Soalheiro Alvarinho 2013

“Portugal is able to produce white wines that are capable of matching and, in some places, exceeding their red peers” – Charles Metcalfe   Vinho Verde is not what it used to be. The sunny hills of Monção and Melgaço on the Minho river in Northern Portugal on the boarder with Galicia, is now home to fresh, clean and…


Blind Tasting 2015

The annual blind tasting of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society based on one of the practical papers of the year’s Master of Wine examination was held on Wednesday 2 September. In all, seventeen wines were tasted   Question 1 Wines 1 – 3 come from 3 different continents. Each wine is made from a different…


Lions Of Kalahari

10 August is named World Lion Day. To celebrate it, here are three images of lions taken during a memorable HMWS visit to the Kalahari in 2007. Lions seen at Nottens Camp near the Kruger in 2012


Portuguese Whites & Sunday Lunch

Thirty of us sat down to Sunday lunch at the elegant main room of the Harrogate Masonic Hall. We ate fish and drank Portuguese whites   Portuguese white wines are getting better and better. Vinho Verde seems to have reinvented itself. The acidic, characterless wines of the past are gone and Alvarinho from Melgaco and…