Letters From Sicily – 1. Catania


  This is the first of a series of letters from Tony Lee & Renna Benson who are touring Sicily      The old man (he must have been at least 80) grasped the ice cream cone and took a big lick before heading out into the night to join many other men and women…

Wines Of Henschke


Harrogate Medical Wine Society hosted a tasting of Henschke wines at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate   “Under the guidance of husband-and-wife team, Stephen and Prue Henschke, this medium sized producer in South Australia has become one of the country’s most-famed. Since 1979 Stephen has been the winemaker while Prue has diligently renewed the vineyard…

New Zealand Pinot Noir


    Robert Buckley presented a selection of fine Pinot Noir from different wine regions of New Zealand to members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society     New Zealand’s wine regions extend 1,600km (1000 miles) from sub-tropical Northland (36° S) down to Central Otago (46° S), home to the world’s most southerly vineyards. The vineyards…

Lebanon’s Finest Reds


  Wine has been made in Lebanon for at least 6,000 years. Modern Lebanese winemaking dates back to 1857, when Jesuit Monks planted Cinsault grape vines brought over from Algeria at Chateau Ksara in the Bekaa Valley. Today, there are over 30 wineries in Lebanon producing about 7 million bottles of wine per year. The Bekaa Valley…

Lunch At The Rose


The Rose is a Michelin starred restaurant in Bietigheim-Bissingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Last Sunday we  went there for lunch   We were eight in the group and had a small dinning room for ourselves. A slim young woman and a big young man looked after us. Both spoke English and recommended the set menu. A good…

Christmas Lunch 2018


  The 2018 Christmas Lunch of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society was held at Sasso Italian Restaurant in Harrogate on Sunday 9th December     Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV with Tartino di mousse di salmone e caviale (Tartlette of smoked salmon and caviar) was served to Members on arrival. Catarratto 2017 from Tasca D’Almarita…