Year 25 In The HMWS


“I look forward to yet another great time and only wish I was a bit closer so I could take part more often.”

The 25th ‘Academic Year’ of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society commenced on 1st September 2015. The annual membership fee is £15 each and £25 per couple.

Events Calendar


  1. Blind Tasting 2015 – Wednesday 2 September 2015 at the Harrogate Masonic Hall, based on the 2015 MW Practical paper. Presented by Dr. Bernard Dias. Tickets: £30 inclusive of supper (16 members & 1 guest) Click here to see the report
  2. Wines of Seifried – Monday 21 September 2015 at Harrogate Hotel du Vin, presented by Hermann Seifried – owner/winemaker of New Zealand’s Seifried Estate. Tickets £40 inclusive of supper. (Attendance: 20 Members & 2 guests) Click here to read more
  3. Best Of Penfolds  – A tasting of six wines including Grange 1989 presented by Ian Botwright. Thursday 22 October 2015 at the Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £49.50 inclusive of supper
  4. Wines From A Special Parcel – Tasting/supper on Thursday 5 November 2015 at the Harrogate Masonic Hall, presented by Bernard Dias. Tickets: £35
  5. Autumn Gourmet Lunch – Sunday 15 November at the Harrogate masonic Hall. Tickets £60
  6. Christmas Lunch – Sunday 13 December 2015 at the Harrogate Masonic Hall. Arranged by Peter Murphy. Tickets £45 for members
  7. Classic Wines of Peter Lehmann – Thursday 31 March 2016. Tickets £30 inclusive of supper. Click here for details
  8. Top Wines Of Guigal Thursday 14 April 2016 with Bret Crittendon, Brand Ambassador for Guigal. Harrogate Masonic Hall
  9. How Champagne Tastes Relative To The Date Of Disgorgement – May 2016. Harrogate Masonic Hall
  10. Lopez de Heredia – Ultratraditional Rioja 9 June 2016
  11. Jurade de Saint Emilion: Thursday 14 July 2016. Presented by Tim Hartley. 
  12. Wines of Rolly Gassmann – 5 August 2016



  1. Alsace & Champagne – From Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 October 2015 (In association with Mr. David Ling of Hugel). Has attracted the most number of participants ever (23)! Cost £1400 pp. The Group of 23: Mr. John Armstrong (Salisbury) & Mrs. Gail Bent (Harrogate), Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Cameron (Pick Hill), Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Dias (Harrogate), Mrs. Jane Greenwood (Leeds), Mrs. Ann Joslin (Harrogate), Mr. Tony Lee (London) & Mrs. Renna Benson (Knaresborough), Mr. & Mrs. Douglas McFarlane (Harrogate), Mr. & Mrs. Peter Murphy (Pontefract), Mr. & Mrs. John Shore (Harrogate), Mr. Tony Stanier & Mrs. Jackie Lyles (Wakefield), Drs. Alisdair & Elma Stewart (Harrogate), Ms. Jane Trewhella (Otley), Mr. & Mrs. Les Wilson (Harrogate)
  2. Portugal Revisited– 16 – 26 June 2016. The tour was in two parts. The first 9 day section toured the Minho, Upper Douro (based at Quinta Nova in Pinhao) and Porto (staying at the Yeatman). The second 9-10 day part visited Bairrada (staying at Bussaco Palace), Dao, Alentajo and Lisbon. Members could elect to join one part or both. 
“Many thanks for arranging the superb trip to Portugal just completed. It was a great mix of scenery, wines and hospitality. Mafalda’s expertise and perfect arrangements opened vineyards and houses we could not have reached without her. The wines were a revelation, especially the white wines. Visits to Anselmo Mendes, even without him there, and to Quinta do Soalheiro were outstanding in the early days Quinta do Ameat gave a delightful meal and would be a great place to stay for some days. Quinta da Nova produced another superb tasting and meal in beautiful surroundings. Sailing down to Douro in Friendship 1 produced a pair of Bonelli’s eagles and was a great relaxing way to see the area. Suckling pig at Luis Pato was excellent and the wines there and at Vinha Paz were very good. The cork woods, the workers skill at cutting the cork and the later factory visit were very worthwhile.  Finally eating drinking and visiting both the Palacio de Dona Maria and Herdade do Esporao were visits which will never be forgotten. Little time for birding but I had great views of both male & female Montague’s Harriers quartering the vineyards at Quinta Nova.
I cannot imagine HMWS can arrange such a quality trip in the future but am sure you will try!!!
Ann joins in sending our thanks to you both and to Peter & Carole for your company.”
– Stephen Cameron, Pick Hill, 5 July 2016

3. Georgia – Mid September 2016. This third HMWS tour will cover the major wine regions and areas not visited during previous tours – Kartli in western Georgia and Tusheti in Caucasus mountains


The Society had 85 members. Seven members renewed Year 26 membership in June. There was one tasting/supper (Rioja) and one wine tour (Portugal). Both events were undersubscribed. The Rioja tasting required a subsidy of £230.94. The Society sourced 126 bottles of wine for members. June inflows were £707.11 and outflows were £703.50. The HMWS current account had £1084.32 excluding funds in Members’ credit accounts (£2094.86) and ‘Future Tastings’ accounts. The Society owed £1031.28 for wines purchased.

HMWS Blog had 678 visitors from 31 countries. There were 2095 views, mostly from USA, followed by the UK. Two blog posts were published in June.


  • Events: The Society held one Tasting Supper and one Gourmet Lunch
  • Wine17 new wines were tasted. Grahams Ports (5), Port magnums from the 2001 vintage and Hunter’s wines (6) were offered and members purchased 442 bottles of wine through the Society
  • Finance: Inflows were £2265.72 and outflows were £3220.51. Current balance is £129.53. Twenty members have £3676.30 in their HMWS accounts
  • The Blog: Seven blog posts were published. There were 3809 views with a daily average of 123


  • HMWS Blog: 6 blog posts were published – Long Liquid Lunch, Wines of Rolly Gassmann, Fabulous Wines of Soalheiro, A few Days At Quinta Nova, Lunch At Quinta do Crasto, Dinner at Quinta do Noval
  • Wine Events: (1) Wines of Rolly Gassmann (Tasting)
  • Wines Tasted: (8) Hugel Muscat Tradition 2013, Roll Gassmann Terroir des Chateaux 2012 (£10.50), Rolly Gassmann Auxerroise Moenchreben 2013 (£11.95), Rolly Gassmann Riesling Pflanzerreben 2010 (£26.00), Rolly Gassmann Pinot Gris Reserve 2007 (£24), Rolly Gassmann Musacat Muenchreben SGN 2003 (£85), Rolly Gassmann Gewürztraminer Oberer Weingarten SGN 1994 (£85), Jakson Family Estate La Crema Sonoma Pinot Noir 2013
  • Wines Bought: Guigal Crozes Hermitage Blanc, Guigal Saint Joseph Blanc, Torres Gran Vina Sol, Gran Sangre de Toro & Gran Coronas 2011, Brown Brothers Chenin Blanc, Dry Muscat & Tarrango, Torres Chile Cabernet Sauvignon & Carmenere, Quinta do Crasto Superior 2015 (2×6), Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage (4×6), Reserve Chenin Blanc 8×6) and FMC (1×6)


  1. Mr. John Armstrong (Salisbury)
  2. Ms. Lucille Austin (Harrogate)
  3. Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm Beer (Harrogate)
  4. Mrs. Gail Bent (Harrogate)
  5. Mr. & Mrs. Ian Bexon (Harrogate)
  6. Mr. & Mrs. Paul Booth (Pontefract)
  7. Mr. & Mrs. Ian Botwright (Ripon)
  8. Mr. Peter Brown (Harrogate)
  9. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Buckley (Leeds)
  10. Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Cameron (Pick Hill)
  11. Dr. & Mrs. Richard Chave-Cox (Harrogate)
  12. Dr. (Miss) Rebecca Chave-Cox (Leeds)
  13. Mrs. Dale Cowan (Harrogate)
  14. Mr. Peter Cunningham & Mrs. Moona Beswick (Huddersfield)
  15. Mr. & Mrs. Nick Dias (London)
  16. Dr. & Mrs. David Dodwell
  17. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fieldhouse (Masham)
  18. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Fox (Harrogate)
  19. Mr. & Mrs. Tony Gamble (Harrogate)
  20. Dr. Peter Goulding (Harrogate)
  21. Mrs. Jane Greenwood (Shadwell)
  22. Hill, Nigel (July 2016)
  23. Dr. & Mrs. David Jobling (Birsthwith)
  24. Mr. & Mrs. Graham Keddie (Follifoot)
  25. Dr. Abdullah Kraam (Wakefield)
  26. Mr. Andrew Keighly & Mrs. Heather Stapleton (Harrogate)
  27. Mr. Tony Lee (London) & Mrs. Renna Benson (Knaresborough)
  28. Mr. David Lees (Wetherby)
  29. Major & Mrs. Derrick Locke (Harrogate)
  30. Longman, Judith (July 2016)
  31. Mr. & Mrs. Douglas McFarlane (Harrogate)
  32. Mr. & Mrs. Peter McNamara (Harrogate)
  33. Mr. & Mrs. David Morris (Harrogate)
  34. Mr. & Mrs. Peter Murphy (Ackworth)
  35. Mrs. Christa Neumeister (Leeds)
  36. Dr. Philip O’Conner  & Ms. Faith Winter (Harrogate)
  37. Miss. Rhiannon Owen (Huddersfield)
  38. Mr. & Mrs. Simon Pratt (Harrogate)
  39. Mrs. Lynne Preston (Ilkley)
  40. Mr. & Mrs. Fred Price (Harrogate)
  41. Dr. & Mrs. David Scullion, (Harrogate)
  42. Mr. & Mrs. John Shore (Harrogate)
  43. Mr. Tony Stanier & Mrs. Jackie Lyles
  44. Drs. Alisdair & Elma Stewart (Harrogate)
  45. Ms. Jane Trewhella (Otley)
  46. Mr. & Mrs. Les Wilson (Harrogate)
  47. Mrs. Carole Wood (Ackworth)
  48. Dr. Nicola Young (Leeds)

Life Members (9)

  1. Dr. Tony Coral (London)
  2. Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Dias (Harrogate)
  3. Mrs. Shirley Hanson (Halifax)
  4. Prof. & Mrs. Charles Joslin (Harrogate)
  5. Mrs. Gwynneth Owen (Leeds)
  6. Dr. & Mrs. Michael Vaughan (Pontefract)


  1. Mr. & Mrs. Nick Dias, London (September 2015)
  2. Dr. Rebecca Chave-Cox, Leeds (September 2015)
  3. Hill, Nigel (August 2016)
  4. Longman, Judith (August 2016)
  5. Lynne Preston, Ilkley (November 2015)
  6. Prof. & Mrs. David Dodwell
  7. Guthrie, Ashley (Dr) – August 2016


  1. *Allegrini La Grolla, Veneto
  2. *Antinori Badia a Passignano 2001, Tuscany
  3. Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010
  4. Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear
  5. Barbadillo Pedro Ximanez La Cila
  6. Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2013, Patagonia
  7. Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora 2013
  8. Champagne Bruno Paillard NV
  9. Champagne Comte de Senneval Brut
  10. Champagne Henriot Brut Souverin NV
  11. Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet Cuis Premier Cru NV
  12. Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet Rose de Blancs NV
  13. Chamonix Reserve White 2013
  14. Chateau Miraval Rose 2013, Provence
  15. Ch. Michelle Sparkling NV, Washington State
  16. Chateau Reynella McLaren Vale Basket Press Shiraz 2008 (15)
  17. Ch. Ste Michelle Columbia Syrah 2012, Washington State
  18. Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
  19. Ch Lyonnat Lussac Saint-Émilion 2009
  20. Ch. Cantenac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012
  21. Ch. Carteau Cotes Daugay 2009
  22. Ch. Trimoulet 2004
  23. Chteau Bernateau 2007
  24. Vieux Ch. Pelletan Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2002
  25. Ch. Ripeau Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2009
  26. Ch. Couspaude Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2007
  27. *Candido Cassio Dione 2008, IGT Salento
  28. Cave Saint-Verny Puy de Dome Pinot Noir 2013, Auvergne
  29. Domaine Brusset Cairanne Hommage a Andre Brusset 2012
  30. Ermita del Conde 2013, Castilla y Leon
  31. Graham’s Six Grapes Port
  32. Guigal Condrieu 2013 (16.5)
  33. Guigal St Joseph Blanc 2014 (16)
  34. Guigal St Joseph Rouge 2012 (15)
  35. Guigal Hermitage Blanc 2008 (14.5)
  36. Guigal Hermitage Rouge 2010 (17)
  37. Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2010 (17)
  38. Guigal Chateau d’Ampuis 2000 (17)
  39. Guigal La Turque 2006 (18)
  40. Hugel Gentil: The wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called “Gentil”. It is supposed to have the ‘spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Sylvaner.’ I have never found it terribly exciting. (14)
  41. Hugel Muscat Tradition 2013
  42. Hugel Estate Riesling 2012: Expertly made with 100% estate grapes, it has keen acidity, good fruit and mouthfeel and is a good example of a wine made in a dry vintage. Delightful and a good buy. (15.5)
  43. Hugel Riesling Jubilee 2008: Fruit from Grand Cru Schoenenbourg. Crisp, complex, and poised. Still a little tight but is lovely. It is the kind of wine that restores one’s faith in Riesling. (16.5)
  44. Hugel Riesling Jubilee 2009: Rich, creamy and fine. Great potential. A ‘must buy’ wine. (17)
  45. Hugel Jubilee Gewurtztraminer 2009: Grand Cru Sporen fruit. Restricted aromatics and sugar level makes an elegant and expressive wine similar to the lovely Gewurtztraminer from New Zealand’s Seifried Estate. (17)
  46. Hugel Gewurtztraminer Vendange Tardive 2007: An early, dry vintage. Lovely, sweet, rich wine with botrytis. (17)
  47. Hugel Gewurtztraminer  Selection de Grains Nobles 2002: Dark yellow. Botrytis. Rich, very sweet (160 g/l residual sugar) and fabulous. (17.5)
  48. Ixsir, Altitudes Rose 2013, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
  49. Jackson Estate La Crema Sonoma Pinot Noir 2013
  50. Joseph Cattin Cremant d’Alsace Rose
  51. Joseph Cattin Cremant d’Alsace Brut en magnum
  52. Joseph Cattin, Cremant D’Alsace Grande Cuvée 2010 (14)
  53. Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  54. Ken Forrester Petit Rose 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  55. Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
  56. La Rioja Alta 904, 2005It is good old fashioned, complex & long Rioja with good acidity, fruit and soft tannins but not the sort of wine that would please those who are brought up on jammy new  world shiraz. (16.5) November 2015
  57. Lagar da Costa Albarino 2014
  58. Lagar de Cervera Albarino 2014
  59. Marques de Murrieta Blanco Capellaria Rioja 2010
  60. Mt. Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2013
  61. Omero Pinot Gris 2013, Oregon
  62. Peller Sandhill Cabernet Merlot Vanesa Vineyard, Canada
  63. Peller Red Rooster Pinot Gris 2012, Canada
  64. Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28, 2008
  65. Penfolds Bin 128, 2005
  66. Penfolds Grange 1989
  67. Penfolds Bin 138, 2006
  68. Penfolds Bin 389, 1998
  69. Penfolds St Henri 2007
  70. Penfolds RWT 2001
  71. Peter Lehmann Wigan Eden Valley Riesling 2010 (17)
  72. Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon 2010 (16)
  73. Peter Lehmann Mentor Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (16.5)
  74. Peter Lehmann ‘VSV Blesing’ Barossa Shiraz 2012 (17)
  75. Peter Lehmann 1885 Barossa Shiraz 2009 (18)
  76. Peter Lehmann Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2007 (17.5)
  77. Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico 2013
  78. Quinta Nova Pomares Branco 2014, Douro
  79. Rene Mure Pinot Gris 1999 Gran Cru Vorbourg, Alsace
  80. Roll Gassmann Terroir des Chateaux 2012 (£10.50)
  81. Rolly Gassmann Auxerroise Moenchreben 2013 (£11.95)
  82. Rolly Gassmann Riesling Pflanzerreben 2010 (£26.00)
  83. Rolly Gassmann Pinot Gris Reserve 2007 (£24)
  84. Rolly Gassmann Musacat Muenchreben SGN 2003 (£85)
  85. Rolly Gassmann Gewürztraminer Oberer Weingarten SGN 1994 (£85)
  86. Seifried Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc Lighter 2014
  87. Seifried Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  88. Seifried Estate Riesling 2014
  89. Seifried Estate Gruner Veltliner 2013
  90. Seifried Estate Pinot Gris 2012
  91. Seifried Aotea Nelson Gewurztraminer 2014
  92. Seifried Nelson Bay Würzer 2014
  93. Seifried Aotea Nelson Chardonnay 2013
  94. Seifried Nelson Bay Zweigelt 2011
  95. Seifried Aotea Nelson Pinot Noir 2012
  96. Seifried Nelson Sweet Agnes Riesling 2013
  97. Skilogalee Shiraz Cabernet 2007, Trevarrick Single Contour, Clare Valley, Australia*Schoffit Pinot Gris 2002 Grand Gru Rangen, Alsace
  98. Schuchmann Mtsvane 2013
  99. Te Mata Estate Syrah 2013
  100. Tio Pepe En Rama 2016
  101. Trapiche Terroir Series SV Malbec Finca Ambrosia 2010
  102. Thelema Rabalais 2009
  103. Trimbach, Riesling, Selection de Vieilles Vignes 2011
  104. Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2014: 30% auxerrois. Crisp, uncomplicated wine with good fruit. (15.5)
  105. Trimbach Riesling Classic 2014: Austere, lean, acidic and uninspiring. (14.5)
  106. Trimbach Riesling Reserve 2012: From 45 year old vines. Steely but elegant. (15.5)
  107. Trimbach Riesling “Cuvée Frédéric Emile” 2009: Rich complex and immensely appealing. (17)
  108. Trimbach “Clos St-Hune” 2009: The fruit comes from a 1.67 ha parcel on Rosacker vineyard in the village of Hunawihr. The vineyard has been in the Trimbach family for over 200 years. The south, south-east facing vines are on average 50 years old and lie on a predominantly limestone subsoil giving the wine remarkable fruit concentration and minerality. The annual production is 8,000 bottles on average and the wine is aged for 5 years before release. Some say it is the greatest Riesling on earth. The 2009 is perfumed, soft, rich, complex and has great poise. Ann Trimbach said: “It is the soil that makes the wine. We do not do anything special.” (18.5)
  109. Trimbach Pinot Gris 2010: Rich and lovely with a hint of sweetness. The kind of wine I like with foie gras. (17)
  110. Trimbach Gewurztraminer Classic 2013: Pale, aromatic wine with 9g/l residual sugar. (15.5)
  111. Trimbach Riesling Vendanges Tardives 2002: Rich, sweet, botrytised and fabulous. (18)
  112. Umani Ronchi Campo S. Giorgio Rosso Conero Riserva DOCG 2009


  1. Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear
  2. Barbadillo En Rama
  3. Barbadilo Principe Dry Amontillado
  4. Barbadillo Obisco Gascon Palo Cortado
  5. Barbadillo Cuco Dry Oloroso
  6. Barbadillo La Cilla Pedro Ximanez
  7. Brown Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  8. Brown Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  9. Chakana Malbec 2014
  10. Chakana Estate Malbec 2014
  11. Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2013
  12. Chakana Ayni Malbec, Paraje Altamira 2014
  13. Champagne Beaumont de Crayeres Grande Réserve Brut NV £15.55 per bottle
  14. Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet, Cuis 1 er Cru Brut NV  – (84 bottles @ £19.14, Armit)
  15. Ch. Ste Michelle Columbia Syrah 2012, Washington State
  16. Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim 2004 – (2 cases @ £98.64 per case of 6. Fells))
  17. Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 – (2 cases @ £102.93 per case of 6. Fells))
  18. Graham’s Tawny Ports Special Case (2 cases @ £175.84 per case of 6. Fells)
  19. Guigal Condrieu 2013
  20. Guigal St. Joseph Blanc
  21. Guigal St Joseph Rouge
  22. Guigal Hermitage Rouge
  23. Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde
  24. Hugel Gentil
  25. Hugel Classic Riesling
  26. Hugel Classic Pinot Blanc
  27. Hugel Classic Gewurztraminer
  28. Hunter’s Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  29. Hunter’s Riesling 2015
  30. Hunter’s Kaho Roa 2015
  31. Hunter’s Chardonnay 2012
  32. Hunter’s Pinot Noir 2013
  33. Joseph Cattin Cremant Brut Rose NV (4 cases)
  34. Joseph Cattin Cremant Grande Cuvee 2010 (3 cases)
  35. Joseph Cattin Cremant Emotion NV (5 cases)
  36. Joseph Cattin Pinot Noir Steinbach 2011 (6 cases)
  37. Klein Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (18 bottles)
  38. Lagar de Cervera 2014 Albariño, Galicia – (24 bottles @ £9.18, Armit)
  39. Lagar Da Costa Albarino 2014 (12 bottles)
  40. La Rioja Alta 2008 Viña Alberdi Reserva, Rioja – (36 bottles @ £11.03, Armit)
  41. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 980, 2001 – (12 bottles @ £68.46 each from Armit Wines in September 2015)
  42. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904, 2005
  43. Marimar Torres Acero Chardonnay 2013 –  £54.86 per case of 6 (equivalent bottle price £9.15)
  44. Marimar Torres La Masia Chardonnay 2010 – £63.18 per case of 6 (equivalent bottle price £10.53)
  45. Marimar Torres Albarino 2013 – £58.22 per case of 6 equivalent bottle price £9.71)
  46. Marimar Torres La Masia Pinot Noir 2009 – £71.50 per case of 6 equivalent bottle price £11.92)
  47. Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Casablanca   £7.57 per bottle
  48. Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – (24 bottles @ £32.90 each from Laytons in September 2015)
  49. Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
  50. 2012 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau St. Michelle, Washington State –  (24 bottles @ £15.55, Enotria)
  51. Seifried Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc Lighter 2014 (6 bottles @ £8.31. Fells)
  52. Seifried Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (24 bottles @ £10.30. Fells)
  53. Seifried Estate Riesling 2014 (18 bottles @ £9.26. Fells)
  54. Seifried Estate Pinot Gris 2012 (6 bottles @ £9.26. Fells)
  55. Seifried Aotea Nelson Gewurztraminer 2014 (18 bottles @ £12.52. Fells)
  56. Seifried Aotea Nelson Chardonnay 2013 (12 bottles @ £13.39. Fells)
  57. Seifried Aotea Nelson Pinot Noir 2012 (12 bottles @ £15.69. Fells)
  58. Seifried Estate Gruner Veltliner 2013 (6 bottles @ £9.26. Fells)
  59. Seifried Nelson Bay Würzer 2014 (6 bottles @ £9.26. Fells)
  60. Seifried Nelson Sweet Agnes Riesling 2013 (6 bottles @ £11.36. Fells)
  61. Tahbilk Marsanne 2014
  62. Torre de Ona Reserva 2012
  63. Torres Vina Esmeralda
  64. Torres Gran Vina Sol
  65. Torres Gran Coronas
  66. Torres Gran Sangre de Torro
  67. Tio Pepe En Rama 2016
  68. Vergelegen Premium Sauvignon Blanc (30 bottles)
  69. Vergelegen Premium Unoaked Chardonnay (24 bottles)
  70. Vergelegen Premium Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (48 bottles)
  71. William Fevre Chablis 2013 (36 bottles)


Wine Tour Of Alsace & Champagne, October 2015

  • “A very belated thank you for such a wonderful, interesting and enjoyable trip. Both Renna and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, not only for the wines, which were truly splendid, but also for the food including the delicious picnics, and the wonderful scenery and accommodation.
    The amount of time and effort you must have spent to organise it must have been immense, but the final result was excellent. Well done and once again our thanks.” – Tony (Lee) & Renna (Benson), 21 October
  • “Now I’ve come down to earth, I would like to say a big thank you for the wonderful golden days we spent in France a week ago.
    I for one am privileged to have experienced the many excellent wineries and restaurants we visited and know these events would not be possible without all your hard work and forward planning, so thank you again Bernard. And as they say ‘here’s to the next time ‘.
    – Jane Greenwood, Leeds, 17 October
  • “it was a wonderful tour, thank you.” – Jackie Lyles, 15 October
  • “Thank you so much for a another super adventure. It was so well researched and everything just went so smoothly. It was good to try new Champagne/wine houses such as Joseph Cattin and to visit some favourites again such as Hugel who were so generous with their wines for our “big Auberge de L’ Ill dinner” also Pierre Gimmonet, who made us so welcome, as always and the delicious lunch he arranged for us. His champagnes are always a must on our visits.

    The Hotel Schoenenbourgh in Riquewihr was very comfortable and in an ideal place to go into the town with just a short walk home after dinner, what a beautiful historic town it is. Then our visit to Reims and the old friend Hotel de la Paix, although on arrival it was too late for hitting the shops, but the following day we were able to buy some goodies, whey hey!  What a beautiful city it is and it looked wonderful with the autumn colours, it is a very special place. Thanks also to our excellent drivers, Peter and Michael who drove us so well. The crossing was very smooth too, how did you manage that Bernard? It was very enjoyable and instructive many many thanks.” – Ann (Joslin), Harrogate, 12 October

  • “Dear Bernard
    Another attempted verse:
    A vast Leviathon, on Sunday morn, disgorges its stock on Les’s lawn
    The two guardians of this beast, Mike and Pete, look on with great relief
    Their charge has completed its task and is not broke beneath the weight.
    HMWS has struck again and returns with spoils gained under its leader
    Not Alexander, nor Caesar or such generals but with Dias in the lead
    So praise him for his efforts and all hail
    For with Bernard’s banner to the fore, we shall never fail.
    Bonium Vinum Laetificat Cor Hominis
    All the best
    – John A (Salisbury), 12 October
  • “Before we embarked on our tour, I knew it would be a very enjoyable experience but I never imagined how fabulous it would turn out to be…and all down to you, of course –  your expertise in choosing the fascinating winemakers we visited and the many excellent restaurants we ate in, the comfortable hotels we stayed in and especially your tireless efforts to give us all the most wonderful experiences possible.
    It really isn’t possible to fully express my great appreciation for the massive amount of preparation involved in such an enterprise or for your dedication to every organisational detail during our journey, so I will – most inadequately – say ‘Thank you Bernard’.”
    – Gail (Bent), Harrogate, 12 October
  • “From Jackie and I a special thank you for another wonderful trip with HMWS. Alsace was amazing and the producers visited excellent. Our reception in every instance made you feel like very special visitors , tastings of the highest order. Champagne reminded us once again of  the high regard the HMWS members and yourself are held, again excellent presentations and excellent opportunities  to make purchases. Highlights are many but for us the outstanding memory  must be the visit to the three star Auberge de I’ll restaurant, an experience we will long remember. Of course all these things don’t just happen and we all owe you the biggest vote of thanks for the many hours of planning that must go into these trips/holidays exceptional. So once again our thanks, we look forward to many more “happy Hours” touring with HMWS.
    – Tony Stanier, Wakefield, 12 October
  • “Ann & I  thank you for another great trip to Alsace &  Champagne this month visiting welcoming wine makers and tasting good wines at all sites. The accommodation and weather were very good,  the outstanding tastings, for us, were at Trimbach on 5th October and the two champagne tastings on 9th, at Bruno Paillard and at Pierre Gimonnet.  The meal at Auberge de I’ill was also outstanding but not quite as good as at an earlier visit.
    We thank the many people who made up the party for their company  and for accepting us into the happy group who were well driven by Michael & Peter from Abbots of Leeming.
    Wild life sightings do not interest the majority but the more interesting were Hummingbird  Hawk moths in Riquewihr, Short- toed tree creepers and a black (melanistic ) Red Squirrel seen as we drove up out of the Vosge mountains on the 10th October and the two Hobby Falcons in Alsace, the Hen Harrier and Black throated Diver seen in Northern France on the 10th near to the Belgian Border.
    We all appreciate the effort and time you put into arranging these trips which allow us to see people and places  out of bounds to most,  and thank Peter and Les for their important help on this trip.
    I really hope you will relax in the days before your busy weekend in London.
    Regards. ” –  Stephen (Cameron), Pick Hill, 11 October
  • “Thank you for a super trip.  Excellent hotels and tastings.  I thought the ‘light’ lunch at the restaurant in Riquewihr was great. Also thanks to Michael and Peter for being such good and patient drivers.
    Best wishes.”
    – Jane (Trewhella), Otley, 11 October
  • “Thank you Bernard for organising yet another most worthwhile and splendid trip. Everything went like clockwork, with visits to our old favourites (Hugel, Trimbach & Josmeyer) producing outstanding and informative tastings. For Gloria and I, the ‘find’ of the trip was our visit and tasting of lovely Cremant at Cattin. We return tired,overly full of some wonderful food and  exhilarated by the overall experience. Many many thanks for all your hard work and contacts input, to making it all possible and a resounding success.”
    – Douglas & Gloria (McFarlane), Harrogate, 11 October
  • “I can confirm that the holiday was both enjoyable and informative.
    We loved it.
    Thank you for the experience.
    We learn so much and visit the unexpected.” – Pat & John Shore, Harrogate, 11 October
  • “A lovely letter from David.
    Once again thank you so much for a wonderful tour.” – John & Pat Shore, Harrogate, 11 October
  • “The Alsace and Champagne tour was as good as ever, again with superb organisation, good quality tastings and welcoming hosts. Riquewihr in glorious autumn colours is beautiful. HMWS is also about fine dining and the evening at Auberge de L’Ill at Illhaeusern was a memorable highlight. Thank you for excellent planning, agreeable company and the two well-chosen hotels.” –  Alisdair and Elma (Stewart), Harrogate, 11 October
  • “Thank YouBernard for organising such a superb trip to Alsace and Reims. We had a really good trip. Alsace lived up to my expections. The tastings were really good. Riems as always excellent, superb champagnes and gorgeous shops and resturants. Thank You so much for all your hard work and dedications to produce such wonderful trips. Best Regards.” –  Carol and Peter Murphy, Ackworth, 11 October
  • “Having viewed the tweet totally agree it was superb. We really appreciated and enjoyed the champagnes, it is clearly obvious that this is a man at the top of his field prepared to push the boundaries to produce exquisite champagnes. Also for being so very generous with his time and champagnes at our last tasting. It was an absolute honour that he produced the 1961 champagne for us to try. Thank You Bernard for arranging the tasting and Thank You Didier for presenting such beautiful champagnes.” –  Carol and Peter Murphy, 9 October
  • “The Ultimate Visit”. The last visit this trip, & none better.
    – Douglas (McFarlane), 9 October
  • “Thank you so much for visiting our Winery today! We hope you found the wine which was delivered to your hotel this afternoon. Please let me know if you have any questions!
    We look forward to seeing you soon.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip,
    – Anaïs SIROP CATTIN, Maison Cattin, Alsace, 7 October
    “It was so nice to see you again and thank you for your warm welcome (and for the aperitif). I was also happy to see many familiar and friendly faces! I was particularly touched by your kind words and the tribute from your group, not to mention the witty poem, mischievously read and signed…Please excuse my not being able to stay for dinner, the spirit was more than willing but the flesh, according to my doctors, is still a bit too weak…I hope the evening went well for you all and that you were able to locate your missing drivers in time. I drove around the village but could not see them, so presumably they headed back for the hotel to await your text message. More fools them as I know that their special menu at l’Auberge de l’Ill would have been far superior to anything they managed to find for themselves… ! For Pierre and I, it was a great pleasure to have been of some assistance in the planning of your trip to Alsace. We are so glad it all went well. Even after my retirement, please remember you have friends here in Alsace who are always at your disposal, so please never hesitate to contact us. I do not know how to thank you for the gifts you gave me, you really are too kind and they are totally unmerited. Graham’s 20 year old is my favourite port (especially since our visit this summer), and Janneau XO Royal is simply magic… Regretfully because of my little health scare I was not able to spend as much time with you as I would have liked, but please let me know when you will both be in Alsace next, or even passing through, as Mimi and I would be so happy to welcome you “chez nous” for lunch or dinner. Bon voyage, merci beaucoup, and see you soon in Harrogate or in Eguisheim! Kindest regards and every good wish,” – David (LING), EGUISHEIM, 7 October


  1. Antinori Badia a Passignano
  2. Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear
  3. Dow’s Fine White Port
  4. Graham’s 20 YO Tawny
  5. Hunter’s Pinot Noir
  6. Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc
  7. Ken Forrester FMC
  8. Mt. Horrocks Semillon
  9. Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon
  10. Niepoort Docil
  11. Pieropan La Rocca
  12. Torres Gran Coronas
  13. Torres Mas la Plana
  14. Warwick Trilogy

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