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…

Getting To Know Valpolicella


“The Veneto is Italy’s wine factory. Here lakes of pale red Valpolicella are drained into bottles by the million for shipment to Italian restaurants around the globe. Vineyards that are typically flat and fertile have been allowed to spew forth over-generous yields of characterless wine with as little cachet and interest as, say, Liebfraumilch.” – Jancis…

Letter From Provence


  Rob Buckley writes a guest post about a recent vine0us holiday in Provence   We had a very good two and a half weeks in Provence recently. Really enjoyed drinking some different wines. We spent one week in Cassis, near Marseilles. I had never encountered the wine of this appelation (second oldest in France). Mainly…

Wines Of Mullineux


Harrogate Medical Wine Society hosted a tasting of the top-end wines of the celebrated Swartland producer Mullineux & Leeu in July 2019 in association with Mullineux Wines and their UK agent – Field, Morris & Verdin. The tasting was tutored by Damian Carrington, assisted by Michelle Barrie of Field Morris & Verdin   Mullineux &…

48 Hours In Favara


  We could see Favara from the highway as we drove up from Vittoria, sitting on top of the Monte Caltafaraci hill, bathed in late afternoon sunshine. We negotiated the narrow, twisting streets of the old town to reach the little square in front of the Chiesa Madre di Favara. The coach could go no further…

Tasting Occhipinti


  Arianna Occhipinti graduated from University of Milan’s school of viticulture and enology and started growing wine with one hectare of land in Vittoria. Her first vintage, at the age of 22, was made in a family farmhouse.  In 2013 she relocated to a purpose-built winery surrounded by 22 hectares of biodynamically farmed Frappato, Nero d’Avola,…

Eating & Drinking In Ortygia


  During a 48 hours stay in Ortygia in the spring of 2019, we ate and drank pretty well – mainly sea food and pasta with sea urchins, sardines and anchovies in small, quaint, family-run restaurants where mostly locals ate. Sicilian cuisine shows traces of all the cultures which established themselves on the island over the last…