Hedonist

HEDONIST

 Daily Newsletter of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society

 HMWS EVENTS CALENDAR

Tastings

  • Wines Of The Way“: Thursday 5 September at the Masonic Hall, presented by Tony Lee. Cost £25 pp (Guests £30 pp) inclusive of two course supper. Fully subscribed (Waiting List: 2)
  • Thymiopoulos: The Greek Godfather of Xin: Thursday 24 October 2019 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £25 pp if purchased before 30 September and £27.50 pp after that inclusive of two-course supper. Guests £32.50 pp (16 places left)
  • Getting To Know Valpolicella: Thursday 7 November 2019 at Harrogate Masonic Hall. Tickets £25 pp if purchased before 30 September and £27.90 pp after that inclusive of two-course supper. Guests £32.90 pp (10 places left)
  • Small Group Tasting – 2: Sunday 17 November 2019 at 1 Ash Road, Harrogate. Tickets £15 pp. (3 places left)
  • Chablis MasterclassThursday 9 January 2020 at the Masonic Hall. Tickets £40 pp (£35 pp if purchased before end of November) inclusive of 2 course lunch. Guests £45 pp. 24 places left
  • German Pinot NoirThursday 6 February 2020 at the Masonic Hall. Presented by Rob Buckley. Tickets £30 pp (£27pp. if purchased before 31 December 2019 inclusive of two-course supper). Guests £35 pp. 24 places left

Gourmet Lunches & Dinners

  • Christmas LunchSunday 8 December 2019 at the Masonic Hall. (32 places left) 
  • Spring Lunch: May 2020
  • Summer Lunch: August 2020

Tours

  • Travels In Romania?: May 2020 (7 interested)
  • Champagne?: Autumn 2020 (8 interested)
  • South Africa?: Autumn 2020 (4 interested)

Surplus Wine For Sale 

  1. Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2017 –  £32.80 per bottle (4 bottles, 3 bottles, 2 bottles)
  2. Pellegrino Passito Pantelleria 2017, 50cl.  £11.33 (8 bottles, 7 bottles, 3 bottles, 2 bottles)
  3. Contacto Alvarinho 2018, Anselmo Mendes – £10.92 per bottle (6 bottles, 4 bottles, 3 bottles)
  4. Bin 002 Zweigelt 2017, Austria – £8.92 per bottle (6 bottles 4 bottles, 3 bottles)
  5. 2016 Givry ‘Le Haut Colombier’ Domaine Besson, Côte Chalonnaise – £17.10 (12 bottles, 10 bottles, 2 bottles)

For Members only. Mixed cases are possible. Minimum order is 12 bottles

Current Members’ Wine Offers

  1. Mixed Fizz

Minimum order is 12 bottles

THE WEEK

TODAY – FRIDAY 23 August 2019 – A Root Day

Wine

  • Fells Order: 14 cases were delivered yesterday and 5 Members collected their stock
  • Collection Day: There will be no wine collection from the HMWS today

COMMENTS

A Great Rail Journey

An HMWS Member is taking the Trans-Siberian and the Trans-Mongolian trains from Moscow to Beijing this September, stopping at Lake Baikal and the Mongolian steppe. I am envious but wish him well and hope he will have a wonderful journey. My own trip to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal by the Trans-Siberian in the 1970s is a distant memory now and hope he will write an up to date account of the region and the journey for publication in the HMWS Blog. – BD

WORTH READING

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THURSDAY 22 August 2019

Wine

  • Collection Day: Wine can be collected this afternoon at the designated time. There will be no wine collection from the HMWS tomorrow

HMWS Membership

  • Dr. Ashley Guthrie, Derrick Locke and Peter Hirschman have renewed their membership of the Society. (Click here to see the Year 29 Membership List)

COMMENTS

HMWS Membership

“Would you like me to spread the net in the hospital regarding new members for HMWS? We are having a little wine intro event in October and I think some might be interested.” – Dr. David Scullion, Harrogate

That will be great!. HMWS desperately needs new blood. – BD

Christmas Lunch

  • “Have a great time. Looks great as usual.” – Dr. David Scullion, Harrogate

September & October in the HMWS

  • Please note I will be out of the country from 2 September to 19 October but essential HMWS work will continue
  • In the first three weeks of September, my access to the internet will be patchy and limited. This will have an impact on daily publication of the Hedonist. There should be no such problems after the 19th of September
  • There will be wine offers from suppliers but they will not be published as taking delivery in my absence is a problem
  • Obviously, there will be no Friday Collections
  • Online payments for HMWS events can continue with email notification. Cheques should not be posted to my Harrogate address until I return

– Bernard Dias

Fattoria Le Pupille: Great Wine from the hills of Maremma

Fattoria Le Pupille, located in the south of Maremma on the Tuscan coast, is a jewel in our portfolio when looking for great value in Tuscany. In particular they produce two site-specific wines, a white and a red, which are simply stunning for the price.

Poggio Argentato, which means ‘silver-plated hill’, is named after the white grapes and glorious sunshine that give these vineyards a distinct brightness. With its plentiful sunlight, coastal breezes, and sandy loam soils, this hill produces textured wines with a remarkable freshness. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Traminer, and Semillon, this semi-aromatic white is immensely versatile. It tastes best after a year or so in bottle and so the current 2017 vintage is positively singing.

Poggio Valente, which means ‘gifted hill’, is a very appropriate name indeed for the red, given the amazing quality of wine it produces. This single vineyard of 50-year-old Sangiovese is a few hundred metres away from Pupille’s most famous single vineyard, the Super Tuscan Saffredi, but is a fraction of the price and offers much earlier drinking. This sandstone site produces distinct gamey flavours alongside the classic red cherry and dried herbs, along with a rose-petal aroma that is particularly pronounced in the 2016 vintage. With an outstanding 95 points from the Wine Advocate, it ranks side-by-side with the legendary 2013, probably the top two vintages ever for this wine.” – Armit Wines

Would Members like to taste these wines at the next Small Group Tasting in November? If so, a case each could be purchased now – BD

Quinta do Noval acquires Quinta do Passadouro

“Greetings, We are pleased to announce that Quinta do Noval has today acquired Quinta do Passadouro. We remain at your disposal if required. Best regards,” – Corinne ILIĆ, AXA Millésimes Gestion

The Society has access to all the wines of Quinta do Passadouro and a Members’ tasting can be arranged if there is interest. Images below are from HMWS visits to Quinta do Noval for tastings and meals – BD

WORTH READING

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WEDNESDAY 21 August

Wine

  • Torres Offer: 14 cases of wine were ordered from Fells yesterday. They will be delivered from the London City Bond on Thursday morning and will be ready for collection the same afternoon
  • Collection Day: There will be no wine collection from the HMWS this Friday

HMWS Membership

  • Dr. & Mrs. Richard Chave-Cox and Dr. Rebecca Chave-Cox have renewed their membership of the Society. (Click here to see the Year 29 Membership List)

COMMENTS

Visiting Romania

“We have had a look at the itinerary for Romania. It covers all the places we had previously planned to visit and looks very interesting from a cultural and scenery point of view. Knowing only a little about Romanian wine I am not in a position to comment about the tastings but I am sure we can depend on your knowledge to put us right there. I am surprised that the agents did not suggest a Dracula or Vlad the Impaler theme for one of the day in Transylvania but maybe that is just as good! What time of the year do you envisage doing this tour assuming it gets a sufficient level of interest? I think you mentioned May in a previous e-mail. Is that still the case?.

We like both itineraries and would be happy with either. Itinerary 1 would be easier for us to organise as we would be away for the shorter time.”

– Dr. Ivan Hanney

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: 

“This is a lovely menu – I’m not quite sure how I shall choose! Excellent value, as well.” – Jane Trewhella, Otley

 

 

HMWS MEMBERSHIP: 

“Have just paid on line subs to HMWS account. Third sub is again a donation to the Society as Rebecca very rarely finishes at LGI before 7pm.” – Dr. Richard Chave-Cox, Harrogate

WORTH READING

*****

TUESDAY 20 August

Christmas Lunch

  • This year’s Christmas Lunch will be held at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate on Sunday 8 December. The menu, wine list and cost are now posted. Click here to see them

COMMENTS

A COACH FOR CHAMPAGNE?

Tony of Britannia Travel(Otley) provided the coach for the last HMWS Rhone/Burgundy/Champagne tour. I heard he is retiring and wrote to him on Sunday to check. – BD

“Apologies that you were omitted from the circular that we sent out 2 weeks ago. I asked my partner Sue to post letters to all on our mailing list, you must have been missed because all our communications were by text/email. We have decided that we will sell the coach and retire from the business at the end of February, it may be that we sell it to another operator nearby who may allow us to hire the coach for me to drive for certain tours, however we can’t guarantee this at the moment. There is a company called Winns Coaches at Northallerton that have good coaches, I’m sure they would be suitable for your tour. Sorry I can’t be more positive, If things change I will contact you.” – Tony, Britannia Travel, Otley

ROMANIA: “As you know, I’d love to visit Romania and would trust your judgment in relation to the best choice of itinerary.” – Dr. Abdullah Kraam, Menston

WORTH READING

*****

MONDAY 19 August

Chablis Masterclass

  • The tasting list and cost of this event are posted on the Blog. Click here to see the page

Wine

  • HMWS Events: Two Members have reserved places at all the published events of the Society
  • Wine Offers: Torres offers end at 9 am tomorrow (Tuesday 20 August)

Tours

  • Romania: Interested Members were asked to comment on and select the best of the two published itineraries a week ago. So far there has been no response. It is assumed that there is no interest in the proposed tour

HMWS Membership

  • Paul & Jill Booth have renewed their membership of the Society. Click here to see the Year 29 Membership List

COMMENTS

HMWS EVENTS:

  • Discount For Early Booking: ” Your proposal might be worth a try.” – Rob Buckley, Leeds
  • Christmas Lunch: “We do prefer Sasso’s  but if there are too many people for that venue we would be happy to go to the Masonic Hall as a second choice for the Christmas Party.” – Ann Joslin, Harrogate

WORTH READING

*****

SUNDAY 18 August 2019

Tastings

  • Both October Thymiopoulos and November Valpolicella tastings are now offered with a 10% discount if tickets are purchased before the 30th of September. Members who have already purchased tickets for these events have been credited with the appropriate rebate

WORTH READING

HMWS at some of the best wine bars and restaurants including Cafe Littera and Vino Underground in Tbilisi, Georgia in September 2016, featured in Jancis Robinson’s article above:

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SATURDAY 17 August

HMWS Wine Events – Reduce Cost For Early Reservation?

Late reservations and event undersubscription remain problems. Tastings without ‘wine on arrival and wine with supper’ has reduced the cost of each event by about £5 pp. Would a 10% discount for early reservation encourage more members to make a quicker and earlier decision? The idea was discussed with several senior members of the Society who think it is worth considering. What do you think? Please let the Society know.

Wine

  • Collection Day: 6 Members collected their stock yesterday. 3 Members still have wine with the Society

COMMENTS

PINOT NOIR: “The article on Pinot Noir from the Wine Enthusiast below is excellent. Interestingly, the flavour of Pinot is described as of “red fruit and forest floor.” There is no mention of “cabbages and compost heaps” of past. Jancis Robinson MW once said Pinot Noir wines “smell like sh** but taste like heaven.” I feel winemakers now deliberately exclude such aromas and flavors by using specific cultured yeasts to make the wine smell of cherries and violets”. – BD

HMWS MEMBERSHIP

  • “As Nikki and I have moved to Oxford we are unlikely to be able to come to HMWS events etc. If we are up in Harrogate and could manage to come along to an event I’m sure I could find someone to take us along as guests. I hope that’s OK and thanks for all the hard work you have put into  HMWS.” – David (Dodwell)

Balance £177.44 in Prof. Dodwell’s HMWS Account was refunded. – BD

  • “I’m sorry, but we’ve decided not to renew our membership this year. We’ve enjoyed the tastings and trips over the years, but find it’s increasingly rare that we can come to the events. We hope we’ll still be able to attend the occasional tasting as guests.” – Tony (Gamble), Harrogate

TOURS

Champagne: “We would, subject to dates, be interested in Champagne.” – Rob (Buckley), Leeds

WORTH READING

*****

FRIDAY 16 August 

Wine

  • New Wine Offer: Click here to see the two Torres wines on offer from Fells
  • Collection Day: Today is Collection Day. 18 cases of Torres, Chakana, Hugel & Warwick wines ordered yesterday were delivered yesterday from the London City Bond and should be collected today. There will be no Friday collection next week, September and most of October

COMMENTS

  • ATARAXIA TASTING: “Very glad to hear everything went well and thank you for the feedback. If you are interested in revisiting South Africa let me know as I think the Hartenberg and Cederberg estates would be of real interest to the group. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy what is left of the Summer and please let me know if I can offer any help or advice with future tastings.” – Andrew (Rutherford), Accounts Manager, Bancroft Wines, London

Andrew supplied the Ataraxia wines at trade prices without delivery charges. Hartenberg in Stellenbosch and Cederberg in the north near Clanwilliam are good wine estates to visit. Members who are interrelated in visiting South Africa take note. – BD

  • RETURN TO CHAMPAGNE?:
    “Would anyone be interested in a return coach trip to Champagne?”
    Gail (Bent)

I am happy to arrange one if enough Members are interested. For a coach trip, we need a minimum of 20 participants – BD

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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