Lunch With Jane Hunter


  Last Friday, Jane Hunter OBE came to lunch. She was in London to receive an award for her new sparkling wine Miru Miru Rosé and took the morning train from London to Pannal with Michael Robins – the Wholesale Director of Laytons Wine Merchants. I met them at the railway station and drove them…

Wines Of Brazil


    Nicholas Corfe of Go Brazil presented a selection of wines from Brazil to members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society   “Here at Go Brazil we have been working hard for more than seven years to raise the awareness of Brazilian wine, and continue to be the only specialist UK importer to do…

2017 Summer Lunch


The Summer Lunch is held to mark the end of the “academic year” of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society and as always, the accent is on wine rather than food – another occasion to enjoy good wine with friends and colleagues   Laurent-Perrier NV was served on arrival. The 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir 35 %…

Meerlust


The other day we tasted the full range of Meerlust Estate wines. Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been in the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument. Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family…

Tasting Top-end Wines of Quinta do Crasto


I first visited Quinta do Crasto, high above the Douro River, in June 2016. It is a beautiful place with a stunning infinity pool. I enjoyed walking in the vineyards, seeing the immaculately kept winery and cellars with suspended barrels, and drank delightful Douro whites and reds at lunch on the terrace. The Bacalhau was the best…

Tasting Chakana With Sophie Jump


  Chakana is the Andean name for the Southern Cross. Chakana winery, founded on the day the Southern Cross reached its perfectly vertical position in the night sky in Argentina – 2nd May 2002, is located in Mendoza and the high altitude vineyard which includes several blocks of 100 year old Malbec is in Lujan…

Thoughts On Sauvignon Blanc


Yesterday was World Sauvignon Blanc Day   I presume you sipped a glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc yesterday. I am not a lover of the varietal but anyway, uncorked or rather twisted the Stelvin off a bottle of 2014 Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc from Chile’s Casablanca Valley and had a glass before lunch.…