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…

The Georgian Supra


Georgia, nestled between the Black Sea and the wild Caucasian Mountains is a beautiful country. It is hard not to fall in love with this ancient land where wine originated 8000 years ago. Georgians love their food and wine and have elevated eating and drinking to a fine art. They call it the Supra. Recently, UNESCO…

Tasting Alsace Vintage 2014


2014 was an exceptional year for Alsace – perhaps the greatest some of us have ever seen for Riesling. The 2014 wines are in the classic mould with glorious fresh acidity that will ensure they have a long life ahead of them. It may be difficult to resist them now, though!     Harrogate Medical Wine Society…

Long Liquid Lunch – 2


  The Long Liquid Lunch is an annual gourmet food & wine event of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. Venues and chefs change for each event which is restricted to fourteen members at a time. Each participating couple provides two bottles of fine wine to accompany their chosen dish of a four-course meal. Wines are…

Christmas 2016


Christmas 2016 was celebrated in London. I drove down from Yorkshire on the twenty third and went to the ballet – the stunning Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. The bars on all floors of the theatre were packed and happy, smiling people were sipping Chateau de Blingy. The two hour show started at half past…

HMWS Christmas Lunch 2016


Fifty nine members and guests attended the Society’s 2016 Christmas Lunch held on Sunday 11 December at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate.     They started to arrive at eleven in the morning, sipped champagne and mingled, chatted and laughed. Some bought tickets for the annual Christmas Raffle. Lunch was served at midday. Wines were…