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…

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…

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…

Tasting Ataraxia


  “Established in 2004, Ataraxia is a boutique winery located in the scenic area of Walker Bay in South Africa. The idea for the winery was conceptualised when a couple purchased 50 hectares of vineyards along with their friends. These vineyards were located at an elevated level at the backdrop of Babylons Toren Mountain Range.…

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 &…