Tasting Trimbach 2007


  We have been visiting the Alsace wine region for nearly a quarter of a century and on each occasion, have stopped at Maison Trimbach to taste with two generations of their winemakers. The first Alsace tasting I arranged for the Harrogate Medical Wine Society was tutored by Joanna Lock MW. That was over twenty…

London Wine Fair 2018


  The 2018 London Wine Trade Fair was held under new management at Kensington Olympia from 21 – 23 May. I went there on Day 1       Ben & Emma Robson of Bat & Bottle were there for the first time, showing their fine Italian collection. Ben made me taste his new Tuscan…

Spring Lunch 2018


Harrogate Medical Wine Society held the 2018 Spring Lunch at the Pannal Golf Club on Sunday 6th May.   Menu Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2009 Prawn and smoked salmon cream cheese purse with crisp leaf salad, capers and lemon dill salsa Greywacke ‘Wild’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Warwick Estate White Lady Chardonnay…

Volcanic Wines


    Vines on volcanic soils produce distinctive wines with fresh acidity, saline and flinty-peppery ‘minerality’ and remarkable longevity     Yesterday I tasted a selection of wines from the slopes of Sicily’s Mount Etna with members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. The wines were from Pietradolce who’s 11 ha. vineyards are located on the northern slopes of Mount…

Tasting In Uco Valley


Tony Lee & Renna Benson who are touring Argentina, are now in Mendoza. They spent Day One in Mendoza tasting in the Uco valley   “Taking standard organised wine tours is likely to be a disappointment compared to those organised by Bernard and the HMWS as most will be targeted at people with little wine…