Year 27 In The HMWS


The 27th ‘academic’ year of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society commences on 1st September. Having taken on board the constructive comments on the future of the Society made by the membership, the following guidelines for the next twelve months were formulated:

  • Membership: Attempts should be made to attract more new, active members and it is hoped that all current members would do their best to achieve this
  • Membership Fees: Annual membership fee will be unchanged at £15 per person but the concession to couples is removed. Life Membership is £150 pp. It is assumed that all current members will renew their membership during the month of August
  • Wine Events: There will be at least one quality wine event every month – eight wine tastings, three seasonal tasting-lunches or dinners and an end of the year dinner dance, if there is enough interest
  • Wine Tastings: There will be a minimum of 8 tutored fine wine tastings held either at the Masonic Hall or Pannal Golf Club, subject to availability. St. Luke’s Hall and The Club are possible alternative venues. Tastings will be on the first Thursday of the month starting at 7 pm and will be followed by a two-course supper with a glass of wine. Whenever possible, places will be made available for the tasting only for those who do not require supper. Volunteers to conduct tastings in February and March will be needed
  • Tasting lunches/dinners: Lunches will be on the first Sunday of May and August and the Autumn Dinner with seasonal game will be in November at the Pannal Golf Club
  • Annual Dinner Dance: This will be a ‘Champagne Celebration’ on the Friday or Saturday after Christmas at the Pannal Golf Club or similar
  • Wine Tours: Quality wine tours will be arranged at members’ request
  • Sourcing wine for members: Despite the new ‘Alcohol Wholesale Regulation’ the Society will continue to source quality wines for members through Serendib Promotions – the wine buying arm of the Society, at trade prices on a weekly basis. The wine collection day and times are unchanged
  • HMWS Blog & Hedonist: These will be published as before and members’ contributions are welcome. Members are also urged to follow the Society of Twitter and Facebook
  • Cancellation Policy for Tasting Events: Cancellation up to a week before the event – Loss of deposit. A full refund will be made if the place is resold. No refund will be made if cancellation is in the final week
  • Cancellation of Tours: Loss of deposits paid

“Looking forward to another year of wonderful wine.” – Ian Bexon, Harrogate, 26 August 2017

September 2017

  • Wine Events: There were two wine events – “Wines of Brazil,” a tasting tutored by Nicholas Corfe of Go Brazil at the Masonic Hall and attended by 29 members and “Lunch With Jane Hunter” at the Pannal Golf Club attended by 30 members and 5 guests
  • Wines Tasted: 16 new wines were tasted
  • Wines Bought: 64 cases were purchased – 38 Hunter’s, 2 Torres Spain, 12 Tedeschi, 8 Douro, 2 Hugel and 2 Temata
  • Membership: There are 79 members including 6 new. 14 so far, have failed to renew their membership

October 2017

  • Wine Events: 1. Wines Of Mac Forbes. 2. Wine Tour – Champagne, Burgundy & the Rhone (21 – 29 October, 14 members)
  • Wines Tasted: 44
  • Wines Bought: 8 cases with 48 Riedel glasses
  • Membership: There are 89 members including 17 Life Members. Anita Blow joined the Society in October
  • The Blog: 10 posts were published. There were 5167 views in October from 1097 visitors. Blog stats stand at 126,250 hits. There are 500 followers world wide
  • Accounts: Opening balance was £602.53. Inflows were £827.83 and outflows were £317.90. The closing balance is £1112.46. Members’ credit account has a balance of £3593.86

November 2017

  • Wine Events: Autumn Lunch attended by 34 members at Pannal Golf Club. 2018 Rheingau wine tour sold out
  • Wines Tasted: 6 new wines tasted at the Autumn Lunch
  • Wines Bought: 48 bottles of Rioja from Armit for 3 members. Two cases of top-end Trimbach 2007 bought for a tasting in June 2018.

December 2017

In the absence of Arturo Garcia, Chris Mooney of Fells presented “Torres Chile” at the Pannal Golf Club. 11 new wines were tasted and Laytons Champagne (2 cases), Torres Chile, Stonecroft Syrah (4 cases) and La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 (10 cases) were purchased by members.

January 2018

The first tasting of the year – “High Grade Greeks” was held at the Masonic Hall on the 4th attended by 33 members. 7 wines were tasted. A selection of Boekenhoutskloof wines were purchased for a tasting in July. Two members attended the New Zealand Trade Tasting in London on 15th January. Wine offers included 2005 La Rioja Alta 890 en primeur, Warwick First Lady range, the new vintage of Torres Purgatori, Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2013, and Symingtons’ Douro range. 19 cases of wine were ordered. Adam Vear of the Masonic Hall introduced corkage charges for all wine events from March and Dr. Stephen Cameron made a donation towards such expenses. The March Wine Tour of Argentina was cancelled.

February 2018

  • Tastings: One tasting was held where 6 Greywacke wines were tasted at the Masonic Hall by 27 members and 4 guests
  • Wine Offers: Greywacke range, Pesquera, Guigal Cotes du Rhone and Sassicaia 2015, Hunter’s Pinot Noir 2014
  • Wines Tasted: 9 new wines were tasted (Greywacke, Cloudy Bay)
  • Wines Bought: Laytons delivered the 4 cases of Burgundy bought en primeur in November 2017. Fells Easter Offers: 18×6. Greywacke: 60 bottles. Total: 192 bottles
  • Wine Tours: Dr. Abdullah Kraam joined the September “Autumn In The Rheingau” wine tour
  • New Members: Drs. John & Bron Robinson joined the Society
  • Accounts: Greywacke tasting had a deficit of £34.88

Membership (91)

Life Members (17)

  1. Botwright, Ian (Ripon)
  2. Botwright, Elizabeth (Ripon)
  3. Cameron, Stephen (Pick Hill) (Dr)
  4. Cameron, Ann (Pick Hil)
  5. Coral, Tony (London) (Dr)
  6. Dias, Bernard (Harrogate) (Dr)
  7. Dias, Ramani (Harrogate)
  8. Greenwood, Jane (Leeds) October 2017
  9. Hanson, Shirley (Halifax)
  10. Heatley, June (Leeds) 23/4/17)
  11. Joslin, Charles (Harrogate) (Prof)
  12. Joslin, Ann (Harrogate)
  13. Owen, Gwynneth (Leeds)
  14. Stanier, Tony (Huddersfield)
  15. Stewart, Alisdair (Harrogate) (Dr)
  16. Stewart, Elma (Harrogate) (Dr)
  17. Vaughan, Brenda (Pontefract)


  1. Armstrong, John (Salisbury)
  2. Austin, Lucille (Harrogate)
  3. Bent, Gail (Harrogate)
  4. Benson, Renna (Knaresborough)
  5. Beer, Malcolm (Harrogate)
  6. Beer, Mrs. (Harrogate)
  7. Beswick, Una
  8. Bexon, Ian (Harrogate)
  9. Bexon, Carol (Harrogate)
  10. Blow, Anita (20 October 2017)
  11. Booth, Jill
  12. Booth, Paul
  13. Buckley, Rob (Leeds)
  14. Buckley, Pauline (Leeds)
  15. Butcher, Roy
  16. Chapman, Alan (Leeds)
  17. Chave-Cox, Richard, (Harrogate) (Dr) 
  18. Chave-Cox, Joan (Harrogate)
  19. Chave-Cox, Rebecca (Miss) (Leeds) (Dr) 
  20. Connolly, Oliver (North Rigton) (Joined 26/9/2017)
  21. Cunningham, Peter
  22. Dodwell, D (Harrogate) (Dr.)
  23. Dodwell, Mrs (Harrogate)
  24. Durant, David (Harrogate)
  25. Durant, Patricia (Harrogate)
  26. Guthrie, Ashley (Harrogate) (Dr)
  27. Fox, Richard (Harrogate)
  28. Fox, Verity (Harrogate)
  29. Gamble, Tony (Harrogate)
  30. Gamble, Sian (Harrogate)
  31. Goldsmith, Steven (Harrogate)
  32. Goldsmith, Julie (Harrogate)
  33. Goulding, Peter (Harrogate) (Dr)
  34. Jobling, David (Dr)
  35. Jobling, Jan
  36. Keddie, Graham (Follifoot)
  37. Keddie, Jean (Follifoot)
  38. Keighly, Andrew (Harrogate)
  39. Kraam, Abdullah (Leeds) (Dr)
  40. Lee, Tony (Knaresborough)
  41. Lees, David (Wetherby)
  42. Locke, Brigid (Harrogate)
  43. Locke, Derrick (Harrogate)
  44. Longman, Judith
  45. Lyles, Jackie (Huddersfield)
  46. McFarlane, Douglas (Harrogate)
  47. McFarlane, Gloria (Harrogate)
  48. McNamara, Peter
  49. McNamara, Helen
  50. Morris, David (Harrogate)
  51. Morris, Pat (Harrogate)
  52. Murphy, Carol (Ackworth)
  53. Murphy, Peter (Ackworth)
  54. Neumeister, Christa (Leeds)
  55. O’Conner, Phil (Harrogate) (Dr)
  56. Owen, Rhiannon (Huddersfield)
  57. Pratt, Simon (Leeds)
  58. Pratt, Sue (Leeds)
  59. Preston, Lynne
  60. Price, Fred (Harrogate)
  61. Robinson, John (Dr) (5 February 2018)
  62. Robinson, Bron (Dr.) (5 February 2018)
  63. Scullion, David (Harrogate) (Dr)
  64. Scullion, Sylvia (Harrogate) (Dr)
  65. Shore, John (Harrogate)
  66. Shore, Pat (Harrogate)
  67. Stapleton, Heather (Harrogate)
  68. Trewhella, Jane (Otley)
  69. Washer, Matthew (Harrogate)
  70. Washer, Karen (Harrogate) (joined 26/9/2017)
  71. Wilson, Les (Harrogate)
  72. Wilson, Mandy (Harrogate)
  73. Winter, Faith
  74. Wood, Carole (Ackworth)


Updated 15 February 2018