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                  “To enhance your understanding & appreciation of fine wine”


  • Torres Chile: Thursday 7 December, Pannal Golf Club. Tickets £48 pp. (Sold out. Waiting list: 2)
  • High-Grade GreeksThursday 4 January 2018 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. Members’ Tickets £32.50 (Guests £37.50) Sold out
  • Greywacke: Thursday 1 February 2018. Harrogate Masonic Hall. Members’ Tickets £30 (Guests £35). (13 places left) 
  • Redoma & Batuta – A Niepoort Vertical: March 2018. Harrogate Masonic Hall. Members’ Tickets £40 (Guests £45). (18 places left)
  • Volcanic Wines of Pietradolce: Thursday 5 April 2018. Harrogate Masonic Hall. Members’ Tickets £31 (Guests £36) (23 places)
  • Spring LunchSunday 6 May 2018. Pannal Golf Club. Cost to be announced. (34 places)
  • Trimbach 2007: Thursday 7 June 2018, Harrogate Masonic Hall (23 interested)

Reservations & Cancellations

  • Tasting Events: Reservations are accepted only with a non-refundable 30% deposit. Balance payments are refunded only if cancelled tickets are resold
  • ToursA 30% non-refundable deposit is payable at reservation

Tours – (Members only)

Current Wine Offers – (For members only)

See Wine Offers 2017 – Tedeschi, Laytons Special Offer, Italian Wines & Riedel Glasses, Fells special Italian offer, Guigal & Poncié, Armit Christmas Offer, Sherry, Port & Brandy, Rioja

Surplus wines: Dow’s Vintage Port 1985 – 2 bottles ( £55.52 each)

(Wine CollectionsFridays 10 am – 12 noon & 4 – 6 pm)



(A Flower Day)


  • Wine Delivery: Barbadillo En Rama ordered on Thursday was delivered yesterday. Only four members made use of this excellent offer from Fells
  • Gypsy 2010: If you have any Ken Forrester’s Gypsy 2010 in your cellar, don’t be in a hurry to drink it. This Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend is drinking well now but will be so much better in an year or two. So hang on!

A Christmas Claret Offer from Laytons…

  1. 2012 Chateau Saint Julian ‘Alter Ego’, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, France – 22 cases: With holdings of 30ha in the Entre-deux-Mers region, Ch. St. Julian’s vines are grown on clay-limestone with an average age of 30 years. The wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 12 months in oak, 30% new. £134.64 per case of 12
  2. 2012 Chateau des Graves, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, France – 18 cases: This admirably consistent 140 hectare property was for years Danish owned by the Carl family, but was bought by Bruno Mottet in early 2013, who also owns nearby Château de France. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel vats before being aged for 6 months in French oak barrels of 1-4 years old. £126.72 per case of 12


Letter from Bulgaria…

In June 2007, HMWS visited Bulgaria on a wine & nature tour. The ground agents were Dimiter and  his wife Marina from Neophron Tours – a bird tour company. I met them at the Rutland Bird Fair and even though they had never done a wine tour, arranged a pretty good one for us. After a long silence, I was pleased to hear from them again yesterday:

“Dear Bernard,
We are happy to hear from you too! We’ve been thinking about you and keeping a bottle of red wine for you every year at the Bird Fair, hoping that you may turn up 🙂
We hope that you and you family are doing fine…
All the best,
Dimiter and Marina, Neophron Tours”




  • October Champagne Tour: As Champagne Drappier and Pierre-Gimonnet have refused payment for tastings, the Society is able to offer each member of the tour party a rebate of £50. Their HMWS accounts have been credited
  • Collection Day: Today is the designated day for collecting wine from the HMWS. Five members have stock with the Society
  • Wine Orders: An order for Manzanilla Pasada and Graham’s port was sent to Fells yesterday. Pellegrino Pantelleria Passito Zibibbo (37.5cl) was purchased for the 2018 Spring Lunch


  • HMWS Blog: What a wonderful and interesting blog. I shall keep reading it to enhance my wine knowledge!” – Ruth Skaife-Clarke, Administration Manager, Pannal Golf Club
  • Tasting Lunch At Bouchard: I’m delighted things went well. Hopefully you’ll be able to attend next year and I’ll arrange Henriot for you.” – Isabelle (Partridge Keane), Bouchard Pére & Fils

Champagne Tour Rebate: 

  • Thanks Bernard. An unexpected bonus!” – Rob Buckley
  • “Thank you Bernard, that is an extremely generous gesture which is gratefully received”. – Douglas & Gloria McFaralane




  • Trimbach 2007: The venue for the Trimbach tasting & supper will be the Masonic Hall in Harrogate

One of the great hotels and described in the above piece is the Yeatman in Douro. The best restaurant in the upper Douro is the DOC. HMWS had dinner their in 2015 and stayed at the Yeatman in 2016. Here are some images:




  • Wine Orders: The Barbadillo Manzanilla Pasada has not been ordered because of insufficient uptake. The La Rioja Alta order has arrived and can be collected on Friday
  • Trimbach 2007: The Trimbach 2007 cases the Society snapped up last Friday for the tasting next June are already sold out
  • Wines Of New Zealand: An invitation arrived yesterday for the annual Wines of New Zealand tasting in London on 15th January 2018

HMWS at ancient winemaking sites in Georgia (2011, 2014 and 2016):




  • New Wine Offer: Torres Spain. Click here to see the offer

A few bottles of Quinta do Vesuvio 1991 were uncorked at lunch on Remembrance Sunday. They were from a case bought in 1993 following a tasting in Porto where the just released Vesuvio was on show. It was big, sweet and gorgeous then. It is still a big, fruity wine with a bright future. The 400 ha Vesuvio estate in the upper Douro where it is warm and dry and the fruit is richer, was bought by the Symingtons in 1998 and the 1991 was only the second vintage port under the new management. Vesuvio is a magnificent Quinta, used by the Symingtons as a summer holiday home and in 2015, HMWS had the privilege of visiting the remote property for a tasting lunch. Here are some images from that visit:




  • Wine Deliveries: Four cases of La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva ordered by 3 members arrived from the London City Bond at 7.30 am today. The wine can be reordered for those who missed this offer as long as a total of 48 bottles are requested
  • Cézanne Portraits: 5 members have registered interest in this day trip to London on Saturday 20th January 2018


Trimbach Tasting

  • “Our stay in Cyprus overlaps with Carol Wood, with whom plus her friend Joan we have just had dinner. Carol was unaware of the possible Trimbach tasting and has asked me to register her interest in attending.
    Weather here today lovely with a temp of 24deg C and sunshine.” – Douglas McFarlane
  • “Please register my interest in the Trimbach tasting.” – Gail Bent

Food & Wine…




  • Trimbach Tasting: 19 members have registered interest in this June 2018 tasting. Douglas McFarlane wrote yesterday: “Sitting at a gloomy Manchester airport awaiting flight to Cyprus. Please include Gloria & I on your list”



10 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.


  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


  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


  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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