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Current Wine Offers 

See Wine Offers 2017 – ***Domaine Lasserre 2014 Jurancon (37.5 cl) £6.99 -1 half bottle,  Torres Spain, Tedeschi, Douro

(Wine Collections: Fridays 10 am – 12 noon & 4 – 6 pm)



(A Root Day)


Dinner with Peter Hofman at Fisk yesterday:

  • Lunch With Jane Hunter: Starts at 11.30 am today at Pannal Golf Club





Dinner With Peter Hofman: Peter will be arriving in Harrogate today for tomorrow’s lunch with Jane Hunter. A simple dinner is being arranged for him in a local restaurant. If anybody is interested in joining the party, please get in touch – BD



October HMWS Wine Tour: Guigal, Bouchard, Drappier, Pol Roger, Vergnon, and Piere-Gimonnet were contacted yesterday to reconfirm our visits. See letter from Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet below


Visiting Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet: “That is always OK for us. Unfortunately, I will not receive you myself, because I will be in USA from the 16th to the 27th of October.  I sincerely regret that. But do not worry. Nathalie will receive you for the tasting and for the lunch. She is enough professional to do that without any problem. And she knows the quality of your group. I will tell her to send you the cost of this. Hoping your understanding. Best regards.” – Didier Gimonnet, Champagne Pierre GIMONNET & Fils

HMWS at Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet:

2008 Clos des Goisses: “Clos des Goisses is perhaps Champagne’s most exceptional hillside vineyard, renowned for producing some of the region’s finest and longest lived wines. Legendary old bottles regularly feature on critics’ and connoisseurs’ lists of most memorable wines, and yet because of its tiny production, it remains something of a hidden gem to all but the connoisseur. Today’s release may well change that.
It is no secret that the long-awaited 2008 Champagne vintage has produced some exceedingly fine, taut wines. The combination of the 2008 growing season and the magical Clos des Goisses vineyard has produced an utterly spectacular result.
Tasting the 2008 we found ourselves trying to remember a more impressive young Champagne release from any grower. The power is there, particularly evident on the exceptionally long fi nish. But what impressed most was the incredible clarity of aromas, the contrasting structural qualities of delicacy and strength, and the kaleidoscopic transparency of flavours that are somehow etched into the core of the wine. If anyone was wondering about the critics’ hype surrounding the vintage, Clos des Goisses 2008 would be a fine way to prove that point.
The keys to the success of enclosed vineyard of Clos des Goisses lie in the exceptional steepness, the pure belemnite chalk soils, the positioning of the vines directly above the Marne river, and a directly south facing exposition. All of these combine to give average temperatures that sit over a degree higher than the rest of Champagne during the growing season, allowing Charles Philipponnat and his team to ensure fabulous grape maturity even when others struggle. The result is one of Champagne’s most impressive and dependable wines, entirely capable of legend status in years such as these.
“A wine of explosive power and energy, the 2008 Clos des Goisses is magnificent. A host of citrus, white flower, lemon confit and orchard fruit overtones race across the palate in a Goisses of striking precision, delineation and tension. The bright flavor profile is very Chardonnay-dominant at this early stage, while the weight and textural depth of the Pinot is especially evident on the mid-palate and finish. I tasted the 2008 from a bottle in disgorgement trials, so my rating is therefore in parentheses. If the commercial wine is anything like this bottle, readers will be in for a treat, as the 2008 Goisses is shaping up to be a magical Champagne.” 95-98 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
Due to demand we will have to strictly allocate this exciting release.” – Justerini & Brooks

  • 2008 Clos des Goisses, Brut, Philipponnat – 6x75cl  £600
 Click here to see HMWS Blog post on Clos de Goisses. Images below are from the Society’s visit to the estate in October 2006.





  • Armit Price List: The new Armit Wines trade price list, effective from Monday 2nd October has arrived. There are several price increase due to recent currency fluctuations, but these have largely been kept to a minimum. (Armit Wines is one of the Society’s suppliers)
  • Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008: Majestic Wines are offering this fine champagne from the great 2008 vintage at £36.99 for a week only when you buy 6 bottles. (This is a good offer, worth considering. – BD)


Hunter’s Lunch: 

  • Les Wilson is purchasing a gift box of loose teas from Betty’s (with 25% discount!) for Jane Hunter on behalf of the Society
  • Jane Hunter will be arriving at Pannal Station where she will be met at 11.26 am on Friday and driven to the Pannal Golf Club
  • Dr. Stephen Cameron is picking up Peter Hofman at the Crown Hotel at 11.10 am on Friday
  • Mr. Oliver Connolly (North Rigton) who knows Jane Hunter, will attend the lunch with his wife Lucinda
  • Pannal Golf Club chairman will attend the lunch with the club photographer in attendance


October Champagne Tour: Full payment for the Dover/Calais and Zeebrugge/Hull ferry crossings was made to Britannia Travel yesterday

Letters To The Editor

Super Tuscans: “In 1968, when Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia was finally released to the world, it revolutionised Italian wine and created a new genre: the Super-Tuscan.
Now renowned and revered across the world, Sassicaia is known as “one of the world’s great wines” according to the wine critic Robert Parker and the Tenuta San Guido estate itself as an “inspiration for all Italian wine” by Monica Larner.
The third wine of the estate, Le Difese, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. It benefits from all the expertise and methods of Tenuta San Guido’s world-leading winemakers, as well as borrowing oak barrels for ageing that were previously used for Sassicaia and the estates second wine, Guidalberto.
Le Difese always offers delicious approachability from release, as well as incredible value. We are fortunate to have several cases of the recently released 2014 and 2015 available and ready for immediate delivery, and we offer them on a first come, first served basis.” – Armit Wines

The wines are on offer to the Society and can be ordered:

  1. 2014 Le Difese – £62.81 per 6 bottles in bond
  2. 2015 Le Difese – £66 per 6 bottles in bond

(The above article is essential reading for all wine lovers. – BD)





  • Wines of Brazil: Members’ wine order arrived yesterday and is ready for collection. Go Brazil invoice for £1057.99 was paid
  • Iona Wines: The first batch arrived this morning
  • Friday Wine Collection: Please note wine collection this Friday will not be possible in view of Hunter’s lunch
  • Today sees the release of 2015 Château d’Yquem and offers have come from Farr Vintners and Lea & Sandeman
  • Pol Roger NV: Laytons are offering Champagne Pol Roger NV at £32.94 a bottle inclusive of VAT when 12 bottles are purchased (The average UK price according to Winesearcher is £42 but I do not think this is a great offer. – BD)


  • Tasting Lunch At Bouchard: Details of the tasting lunch at Bouchard Pére & Fils on Day 5 (Wednesday) of the Society’s Champagne/Rhone/Burgundy Tour in October are now to hand and are posted on the blog page. Click here to see them
  • October Tour Party: Two members have dropped out of the Champagne/Rhone/Burgundy tour because of ill health. Their hotel reservations have been cancelled and the coach company (Britannia Travel) informed. Two members will travel to Arras early and join the tour party there. Britannia travel were provided with all relevant information including the ‘cabin list’ for the Zeebrugge-Hull crossing on the way back from Champagne


  • Tedeschi: “Based on your recommendation we would like to order a case of the Maternigo Valpolicella Superiore.
    Jerez: If you were to arrange a new trip then Renna and I would be interested.” – Tony Lee

If there is enough interest, a trip to the Sherry Triangle next spring would certainly be possible – BD

  • International Sherry WeekThank you for taking the time to join us in Leeds. I am only sorry I wasn’t there to meet you in person. However, we are in touch directly and hope to contact soon. Perhaps you have an opportunity to get involved with International Sherry Week? See www.sherry.wine/sherry-week for more information. – Angeline (Bayly), Director, Sherry Wine UK.
  • Argentina Tour Single Supplement: “Approximately US$ 4350 pp based on single person occupancy (instead of $3550 for double occupancy). Please bear in mind that these are ball park figures. 2018 tarrifs are not available yet so there may be some fluctuation.” – Sophie (Jump)





  • Monday Wine OfferDetails of this week’s offer are posted on the blog page. Click here to see them
  • Lunch With Jane HunterThe event is sold out
  • Majestic Champagne OfferHeidsieck Bronze Top from £15.99 – ends midnight tomorrow


  • Argentina In Spring“I have just read the proposed itinerary for the proposed tour to Argentina,  sounds fantastic, unfortunate for me it is the same time as Jackies trip to New Zealand, 26/02/18  to 28/03/18, for Sons 50th birthday and family visit. I would still like to go , please advise the possible single supplement.” – Tony Stanier

I have written to Sophie re single supplement – BD

  • Wine: “Last night at Cum Quibus Restaurant in San Gimignano, we chose a Chianti over some super Tuscans that we have been shown in the Society. It complimented the rabbit-stuffed cannelloni perfectly. It was not overly alcoholic.” – Dr. Tony Coral
  • Veneto & Hunter’s Lunch: “We were interested in your Tedeschi tasting notes as we are off to Verona and Valpolicella country tomorrow morning. Unfortunately we will miss Jane Hunter’ Lunch (blast!!). Please remember us to Peter Hofman. Enjoy the prestigious event on Friday.” – Drs. Alisdair and Elma Stewart, Harrogate

Paola Bassi can be contacted for an appointment at Tedeschi – BD

HMWS in the Veneto in 2004:





  • Torres Spain: The offer ends today


  • Spring 2018 Tour Of Argentina: The itinerary and costs for the proposed March 2018 tour of Argentina as provided by Sophie Jump are posted on the “Travels In Argentina” blog page. Click here to see it. Members’ views and suggestions are welcome


  • Tedeschi: “It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife, together with Chris Mooney Yesterday. I have to thank you for time and enthusiasm you showed for Tedeschi wines and I hope you will select some for your Harrogate Wine Society. Please come and visit us at Tedeschi winery, it will be  a pleasure to welcome you. Kindest regards.” –  Paola (Bassi), Tedeschi, Verona





  • GramonaIf anybody is interested in purchasing this excellent cava even though the offer has expired (see HMWS wine offers), get in touch ASAP
  • Monday Wine OfferThis week’s offers end tomorrow to make way for new offers on Monday
  • Justerini & Brooks have Jancis Robinson’s wine of the week Maximin Grunhaus, Riesling, Monopol Von Schubert 2016 at £50 for a case of 6


  • Wines Of TedeschiPaola Bassi, the export manager of Tedeschi popped in yesterday to give a tasting of a selection of the excellent Valpolicella producer’s wines. The following were tasted:
  1. Tedeschi Capitel Tende Soave DOC Classico 2015 – not in the same class as Pieropan’s La Rocca but avery good buy at £10.52 a bottle
  2. Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Valpolicella DOC Classico Superiore 2011 – Though a Ripasso, it has a fine dry finish. ( £13.73)
  3. ***Tedeschi Materingo Valpolicella DOC Superiore 2013 – An absolute stunner and a ‘must buy’ wine! Dark, extracted and full of flavour. (£16.08)
  4. Tedeschi La Fabriseria Valpolicella DOC Classico Superiore 2011 – Rich, opulent and lovely. (£21.76)
  5. Tedeschi Amarone Valpolicella DOCG 2013. (£26.92)
  6. Tedeschi Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone Valpolicella DOC Classico 2010. (£53.21)

The wines are available to the HMWS from Fells  – Tedeschi UK agents at Trade Prices shown above. Please get in touch if you are interested


  • Visiting The Sherry Triangle?:  “I would love to re-visit the “Sherry Triangle”.  The last visit there was so memorable.  Depending on dates I would be very interested.” – Carole Wood, Ackworth
  • Friends Of Ham: “We have been to all 3 places and we can highly recommend all of them.  The newer Ham & Friends is very good and just on the 36 Bus route and handy for the theatre and the Arena.” – Sian Gamble, Harrogate (Ham & Friends EventsFriends of Ham Events)

  • Georgia: “A year ago we were in magical Georgia, being driven up tortuous climbs on dirt tacks with precipitous drops but also superb views. Also superb were the buildings, the people and the wines and food. We were reminded of it this last weekend as the BBC Food Program (Radio 4) reported on a trip through the Caucasus. The sounds of polyphonic singing, descriptions of the food and visits to wineries, including the Alaverdi Monastry, brought alive our memories.
    The program should be available online for those who want to relive memories of their trip(s) to Georgia.” – Tony Lee, Knaresborough

  • CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 1957“We celebrated Renna’s special birthday with an equally special wine.
    Our hopes  for this 60 year old wine were at first deflated as the cork crumbled as it was carefully pulled. But after decanting it looked good and when poured our hopes were totally fulfilled. A slight mahogany around the edges hinted at its age but the nose was fresh, clean and enticing. In the mouth it came alive with delightful fruit and balanced and still fresh acidity that married with our dish of simply cooked lamb steak to perfection. In the length the wine went on for ever, leaving us with broad smiles of contentment upon our faces.
    It was truly a special wine to match such a special event.” – Tony Lee

(Below – HMWS in Rioja)

  • South Africa 2017 – A Special Report By Tim Atkin MW: 
    “I’m delighted to tell you that I’ve just published my sixth annual guide to South Africa, which runs to 225 pages this year and is my most comprehensive yet. In the report, I argue that the Cape is making the best wines in its 358-year history and that its industry is “dynamic, exciting and still evolving”.
    South Africa is a match for any other New World country in terms of quality and ahead of the field on value. So now is the time to take advantage of prices that are low by global fine wine standards.
    The 2016 vintage, which was one of the hottest and driest on record, was very tricky, but the best producers have made some excellent wines. Of my 149 wines of the year, 76 are from 2016. Don’t write off the harvest.
    This year, I have singled out Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Cinsaut and sparkling Méthode Cap Classique wines for special praise, but these days the Cape is capable of making almost any wine style to a very high standard.
    My 2017 South Africa Special Report is the product of two trips to the Cape this year, as well as further tastings in the UK and Germany.
    It includes: My top wines of the year (white, red, sweet, fortified and sparkling); Scores for over 1,400 wines, with retail prices in South African Rand, ranging from R40 to R4,900, 1,100+ tasting notes; Evocative photos of the winelands and winemakers; My 2017 classification of the 200 best South African wineries. All this for £20. You can download the 2017 report hereCheers.” – Tim (Atkin) MW




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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