Year 29 In The HMWS

Year 29 of the HMWS

The 29th “Academic Year” of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society commences on 1st September 2019. The Society will continue to maintain the established high standards of quality tastings, exciting wine tours and sourcing fine wine for members at bargain prices. But there are new challenges to be faced. Falling attendance at tastings is becoming a serious problem. Cost may be one determining factor. Some members have expressed the wish for more ‘technical’ tastings of new and rare top-end wines without meals.

Having considered members’ comments and suggestions, the following changes will be introduced from 1st September 2019:

  • Monthly interactive tutored tastings will continue with only 6 highest quality wines. Background reading will be essential to get the maximum from the events
  • There will be no ‘wine on arrival’ served routinely at HMWS tastings. Beverages can be purchased from the Masonic Lodge bar if necessary
  • The tasting will be followed by a two course supper, usually without wine. This reduces the cost of the event by £5 pp on average. Members who wish to have a glass or two of wine with their meal are free to BYO. Corkage will not be charged. Two ‘tasting only’ places will be available at each event for those who do not require a meal after the tasting
  • Small Group Technical Tastings without a presenter or food will continue to be held
  • Wine/culture tours will be arranged if requested by Members who should ensure that minimum group size requirements (20 for a coach tour) are met
  • Hedonist will continue to be published daily bringing members Society news as well as relevant publications from the wine world
  • The annual membership fee will remain unchanged at £15 pp.
  • ‘Free first year membership for new members’ will be abolished
  • The Society’s wine offers and tours are for members only
  • Guests are welcome at tastings, lunch and dinners but a surcharge of £5 pp is payable
  • Reservations for HMWS events are accepted only with a non-refundable £15 deposit. Balance payment should be made 4 weeks before the event. A 10% discount is available for early purchase of tickets. Refunds are offered only if tickets are re-sold

September 2019

  • Membership: 72 including 18 Life Members. Entry to “Introduce A New Member” free raffle started
  • Tastings: “Wines Of The Way” presented by member Tony Lee
  • Tasting Discount: 10% discount for early purchase of events tickets introduced
  • Wine Offers: There were 3 wine offers and Members have ordered 13 cases

October 2019

At the Thymiopoulos tasting

  • Tastings: “Thymiopoulos – Godfather of Xin” was attended by 23 Members and a guest. A subsidy of £129.80 was required
  • Tours: Romania Tour in spring 2020 was finalized
  • Wine Offers: There were 4 offers. Members purchased 55 bottles through the Society

(Members’ Attendance (24, 30.76%): Renna Benson – Buckley, Rob – Buckley, Pauline – Dias, Bernard – Dias, Ramani – Goldsmith, Steven – Goldsmith, Julie – Greenwood, Jane – Guthrie, A – Hanney, I – Hanney, R – Joslin, Charles – Joslin, Ann – Kalmanovitch, Debo – Lee, Tony – Lees, David – McFarlane, D – McFarlane, G – Murphy, Peter – Murphy, Carol – Stewart, Alisdair – Stewart, Elma – Trewhella, Jane – Wilson, Les)

November 2019

  • Membership: remains at 78. No new members were introduced
  • Tastings: Two tastings – “Getting To Know Valpolicella” and the second small group tasting – Quinta da Fonte Souto were held
  • Attendance: (34, 43.58%)
  • Christmas Lunch & Raffle: 24 members (30.76% of the membership) and 3 guests have reservations for this December event. 7 members bought 5 tickets each for the Christmas Raffle
  • Wine Offers: 9 offers were made and the Society sourced 258 bottles for members from 5 of the offers. Samas Isola dei Nuraghi 2018 and Quinta da Fonte Souto Branco 2017 were the two outstanding buys
  • The Blog: There were 3070 views by 705 visitors. 3 Posts were published
  • Accounts: HMWS Current account closing balance is £56.64. This excludes payments received for tastings/lunches and tours. Members’ Credit Account holds £2498.05

(Members’ Attendance (34, 43.58%↑): Buckley, Rob – Greenwood, Jane – Trewhella, Jane – Stewart, Alisdair – Stewart, Elma, Ian & Elizabeth Botwright, – Pratt, Simon & Sue – Joslin, Charles & Ann – Alan Chapman, David & Pat Durrant, Ashley Guthrie, John & Pat Shore, Gail Bent, Steven & Julie Goldsmith, Ivan & Ros Hanney, Douglas & Gloria McFarlane, Peter & Carol Murphy, Les & Mandy Wilson, David Lees, Debo Kalmanovitch, Stephen & Ann Cameron, Bernard & Ramani Dias)

December 2019

  • Membership: 75
  • Wine Events: Christmas Lunch, attended by 25 members (33.3% of membership) and 2 guests
  • Wine: There was one wine offer. 4 cases were bought. 2 new wines were tasted
  • Blog: There were 2334 views by 542 visitors from 35 countries
  • Accounts: The Current Account balance is £8.48. Members’ Credit Account holds £2079.28

*Attendance (25, ↓33.3%): Gail Bent, Rob & Pauline Buckley, Ian & Elizabeth Botwright, Stephen & Ann Cameron, Tony Coral & Helen Kerr, Bernard & Ramani Dias, Jane Greenwood, Charles & Ann Joslin, Tony Lee & Renna Benson, Douglas & Gloria McFarlane, Iain Morle & Debo Kalmanovitch, John & Pat Shore, Alisdair & Elma Stewart, Jane Trewhella

January 2020

  • Membership: 78 including 2 new members
  • Wine Events: Chablis Masterclass
  • New Wines Tasted: 7
  • Wine Offers: 3
  • Wines Bought By Members: 12 cases
  • The Blog:
  • Accounts:

Attendance: (29, 38.6%) Bent, Gail, Ian & Carol Bexon, Ian & Elizabeth Botwright, I, Stephen & Ann Cameron, Bernard & Ramani Dias, David & Patricia Durrant, Peter Goulding, Steven Goldsmith, Ashley Guthrie, Charles & Ann Joslin, David Lees, Douglas & Gloria McFarlane, Ian Morle & Debo Kalmanovitch, Simon & Sue Pratt, John & Pat Shore, Alisdair & Elma Stewart, Les & Mandy Wilson

February 2020

  • Membership: 78
  • Wine Events: “German Pinot Noir” presented by Rob Buckley
  • New Wines Tasted: 6
  • Wine Offers: 2
  • Wines Bought By Members: 16 cases
  • The Blog: There were 1763 views. 3 posts were published

March 2020

March was the first month of Corvid-19 global calamity and Lockdown. HMWS cancelled all 2020 wine events, wine orders and tours and refunded members’ payments to the Society. Ian Botwright volunteered to handle wine deliveries from Ripon and the first order of 15 cases from Fells was completed successfully. The Blog registered 1944 views.

April 2020

  • Wine: 8 offers were made. Members purchased 4 cases. Delivery (which included March orders) was handled by Ian Botwright
  • Blog: There were 1577 views. One post was published

May 2020

  • Wine: The Society sourced 39 cases of wine for 9 members from 2 UK suppliers. Delivery & collection was handled by Ian Botwright
  • The Blog: There were 1775 views by 423 visitors

June 2020

There were no wine events due to the Pandemic. 12 wine offers (54 wines) were made but no purchases were effected because of insufficient orders. The Blog registered 1202 views by 398 visitors from 41 countries. It has 247 Followers worldwide. HMWS membership remained unchanged at 78 with 19 Life Members.

(Updated 1 July 2020)

Membership (78)

Life Members (19)

  1. Botwright, Ian (Ripon) (Dec.)
  2. Botwright, Elizabeth (Ripon) (Dec.)
  3. Cameron, Stephen (Pick Hill) (Dr) (Dec.)
  4. Cameron, Ann (Pick Hil) (Dec.)
  5. Coral, Tony (London) (Dr) (Dec.)
  6. Dias, Bernard (Harrogate) (Dr) (Dec.)
  7. Dias, Ramani (Harrogate) (Dec.)
  8. Greenwood, Jane (Leeds) 12
  9. Heatley, June (Leeds)
  10. Joslin, Charles (Harrogate) (Prof) 12
  11. Joslin, Ann (Harrogate) 12
  12. Kerr, Helen (London) (Dec.)
  13. Morris, David (Surrey)
  14. Morris, Pat (Surrey)
  15. Owen, Gwynneth (Leeds)
  16. Stanier, Tony (Huddersfield)
  17. Stewart, Alisdair (Harrogate) (Dr) (Dec.)
  18. Stewart, Elma (Harrogate) (Dr) (Dec.)
  19. Wood, Carole (Ackworth) 

Members

  1. Armstrong, John (Salisbury) – 3 August 2019
  2. Benson, Renna (Knaresborough) – 2 July 2019 (12,
  3. Bent, Gail (Harrogate) – 7 August 2019 (Dec.)
  4. Beer, Malcolm (Harrogate) – 25 August 2019
  5. Beer, Joan (Harrogate) – 25 August 2019
  6. Bexon, Carol (Harrogate) 3 August 2019
  7. Bexon, Ian (Harrogate) 3 August 2019
  8. Blow, Anita – 6 August 2019
  9. Booth, Jill – 18 August 2019
  10. Booth, Paul – 18 August 2019
  11. Buckley, Rob (Leeds) – 3 July 2019 (Dec.)
  12. Buckley, Pauline (Leeds) – 3 July 2019 (Dec.)
  13. Chapman, Alan (Leeds) – 11 August 2019
  14. Chave-Cox, Richard, (Harrogate) – 20 August 2019 (Dr) 
  15. Chave-Cox, Joan (Harrogate) – 20 August 2019
  16. Chave-Cox, Rebecca (Miss) (Leeds) – 20 August 2019 (Dr) 
  17. Connolly, Oliver (North Rigton) – 1 August 2019
  18. Durant, David (Harrogate) – 18 July 2019
  19. Durant, Patricia (Harrogate) – 18 July 2019
  20. Fox, Richard (Harrogate) – 23 August 2019
  21. Fox, Verity (Harrogate) – 23 August 2019
  22. Goldsmith, Julie (Harrogate) – 1 August 2019 (
  23. Goldsmith, Steven (Harrogate) – 1 August 2019 (
  24. Goulding, Peter (Harrogate) – (1 August 2019) (Dr)
  25. Guthrie, Ashley (Harrogate) – 21 August 2019 (Dr)
  26. Hanney, Ivan (Pontefract) 5 July 2019 (Dr)
  27. Hanney, Ros (Pontefract) 5 July 2019
  28. Hirschman, Peter (Harrogate) – 21 August 2019
  29. Jones, David (Wakefield) (Dr)
  30. Kalmanovitch, Debo (Harrogate) – Joined 9 August 2019 (Dr) (12,
  31. Morle, Iain (Harrogate) – Joined 9 August 2019 (Dr) (12,
  32. Keighly, Andrew (Harrogate) – 29 August 2019
  33. Kraam, Abdullah (Menston) 16 July 2019 (Dr)
  34. Khurana, Mo – 15 January 202(Dr)
  35. Lee, Tony (Knaresborough) – 2 July 2019 (12,
  36. Lees, David (Wetherby) – 3 August 2019
  37. Locke, Derrick (Harrogate) – 21 August 2019
  38. Longman, Judith – 23 August 2019
  39. Lyles, Jackie – 9 January 2020
  40. McFarlane, Douglas (Harrogate) – 6 August 2019 (12,
  41. McFarlane, Gloria (Harrogate) – 6 August 2019 (12,
  42. Murphy, Carol (Ackworth) – 1 August 2019
  43. Murphy, Peter (Ackworth) – 1 August 2019
  44. Neumeister, Christa (Menston) 16 July 2019
  45. Newland, Lesley (Wakefield) (Dr)
  46. Owen, Rhiannon (Huddersfield) – 3 August 2019
  47. Pratt, Simon (Leeds) 7July 2019
  48. Pratt, Sue (Leeds) 7 July 2019
  49. Preston, Lynne – 1 August 2019
  50. Price, Fred (Harrogate) – 9 August 2019
  51. Schuth, Dirk – 15 January 2020 (Dr)
  52. Scullion, David (Harrogate) – 27 August 2019 (Dr)
  53. Scullion, Sylvia (Harrogate) – 27 August 2019 (Dr)
  54. Shore, John (Harrogate) 22 July 2019 (12,
  55. Shore, Pat (Harrogate) 22 July 2019 (12,
  56. Stapleton, Heather (Harrogate) – 29 August 2019
  57. Trewhella, Jane (Otley) – 2 July 2019. (Dec.)
  58. Wilson, Les (Harrogate) – 10 August 2019
  59. Wilson, Mandy (Harrogate) – 10 August 2019