Hedonist

HEDONIST

 Daily Newsletter of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. 

 HMWS EVENTS CALENDAR

Tastings   

                  “To enhance your understanding & appreciation of fine wine”

 

  • Trimbach 2007: Thursday 7 June 2018, Pannal Golf Club. Tickets £46 (Sold out))
  • Little Known Wines of Western Australia: Thursday 6th September 2018, presented by David Connor. Tickets £45.50 pp. inclusive of 3-course dinner. (19 places left)
  • Boekenhoutskloof: Thursday 11 October 2018. Tickets £38 (Guests £43) inclusive of supper. (21 places left)

Tours 

  • Autumn In the Rheingau:  Arranged by Peter Hofman – Sunday 23rd to Sunday 30th September 2018 (Places left: 2 singles only)

HMWS Terms & Conditions

  • Tasting Events: Reservations are accepted only with a non-refundable deposit. Balance payments are refunded only if cancelled tickets are resold
  • Tours: (for members only). A 30% non-refundable deposit is payable at reservation
  • Current Wine Offers – (For members only), See Wine Offers 2018  
  • Wine CollectionsFridays 10 am – 12 noon & 4 – 6.30 pm 

SURPLUS HMWS STOCK FOR SALE

  1. Mas Martinet Menut 2015, Priarat – £12.30 – 6 bottles
  2. Pellegrino, Passito Liquoroso 2016 Pantelleria (37.5cl) – £6.79 – 2 bottles

THE WEEK

TODAY – SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018 – (A Flower Day)

WORTH READING

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SATURDAY 26 MAY

NEWS 

  • Collection Day: Four of the nine Members who have wine to collect from the HMWS, did so yesterday. The Friday evening collection time is now extended to 6.30 pm at members’ request

Vergelegen Offer: Members have shown their enthusiasm for this excellent offer by ordering 11 cases (132 bottles) in the first 24 hours

 

 

Trimbach Tasting is now sold out. Supper menu from Pannal Golf Club is awaited

 

LETTERS & COMMENTS

VERGELEGEN OFFER

  • “This is an unbelievably good offer.” – Douglas (McFarlane), Harrogate

 

 

PLANETA AT SASSO

  • “It was lovely to see you and meet your wife. I will let you know the bus company (Its called Raia) and we can exchange emails for your trip next year. Ciao.” – Penny Murray, Export Director, Planeta, Sicily
  • “It was lovely to meet you and your wife. I am really glad to hear that you enjoyed the evening. I hope we can welcome you again soon to Sasso!” – Sara (Ferguson), Sasso, Harrogate
  • “We were sorry to miss Sasso, one of our favourite restaurants, due to another commitment.” AS, Harrogate

WORTH READING

  • THE MANY VINEYARDS OF JACQUES PRIEUR – By Daléne Fourie. “Did you know? While the French term ‘Chateau’ denotes a country house or castle, ‘Domaine’ refers to a territory, estate or empire (as explained by Wine Spectator’s Dr. Vinny).”

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FRIDAY 25 MAY

NEWS 

  • New Wine Offer: Special Vergelegen mixed case offer. Click here to see it
  • Collection Day: Today is designated HMWS wine collection day
  • Wine Orders: 15 cases of Ken Forrester wines were ordered yesterday for 7 HMWS members

LETTERS & COMMENTS

  • Tour de France Tutored Tasting In Harrogate: “How well do you know France’s wine regions? We’ll be holding a relaxed and enjoyable tutored tasting at the same time as the peleton is riding in the official Tour de France, sampling French delights from classic regions like Bordeaux and the Loire alongside lesser-known gems. We hope you can join us – salut!” – The Wine Society

WORTH READING

Terroir expression is “greater in young wines”, according to Douro Valley winemaker José Luís Moreira da Silva, who would like to release his wines with less bottle age.

Read more…

 

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THURSDAY 24 MAY

NEWS

  • Planeta Tasting: Planeta tasting dinner was held yesterday at Sasso in Harrogate, led by Penny Murray. Six HMWS members attended the event. Useful discussions were held with Penny about the proposed HMWS wine tour of Sicily next May. Of the wines tasted, Cometa (100% Fiano from Menfi), Planeta Chardonnay and Frappato from Vittoria impressed. These will be offered to HMWS members at trade prices in due course
  • Wine Deliveries: 7 cases ofChakana Ayni Malbec and a case of Janneau Armagnac for the HMWS were delivered today from the London City Bond

WORTH READING

Brits spent £5.5m on wine last year, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel, which reveals the close link between key personality traits and our drink of choice.

Read more…

The widely declared 2016 vintage in the Douro may be a classic, but volumes are very small with the amount produced being, on occasion, almost half the amount made in an average declaration.

Read more…

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

NEWS 

  • New Blog Post: Tony & Renna complete the Camino Portugués. Click here to see the post. Feel free to rate, comment and share
  • Fells Wine Offers: The next batch of Fells promotions have arrived

LETTERS & COMMENTS

  • “Amazing news to share with you! 😊International and national wine experts have evaluated the excellence of Portuguese wines during the 2018 edition of Wines of Portugal Challenge. More than 160 national and international judges evaluated the 1307 wines, produced by 372 producers, who were in competition. We are very happy and honoured to share with our partners that Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2015 was given in the Concurso Vinhos de Portugal 2018 (Wines of Portugal Competition) 3 of the most significant awards:
  1. Best Wine of the Year!
  2. Best Red Varietal
  3. Grand Gold Medal

http://concursovinhosdeportugal.pt/premiados

This is also your award, for having shown your confidence in our wines and present them to your Customers. Cheers and thank you! Kind Regards,” – Rita (Camelo), Export Director, Quinta do Crasto, Portugal

HMWS at Quinta do Crasto in June 2016:

  • New release: 2016 Vintage Port declaration (Taylor’s, Fonseca, Croft) – “We’re delighted to offer our first release of the 2016 vintage Port campaign, the three wines from the Fladgate Partnership: Taylor’s, Fonseca, and Croft. Vintage Port is typically only declared 2-3 times per decade, 2016 represents the first release onto the market since the acclaimed 2011s. The 2016s are remarkably congruent, with perfect balance of fruit concentration, bright acidity, and muscular tannins. 2016 is shaping up to be an excellent vintage, but the yields are unfortunately low. Allocations are lower than those in 2007 and 2011, and it is likely that these 2016s will disappear from the market and into the cellars of wine lovers in short order. Vintage Port is one of the world’s classic fine wines, and it is enjoying something of a renaissance. Quality has never been higher, and the major houses are making better wines than ever before. Everyone should have a case or two of Vintage Port in the cellar!” – Michael Robins, Wholesale Director, Jeoboams

(Prices available from the HMWS)

WORTH READING

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TUESDAY 22 MAY

NEWS

  • Ken Forrester Offer: This is the last call for the current Ken Forrester wines offer. An order will be sent to the agent on Thursday
  • London Wine Fair started yesterday. It was good to see Ben Robson of Bat & Bottle at the show for the first time
  • Planeta At Sasso: Planeta tasting and dinner will be at Sasso in Harrogate tomorrow
  • Camino: Tony & Renna have completed the Camino Portuguese

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MONDAY 21 MAY

WORTH READING

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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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