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Long Liquid Lunch


The Long Liquid Lunch or “LLL” is the first of a series of Gourmet Sunday Lunches with matching Fines Wines arranged by the Harrogate Medical Wine Society.   The first LLL was held on Sunday 31 July 2016 at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate. The talented young chef Adam Vear put together a four course…

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Tapas & Natural Wine At La Fabrica


The first thing I noticed was the blackboard listing a Georgian natural wine by the glass. I was surprised but excited. Georgian wine was the last thing I expected to see in a posh Spanish tapas bar in London It was only a sultry Monday evening but La Fabrica was packed and I was lucky…

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Wines of Jurade de Saint Emilion


Timothy Hartley of the Grand Conseil of the Jurade de Saint Emilion presented a selection of Saint Emilion wines to members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society yesterday. The Jurade de Saint-Emilion dates from 8th July 1199 when the Charter of Falaise was sealed by King John, John Lackland, recording the confirmation of rights given by his brother…

Lima River at Ponte de Lima

Portugal Revisited – 4. Adega Ponte de Lima


Lima Valley in the north of Portugal is the birthplace of Loureiro – the wonderful white grape of Vinho Verde with the scent of laurel leaves. “Lima Valley has the best terroir for Loureiro” Dirk Niepoort once told me. He gets Luis Cerdeira of Soalheiro in Melgaço to make him an excellent varietal Loureiro called Dócil which I…