Year 24 in the HMWS

 

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Year 24 of the HMWS stretches from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015.

  • The annual membership fee for Year 24 is £15 pp
  • The cost of Life Membership is £150 pp
  • Members’ are encouraged to maintain credit accounts
  • Guests are welcome at all HMWS events but a surcharge of £5 pp/event is payable
  • Only members will be able to purchase wine from the Society’s list
  • Only members are accepted on HMWS wine tours
  • The list of members will be published in the first week of October
  • The Society will continue to hold regular high quality tutored tastings and wine tours
  • The Society’s online newsletter Hedonist is updated daily
  • The Blog will continue to provide as much information as possible about wine and wine events

New Members

  1. Simon Pratt (Leeds)
  2. Susan Pratt (Leeds)
  3. Mr. Malcolm Beer
  4. Mrs. Joan Beer
  5. Ian Bexon (Harrogate)
  6. Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Fieldhouse
  7. Carol Bexon (Harrogate)
  8. Mair Archer (Hebron)
  9. Dr. Philip O’Conner (Harrogate)
  10. Faith Winter (Harrogate)
  11. Dr. Abdullah Kraam (Wakefield)

Events Calendar

  • September 2014: Wine Tour – “Trans Caucasus” (6 Members)
  • October 7, 2014: Tutored tasting – “Hermitage la Chapelle” by Dr. Bernard Dias (7pm, Masonic Hall, Harrogate)
  • November 6, 2014: Tutored tasting – “Grower Champagne” by Dr. Bernard Dias (7pm, Masonic Hall, Harrogate) 40 members and 7 guests attended
  • December 7, 2014: Christmas Lunch (12 noon, Masonic Hall, Harrogate)
  • January 2015: “Qvevri Wines of Georgia” by Dr. Bernard Dias (Harrogate Masonic Hall)
  • March 2015: Valencia tour (6 members)
  • March 2015: Spring Lunch (28 members and 2 guests)
  • April 9 2015: “Organic Wines of Seresin” by Sara Fogarty of Seresin UK & Graeme Oliver of Armit Wines (24 members and 5 guests, Harrogate Masonic Hall)
  • May 2015: “Top Douro Reds – Vintage 2011”
  • June  16 – 23 2015: Wine tour of northern Portugal
  • July 2015: “Spain’s Hidden Gems”
  • August 2015: “Fine Whites of Portugal” – a tasting lunch

Wines Shown At Tastings (Average price per bottle £48)

  1. Abel Mendoza Grano a Grano Graciano 2011
  2. Adega de Pegoes Seleccionada 2014, Setubal
  3. Anselmo Mendes Contacto Alvarinho Vinho Verde 2013 (£12.95 The Wine Society)
  4. Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos
  5. Champagne Béréche Campania Remensis Brut Rose NV (£49)
  6. Champagne Laherte Fréres, Les 7 (£45)
  7. Champagne Béreche et Fils Brut NV (£26)
  8. Champagne Agrapart, Les 7 Crus Brut NV (£34)
  9. Champagne Corbon Vintage Brut, Avize Grand Cru 2002 (£45)
  10. Champagne Frank Bonville Sélection Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV (£26)
  11. Champagne Théonot, NV
  12. Chamonix Reserve White 2012
  13. Chamonix Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
  14. Clos Mogador 2011, Priorat
  15. Do Ferreiro Albarino 2013
  16. Dow’s Fine White Port
  17. Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2013
  18. Graham’s 20 Year Old Tawny
  19. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012
  20. Guigal Gigondas 2006 (£13.20)
  21. Guimano Mencia 2013, Ribeira Sacra
  22. Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Ainé 2007 (£125)
  23. Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Ainé 2006 (£99)
  24. Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Ainé 2003 (£89)
  25. Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Ainé 2001 (£79)
  26. Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Ainé 1999 (£99)
  27. Hunter’s Hukapapa Dessert Riesling 2014
  28. Iona Chardonnay 2012
  29. Ken Forrester Gypsy 2010 (£24.20)
  30. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 2004
  31. Lavradores de Feitoria Meruge Douro 2011 (£25, The Wine Society)
  32. Niepoort Docile 2014
  33. Niepoort Redoma 2013
  34. Niepoort Vertente Douro 2011 (£17, The Wine Society)
  35. Poeira Douro 2011 (£27, The Wine Society)
  36. Post Scriptum 2012, Prats Symington (£14.51 HMWS)
  37. Paf La Syrah 2012, Mas Coutelou
  38. Parotet, Celler de Roure, Valencia
  39. Quinta do Crasto Reserva Douro 2011 (£19, The Wine Society)
  40. Quinta da Espiga 2014
  41. Quinta Nova Reserva Douro 2011 (£23, The Wine Society)
  42. Quinta do Vale de Meao 2011 (£58, The Wine Society)
  43. San Roman 2010, Toro
  44. Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir 2012
  45. Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (£11.95)
  46. Seresin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (40% oaked) (£19.08)
  47. Seresin Viognier 2011 (£19.08)
  48. Seresin Dry Riesling 2009 – (£11.55)
  49. Seresin Chiaroscuro 2011 – Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris (£20.53)
  50. Momo Pinot Noir 2012 (£10.89)
  51. Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2011 – (£15.05)
  52. Seresin Raupo Creek Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (£19.34)
  53. Seresin Home Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (£25.08)
  54. Soalheiro Alvarinho 2014
  55. Soalheiro Primeiras 2012
  56. Tio Pepe En Rama 2015
  57. Torres Chile Dias de Verano Muscat 2013 (£7.04)
  58. Torres Chile Reserva de Pueblo Pais 2013 (£7.59)
  59. Torres Chile Santa Digna Pinot Noir 2012
  60. Torres Mas La Plana 2009
  61. Torres 10 Gran Reserva Brandy
  62. Blandy’s 10 Year Old Bual
  63. 2013 CHINURI (NO SKIN CONTACT) Pheasants Tears (£8.22)
  64. 2012 KISI, Pheasants Tears £(14.28)
  65. 2012 SHAVKAPITO, Pheasants Tears (£15.06)
  66. 2011 TAVKVEVRI, Pheasants Tears (£14.64)
  67. 2013 TAVKVEVRI ROSE, Pheasants Tears (£13.02)
  68. 2012 TSOLIKAURI, Ramaz Nikoladze (£17.88)
  69. 2010 RKATSITELI KVEVRY, Alaverdi Monastery (£17.88)
  70. 2011 KHIKHVI, Alaverdi Monastery (£24.42)
  71. 2011 SAPERAVI, Alaverdi Monastery (£30.90)
  72. 2012 DIDIMI KRAKHUNA, DIDIM MAGHLAKELIDZE (£17.88)
  73. 2010 CHKHAVERI, GAIOZ SOPROMASDZE (£12.24)
  74. Van Zeller Rufo do Vale D Maria, Douro 2011 (£8.95, The Wine Society)
  75. Vergelegan Scaapenberg Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  76. Vina Pedrosa 2009, Ribeira del Duero

Wines Sourced for Members

  1. Allegrini La Grolla 2011
  2. Allegrini Amarone
  3. Altano Douro White 2014
  4. Altano Quinta Ataide Reserva Douro Red 2011
  5. Barbadillo Manzanilla En Rama (new)
  6. Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear
  7. Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010
  8. Blandy’s 10 year old Bual
  9. Chamonix Reserve White 2013 (new)
  10. Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV (new)
  11. Dow’s Fine White Port
  12. Graham’s 20 Year Old Tawny
  13. Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2011
  14. Hugel Gentil 2013 (£7.86)
  15. Hugel Clssic Riesling 2013 (£10.36)
  16. Hugel Classic Gewurztraminer 2012 (£11.08)
  17. Hugel Gewurztraminer Tradition
  18. Hugel Riesling Classic 2012
  19. Hugel Riesling Tradition 2009
  20. Hugel Riesling Jubilee 2007
  21. Hunter’s Pinot Noir 2012
  22. Hunter’s Chardonnay
  23. Hunter’s Riesling
  24. Hunter’s Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  25. Hunter’s Kaho Roa Sauvignon Blanc
  26. Hunter’s Hukapapa Dessert Riesling 2014
  27. Ken Forrester FMC
  28. Ken Forrester Gypsy
  29. Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
  30. Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2014
  31. Ken Forrester Petit Rose 2015
  32. Ken Forrester Renegade
  33. La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza 2005 (new)
  34. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904, 2004 (new)
  35. Lagar de Costa Albarino 2014
  36. Martin Codax Albarino
  37. Mt. Horrocks Semillon 2012
  38. Mt. Horrocks Riesling 2013
  39. Mt. Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling
  40. Pieropan La Rocca
  41. Prats & Symington Posr Scriptum 2012
  42. Quinta do Crasto Douro Superior White 2013 (Enotria £12.91)
  43. Seresin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (40% oaked) (£19.08)
  44. Seresin Viognier 2011 (£19.08)
  45. Seresin Dry Riesling 2009 – (£11.55)
  46. Momo Pinot Noir 2012 (£10.89)
  47. Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2011 – (£15.05)
  48. Seresin Raupo Creek Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (£19.34)
  49. Seresin Home Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (£25.08)
  50. Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2010
  51. Te Mata Woodthorpe Chardonnay
  52. Te Mata Estate Syrah
  53. Tio Pepe En Rama 2015 (£13.75)
  54. Torres Coronas
  55. Torres Gran Coronas 2010
  56. Torres Gran Sangre de Torro 2010
  57. Torres Fransola 2012
  58. Torres Milmanda
  59. Torres Mas la Plana
  60. Torres Vina Esmeralda
  61. Torres Gran Vina Sol
  62. Torres Albarino (new)
  63. Torres Chile Santa Digna Estelado Rose NV
  64. Torres Chile Santa Digna Rose
  65. Torres Chile Santa Digna Pinot Noir (new)
  66. Torres Chile Reserva de Pueblo Pais 2013 (new)
  67. Torres Chile Dias de Verano Muscat 2013 (new)
  68. Torres 10 Gran Reserva Brandy
  69. Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec 2010
  70. Tyrrell’s Old Winery Verdelho 2012 (new)
  71. Warwick Estate First Lady Chardonnay 2013 (£7.70)
  72. Warwick Estate First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (£7.70)
  73. Warwick Estate White Lady Chardonnay (£12.27)
  74. Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies (£12.30)
  75. Warwick Estate Trilogy (£16.53)
  76. William Fervre Sauvignon Saint-Bris 2012 (£7.51) – 6 bottles
  77. William Fevre Chablis 2013 (£10.72) – 18 bottles

ANNUAL REPORT

  • Members: Membership was 76 with 10 Life Members. There were 12 new members in the year
  • Tastings: There were 6 tutored tastings followed by supper at the Harrogate Masonic Hall
  • Lunches: The Society held 3 tasting lunches
  • Tours: There were 3 wine tours (Georgia, Azerbaijan & Armenia, Valencia, Northern Portugal)
  • Wines tasted: 76 new wines were tasted at Society events
  • Wines bought: Members bought 77 wines from the Society
  • HMWS Blog:  43 posts were published. There were 21,198 views by 6897 visitors from 49 countries

COMMENTS

  • “I look forward to yet another great time and only wish I was a bit closer so I could take part more often.” – John Armstrong, Salisbury, 6 August
  • “Many thanks for this year’s many enjoyable events.” – Gail Bent, Harrogate, 6 August
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4 thoughts on “Year 24 in the HMWS

  1. Carole Wood wrote on 22 July 2014:

    “Many thanks for all your efforts and hard work during the past twelve months in organising memorable wine tours and also in putting together the wine tasting programme. I know it is greatly appreciated by all members of the Society.”

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  2. “With HMWS coming to the end of its 23rd successful year, we would like to thank you most sincerely for all the hard work and endeavour which you put into making it so. In addition you freely share with us your deep knowledge and experience of the ‘Wine World’ and the many ancillary benefits which emanate from your long association with the Industry. Gloria and I feel privileged to be members of your wine fellowship and the opportunities which it provides us to widen our understanding of the subject.
    With all good wishes to you and Ramani for a successful 24th year.”
    – Douglas & Gloria McFarlane, Harrogate, 15th August

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  3. Hi Dr Dias, I met one of your followers, Fred Price, a few weeks ago at the Devonshire Arms
    Hotel where I was giving a talk about sloe gin and my business (Sloemotion) as well as enjoying a very good meal! I was fascinated to hear about your blog and would be interested to see if you think there would be an opportunity for me to come and do a tasting with my products and a bit of a talk. Anyway, I’ll leave it with you, but my email address is jonathan@sloemotion.com or mobile 07786 858915 if you would like to get in touch. Regards, Jonathan Curtoys

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