Wine Lovers’ Sunday Lunch


There were forty eight of them. They came in from the cold soon after midday. Men were in jackets and ties and women wore pretty dresses. Louis Roederer was poured at one corner of the upstairs room and at the other, Peter mixed Pisco Sours. (He was tutored over ten hours by a pretty bar maid on the Andean Explorer between Puno and Cusco last April.) The Pisco was from Tacama winery in Ica off the Pan American Highway. They drank, chatted, mingled, and ate canapés.
There were five tables in the long room downstairs, named Beaune, Chablis, Champagne, Lima and Johannesburg after some of the places where they wined and dined this year. The place mats had their names and photographs, taken at a past wine event, on one half and the wine list on the other. There were glasses for white and red wine and port. Some had their own Riedel Chardonnay and Pinot Noir glasses and sets of ISO tasting glasses as well for the six Burgundies. Bottles of Harrogate sparkling water and still water in jugs were on the tables.
Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseigneres 2010 from the St-Aubin producer Henry Prudhon and Domaine Antoine et Francois Jobard’s 2008 Meursault en la Barre were poured with the smoked salmon, prawn and cream cheese terrine. A mental note was made to visit Prudhon on the next trip to Burgundy. Stephen added William Fevre’s Grand Cru Bougros 2005 and Peter produced a bottle of Marimar Torres ‘Don Miguel’ Chardonnay 2008.
There were four red Burgundies (Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru Bousselots 2006 from Domaine Robert Chevillon, Domaine Maume Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2002, Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee 2006 and Domaine des Epaneaux Pommard Premier Cru Clos des Epaneaux 2001) for the three bird roastof duck, partridge and chicken with port sauce, Lyonnaise potatoes and braised red cabbage. Bottles of Marimar Torres ‘Don Miguel’ Pinot Noir 2008 were uncorked to supplement the Burgundy.
Individual mince and almond pies with amaretti ice cream and brandy sauce followed.
Graham’s Ten Year Old Tawny partnered Colston Bassett Stilton with celery, grapes and nuts.
Speeches were made, the chef thanked and presented with a magnum of Hunter’s 2010 Pinot Noir and Masi Amarone Grappa was sipped with coffee and chocolates.
It was already dark outside. Carriages were summoned and they all went out in to the cold.

What Did They Think Of It?

“Christmas started with a bang! Thanks Bernard. – Jane Greenwood, Leeds

“What a super occasion! Thank  you for organising such a lovely lunch, good company, excellent wines – what could be better? I Look forward to a similar event in December 2013!” – Gwynneth Owen, Leeds

  • Sunday 8 December already penciled in. 1996 Quinta do Cavadinha bought and cellared! – BD

“As always, thank you so much for organising such a lovely event. Excellent food and wine.” – Jane Trewellha, Otley

“Thank you for arranging a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon – good food, wine, and company; I do appreciate, as I’m sure everyone who attended does, all the hard work that you put into creating such a jolly occasion! A great start for the holiday season! Thanks for the blog photos-great memories!” – Gail Bent, Harrogate

“Many thanks for a fantastic, well organised lunch. If further monies are needed to balance the books please let me know.” – Prof. Charles Joslin, Harrogate

“A super start to the Christmas Festivities. Excellent food and the opportunity to savour some very immpressive wines. The atmosphere was so friendly and Brigid, Celina and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. These events do not run themselves, and you will have put a great deal of time into planning everything. There were some very nice touches and you will be pleased that it was all worth the effort.” – Derrick Locke, Harrogate

“Just to say a very big thank you for arranging the splendid Christmas lunch yesterday.  Pat and I thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, with excellent food and wines and good company. All the wines were very good and my particular favourites were the Puligny-Montrachet and the Gevrey-Chambertin which to me were the true representatives of the Burgundian tradition. Not to mention a first taste of the “Pisco Sour”  so admirably dispensed by Peter.” – Pat & David Morris, Harrogate

“What a fantastic party, Bernard. We couldn’t have asked for more. All the nice little details that you had added made us all feel special. Everyone got on like a house on fire, lots of chatter and laughter and an excellent meal from Helen and Peter and the team, with endless bottles of wine. We managed to stagger out to our lift, thank goodness we weren’t driving. You put in such a lot of work I do hope people appreciated that, as these things don’t happen without it. Thank you so much.” – Ann Joslin, Harrogate

“I am sure you will have receive many emails from the members who were able to attend the very enjoyable Christmas lunch with Partridges and six Burgundian wines.  It was a tour de force, even for the HMWS, where we are used to fine events!!  Greatly enjoyed by all, a good number of long standing members and a lot of new members.  I am sure all newcomers were well received.   The HWMS is maintaining its base,  new blood is needed, we old comers increasingly hear the sound of distant drums, as Jim Reeves so beautifully told us in the 60s.The catering was great, the table arrangements beautifully thought through, the place-settings were a really superb addition, a mark of your photographic skills, David Bailey must have given you tips?Please consider a small number of similar events in the future.” – Dr. Stephen Cameron, Pick Hill

“Thank you for an excellent lunch and even better wines, a great start to Christmas.” – Michael & Gillian Fieldhouse, Masham

“Lunch party on Sunday was excellent all our party had a fab time.” – Peter Murphy, Ackworth

“What an excellent day: how fine the meal, how very fine the wines and company.” – Fred & Ann Price, Harrogate


2 thoughts on “Wine Lovers’ Sunday Lunch

  1. Hi Bernard, from Jackie and myself a word of thanks for starting Xmas off in suh a splendid way, everything was as near pfect as is possible, we look forward more of the same next year. Best regards for Xmas and the new year,
    Tony, Woolley , Wakefield


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