An Overdose Of Fine Wine


  Since arriving in Sri Lanka towards the end of January, I have had no wine except for a forgettable Australian Chardonnay and a Merlot at a party in February. But in Colombo last week, I was treated with more fine wine than I could drink in a month! The host, an over-generous and long…

On The Trail Of Ho Chi Minh


    Tony Lee & Renna Benson – members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society are on a tour of Indochina. This is their guest post from Vietnam     A forest of arms shot up into the air holding glasses from which liquid exploded upwards to the accompanying screams of the holders. Across from…

German Pinot Noir


Pinot noir, or Spätburgunder as it is more commonly known in Germanspeaking lands, is no new addition to Germany’s ever-evolving list of grape varieties. But until comparatively recently it was rarely made into anything more than a very light red of little merit. How things change! German pinot has come of age and recent vintages…

A Chablis Masterclass


First it was a vast sea. Then the water receded exposing layers of limestone clay embedded with countless  fossilized oyster shells…That was 180 million years ago                                                           …

Christmas Lunch 2019


It was a wet and windy December day but we gathered at the Masonic Hall today for the  2019 Christmas Lunch      There were 27 of us, twenty-four members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society and three guests. We sipped champagne in the Grand Hall. It was Marc Hebrart Premier Cru Cuvee de Reserve Brut…

Tasting The First Vintage Of Quinta da Fonte Souto


Quite da Fonte Souto in the Alto Alentejo close to the São Mamede mountains in southern Portugal is the Port giant Symington’s first venture outside their native Douro region. The 43 hectares of vines of the 207 hectare property of chestnut groves and cork oaks on schist and granite soils at an altitude of 490 to 550…