Tasting Alsace Vintage 2014


2014 was an exceptional year for Alsace – perhaps the greatest some of us have ever seen for Riesling. The 2014 wines are in the classic mould with glorious fresh acidity that will ensure they have a long life ahead of them. It may be difficult to resist them now, though!     Harrogate Medical Wine Society…

Long Liquid Lunch – 2


  The Long Liquid Lunch is an annual gourmet food & wine event of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. Venues and chefs change for each event which is restricted to fourteen members at a time. Each participating couple provides two bottles of fine wine to accompany their chosen dish of a four-course meal. Wines are…

Christmas 2016


Christmas 2016 was celebrated in London. I drove down from Yorkshire on the twenty third and went to the ballet – the stunning Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. The bars on all floors of the theatre were packed and happy, smiling people were sipping Chateau de Blingy. The two hour show started at half past…

HMWS Christmas Lunch 2016


Fifty nine members and guests attended the Society’s 2016 Christmas Lunch held on Sunday 11 December at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate.     They started to arrive at eleven in the morning, sipped champagne and mingled, chatted and laughed. Some bought tickets for the annual Christmas Raffle. Lunch was served at midday. Wines were…

A Week In Madeira – 15. The Toboggan Run


After spending an hour or so in Funchal market that morning, we drove up the hill to Monte for the Toboggan Run. There is also the cable car which starts at Parque Almirante Reis in downtown Funchal and covers the 3,718 metres to the Monte station 560 metres up the hill in 15 minutes. The parish…