Bekaa Valley…

Lunch At The Rose


The Rose is a Michelin starred restaurant in Bietigheim-Bissingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Last Sunday we  went there for lunch   We were eight in the group and had a small dinning room for ourselves. A slim young woman and a big young man looked after us. Both spoke English and recommended the set menu. A good…

Wines of Adelmann


    Last week I visited Graf Adelmann winery in Kleinbottwar – a tiny wine village in Germany’s Württemberg wine region     Württemberg is the fourth-largest wine region in Germany, with almost 11,500 hectares of vineyards. Kleinbottwar is known principally for wines from Riesling. There are three Grosse Lage-classified vineyards in this area on low-yielding, stony Keuper soils. Süssmund (“Sweetmouth”,…

Christmas Lunch 2018


  The 2018 Christmas Lunch of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society was held at Sasso Italian Restaurant in Harrogate on Sunday 9th December     Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV with Tartino di mousse di salmone e caviale (Tartlette of smoked salmon and caviar) was served to Members on arrival. Catarratto 2017 from Tasca D’Almarita…

Wines Of Argentina Masterclass With Paz Levinson


    Drinks Business magazine held a Wines of Argentina Masterclass on at Shear’s Yard in Leeds, presented by Executive Head Sommelier, Paz Levinson     Paz Levinson was named Best Sommelier of Argentina 2010 and 2014 by the Argentinean Association of Sommeliers. In 2015 she won the Best Sommelier of Americas award. She gained the position…

Serrata Fontanafredda At Sasso


    The  Fontanafredda evening was at Sasso in Harrogate. Matt Guillot of Enotria&Coe and a member of the  Fontanafredda Winery presented the wines     The 122 ha historic estate in Serralunga d’Alba grows Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, and Moscato leaving no chemical residues. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and wine is bottles with minimum sulphur in bottles…