Hedonist

HEDONIST

 Daily Newsletter of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society

 HMWS EVENTS CALENDAR

Tastings

“To enhance your understanding & appreciation of fine wine”

 

  • Wines Of Kooyong: Thursday 6 June 2019 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. Presented by Bernard Dias. Tickets £37.50 inclusive of supper. 4 places available without supper at £22.50 pp. (11 reservations, 4 interested)
  • Wines of Mullineux: Thursday 4 July 2019 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. – Awaiting confirmation from FMV Wines
  • Summer Lunch: Sunday 4 August 2019 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. 45 places left. (Maximum 48)
  • Thymiopoulos: The Greek Godfather of Xin: Thursday 24 October 2019 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £31 pp inclusive of two-course supper and wine (25 places)
  • Getting To Know Valpolicella: Thursday 7 November 2019 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £35 pp. inclusive of two-course supper and wine (25 places)
  • Christmas LunchSunday 1 or Sunday 15 December 2019 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. – to be confirmed 45 places left. (Maximum 48)
  • Chablis Masterclass: Thursday 9 January 2020

Tours 

HMWS Terms & Conditions

  • Tasting Events: Reservations are accepted only with a non-refundable deposit. Balance payments are refunded only if cancelled tickets are resold. Tastings are open to non-members but a surcharge of £5 pp is payable
  • Tours: (for members only). A 30% non-refundable deposit is payable at reservation
  • Current Wine Offers – (For members only)
  • Wine CollectionsFridays 10 am – 12 noon & 4 – 6.30 pm 

THE WEEK

TODAY – WEDESDAY 22 MAY 2019 – A FruitDay

Surplus Wine For Sale

  1. 2017 Grauburgunder 77, Weingut Schafer, Wurttemberg –  (@ £11.89 per bottle) – 6 bottles
  2. 2015 Lemberger (Blaufränkisch), Weingut Schafer, Wurttemberg –  (@ £13.40 per bottle) – 4 bottles

HMWS NEWS

Hedonist: Seen by 24 yesterday

“Spring In Sicily” – Day 7 (Wednesday)

We drove from Menfi to Marsala in the morning for an excellent winery visit and tasting at Donnafugata. Lunch (grilled squid and potatoes) was at a restaurant in town and a quick tour of the Marsala salt pans followed before driving to the ancient hilltop town of Erice for a walking tour. The drive to Palermo took another hour and we checked into the comfortable Giorgina Inglese Hotel for a two-nights stay.

  • ARANA HAS ARRIVED: The 7 cases ofLa Rioja Alta Vina Arana 2012 Members have ordered have now arrived and Armit Wines were instructed to deliver them to the HMWS after Sunday the 26th of May

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TUESDAY 21 MAY

HMWS NEWS

Hedonist: Seen by 22 yesterday

“Spring In Sicily” – Day 6 (Monday)

  • Tasting At Planeta: Four vintage wines (a 2015 Fiano, 2014 Chardonnay, 2014, 2014 Cerasuolo di Vittoria and 2005 Nero d’Avola) were tasted with the charming Planeta sommelier. With lunch, 2014 Planeta Riesling, 2016 Planeta Pinot Noir and a 2005 Planeta Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend were served. There was a guided visit to the ancient Greek site of Selinunte in the afternoon. Five Planeta wines including a Syrah were served with dinner. Today the group travels to Marsala for a tasting at Donafugata. Marsala Salt Pans and the ancient hilltop town of Erice will be visited on the way to Palermo.
  • New Blog post “Archaeological Park of Siracusa” was published yesterday

Comments:

  • “I’ve been reading with great interest about the travels in Sicily.  Give my love to everybody and I hope that the visits whether wine or cultural come up to your expectations.” – Carole (Wood), Ackworth

WORTH READING

Note: HMWS has had meals at four of the ten top Champagne restaurants listed below:

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MONDAY 20 MAY

HMWS NEWS

Hedonist: Seen by 16 yesterday

“Spring In Sicily” – Day 5 (Sunday)

The drive from Favara to Ulmo winery in Sambuca took 90 mts. We toured the winery and the spectacular lakeside vineyards, tasted six Planeta wines and had two more with lunch. It was only a short drive to La Foresteria in Menfi. We settled in and had a dip in the infinity pool before aperitifs at the poolside bar watching the sunset and an alfresco dinner.
Today we have a tasting of Planeta wines and a visit to nearby Selinunte, the ancient Greek city which contains five temples centered on an acropolis.

At Ulmo Winery:

At La Foresteria:

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SUNDAY 19 MAY 2019

HMWS NEWS

Hedonist: Seen by 15 yesterday

“Spring In Sicily” – Day 4 (Saturday)

This morning the group visited the “Valley of Temples” in Agrigento with an English speaking guide. Lunch with Sicilian white wines was at an excellent seafood restaurant in San Leone on the coast which the coach driver – a local man, recommended. At his suggestion, after lunch we drove to hilltop Agrigento for cakes and coffee.. After a siesta back in Favara, another great dinner was enjoyed at the Le Travelogge restaurant of the Alba Palace Hotel.

Comments:

  • “Hi Bernard, the trip seems to be going well and good wishes to all for the rest of the adventure. This article in today’s Telegraph, contains two sites in Sicily, which I thought would interest you.
    Best regards,”

    Douglas (McFarlane), Harrogate

    I’ve shared this article from The Telegraph Daily Edition App with you:
    ‘Seclusions of grandeur: 20 ruins without the crowds’

Wine

  • Matetic QC Syrah: Five Members have ordered 8 cases. The order will be sent to Armit Wines at the end of May
  • Pierre-Gimonnet Champagne: There has been no interest in the offer
  • “Kooyong Chardonnay & Pinot Noir”: This June tasting remains undersubscribed

WORTH READING

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SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019

NEWS

Hedonist: Seen by 17 yesterday

“Spring In Sicily” – Day 3

Yesterday the HMWS group drove to Vittoria to visit and taste at Arianna Occhipinti. Snow covered Etna belched smoke and the sun was blazing. Verges were covered in spring flowers. After the tasting, lunch was at a small wayside wine bar – Ravioli and wine. In Agrigento, the base was the lovely Alba Palace Hotel next to the church. The hotel has a fine restaurant and a great dinner was enjoyed with wines from Arianna Occhipinti and COS.

Comments:

  • “I’m sure you are having a fine time in Sicily!” – Dr. Tony Coral, London
  • “I am sure you are having a wonderful time in Sicily. I do hope that I can join you for the next Rheingau tour.” – Dr. Abdullah Kraam, Leeds
  • “Have a lovely time in Sicily we will enjoy reading the updates.” – Pat & John Shore, Harrogate

WORTH READING

*****

FRIDAY 17 MAY

NEWS

Hedonist: Seen by 15 yesterday

“Spring In Sicily” – Day 2

We had torrential rain for about an hour last morning. Then the sun came out and we were driven to the Siracusa Archaeological Park for a guided tour visiting the Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. We were driven back to Ortigia to see the Temple of Apollo and for a walking tour of the island. Lunch was fish & chips and local beer and dinner was at a small family run fish restaurant with wine from Sicilian varietals. In the past two days, members have tasted 5 Sicilian wines. Today we travel to Vittoria for our first formal tasting with Arianna Occhipinti

  • NEW BLOG POST: “Spring In Sicily 2019 – 1 Siracusa: Beaming Down & Settling In” was uploaded today. Click here to see it. Feel free to rate, comment and share
  • GAUGAIN EXHIBITION: There has been no interest in a trip to London for this exhibition
  • MATETIC QC SYRAH: Four members have ordered seven cases in the first 24 hours
  • “COLLECTION DAY”Wine collection is not possible today

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THURSDAY 16 MAY

NEWS

Hedonist: Seen by 16 yesterday

“Spring In Sicily” – Day 2

Tony & Renna met the group on arrival in Catania. Two waiting SUVs drove all ten members of the tour party to Siracusa for a day of relative rest at the seaside Royal Maniace Hotel. After a bottle of an Etna wine at a nearby wine bar, a wonderful seafood dinner was enjoyed at La Tavernetta da Piero where locals eat. A guided tour of Ortigia and the Archaeological Park is planned for today.

Wine Offer – Matetic EQ Syrah 2014

“To me, [EQ] is consistently Chile’s best Syrah and arguably its best value red wine.” – Tim Atkin MW

“Matetic, one of the foremost wineries in Chile, made its reputation with Syrah. They were the first to produce the Rhone varietal in a cool climate in Chile, with stunning results. Today, we can offer one of their finest Syrahs, entering its drinking window now and available for immediate delivery.” – Armit Wines

The EQ Syrah has a name derived from the Spanish word for balance, ‘Equilibrio’, which is the wine’s central characteristic. 100% Syrah, the vines are grown on soils of decomposed granite, quartz, and volcanic material the El Rosario valley. The summer fogs and ocean breezes keep this area cool, resulting in an elegant, powerful wine that rivals much more expensive wines in terms of quality! Matetic are also one of the leading proponents of substantiable, organic, and biodynamic viticulture, with an array of certifications. This makes their wines doubly rewarding.

“They think cool-climate Syrah benefits from time in bottle, so they try to keep the 2014 EQ Syrah in bottle for at least one and a half years before selling it. They use grapes from three different granite-based soils, including volcanic tuff, which is quite unique in the region. A relatively cool year, 2014 was marked by a frost in the spring of 2013, which concentrated the fruit with lower yields and smaller bunches, and the wine fermented with some full clusters. It’s a concentrated and pungent Syrah, with classical Northern Rhône notes of black olives, violets and smoky bacon along with grainy tannins and very tasty flavors.”
93 PointsLuis Guitérrez, The Wine Advocate

£90.79 per case of six inclusive of duty, VAT & delivery (Armit Wines usual price £122.28, Winesearcher average UK price £158.40 + delivery)

Highly recommend! – BD

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11 thoughts on “Hedonist

  1. I would drive 500 miles: I have travelled the western Inverness to Durness section (some parts many times) and the stunning scenery keeps calling me back again and again.

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  2. Superb And well organised tour.Some excellent wine tastings and returning with increased knowledge and love of good quality wines and champagne.Thank you Bernard and HMWS.

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  3. The Alsace and Champagne tour was as good as ever, again with superb organisation, good quality tastings and welcoming hosts. Riquewihr in glorious autumn colours is beautiful. HMWS is also about fine dining and the evening at Auberge de L’Ill at Illhaeusern was a memorable highlight. Thank you for excellent planning, agreeable company and the two well-chosen hotels. Alisdair and Elma

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  4. Sending you both our love and seasonal greetings, a happy Christmas and a wonderfull new year from Yorkshire. (Ey up hava gudun an si thee next yer). Mandy and Les
    Si thi. Les

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  5. Bernard the tour to the Englis Vineyards sounds very appealing. We recently visited the Three Choirs Vineyard and we were very impressed. The vineyard was well kept with vine rows widely spaced (the vineyard had previously been a fruit farm.). The vineyard had recently been extended to include a few acres of Chardonnay. We had a glass of the Classic Cuvee as an aperitif it was light and delicate and very enjoyable. For lunch we tried Oak Aged Red 2014 ” a soft rounded red wine with berry fruits and a hint of oak” it complemented our lamb beautifully. We were also offered a taster of an alternative wine which the staff thought would also go well with our meal. The food and presentation were excellent. The staff were attentive and knowledgeable, one of the owners also came out to chat with us. We were sorry we didn’t have time to explore more vineyards but we had birthday party celebrations to attend. Best Regards Peter and Carol. P.S. We bought a guide to The wines of England and Wales.

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  6. Just like to say how much I enjoyed the tasting by Ian on Thursday night. A really interestingly conceived tasting which certainly demonstrated the 2014 vintage to be one of great quality and potential. I thought that the Sylvaner and the Kuentz-Bas muscat were probably the best examples of those two grapes that I have ever tasted. like Ian, I am not normally a fan of dry muscat, but the Kuentz-Bas was so intense and relatively complex that I really enjoyed it. I also felt that the Pinot Gris was certainly among the best that I have encountered and for me was among the best 3 wines at the tasting, along with the Gewürztraminer. The wine I found the most impressive was however the Ginglinger Riesling. Must go back after about 30 years – he also makes great Gewürztraminer.
    Finally I would like to thank Ian for his clear and informative talk. I was particularly impressed by his calm forbearance as the acoustics were not ideal and perhaps it would have been kinder had some of us been better able to control our excitement to pass comment on the wines to our neighbours rather than listening to what Ian had to say. A very enjoyable evening capped with a good meal. Thanks again.

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  7. Morning Bernard I’ve been checking my emails and noticed I’m getting them from you again, having gone through the mail I’ve been missing all sorts of bookings / and to book tastings
    Nice to see it back again, I understand there is a small cost to send emails out could this cost be added onto the membership cost, 🍷A lot of good reading 🥂Cheers Les Wilson

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