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Hedonist Newsletter of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society
July: Pinot Gris
7pm, Thursday 14 July, hosted by
Douglas & Gloria McFarlane
7 Ashville Close, Harrogate.
Tickets £15 (Full)
August: HMWS 20th Birthday Party
COMMENT A Tasting of 2005 Chablis
Friday 26 August at Roxby Hill,
By Bernard Dias
Pick Hill. Hosted by Stephen & Ann
Cameron. (Full). Optional
dinner at Nags Head (12
YOUR SOCIETY NEEDS YOU! reservations).
T hose who were at the Syrah tasting on Thursday would have noticed the September:
good community sense that prevailed and how things worked well from an 1. HMWS New Academic Year
organizational point. Charles Joslin chaired the meeting and poured the wine (21) starts
(Membership: £12 pp, £20 per couple)
together with Peter Murphy, John Shore handled the raffle with authority, Ramani
took care of the cheese & bread and at the end, everybody got together to clean 2. 20 Vintages - 1991 to 2011
and clear the tasting room! A tasting of 20 vintages to mark the
We could make all our events bigger, better and brighter by pulling together. But HMWS 20th birthday. 1st September.
let’s take one event at a time. Tickets £15. (Full).
At the Sancerre tasting next month, Ian Botwright who sourced the wine last 3. Wine/Culture Tour of
summer in France, will prepare the bottles and present the wines. I shall prepare a Georgia (Friday 16 September to
Sancerre Fact File, handle the admin. work, arrange the tasting room and present
visuals. We need volunteers: Thursday 29 September 2011.)
1. To chair the meeting
Places still available
2. To arrange snacks (goats cheese, bread/biscuits etc.)
3. To handle the raffle October: Great Pinot Noir
At the end, we shall all get together and restore order in the tasting room. November: Champagne Tour
Do get in touch. 22 – 27 November. £542 pp.
December: Classic Cabernet
Save the Date!
Underlined headings are Hyperlinked
Grosset & Mt. Horrocks HMWS Blog has regular updates
Sancerre Dinner with Hugel
Thursday 12 May Saturday 21 May Thursday 16 June
St. Robert’s Rudding Park St. Robert’s Booking Conditions:
By Ian Botwright With Etienne Hugel By Sarah Ahmed E-mail reservations are fine
Cheques/BACS must arrive within the
week after reservation
£15 £65 £20 Cancel with a week’s notice and get a
Surcharge for guests is £2
7 places left (28) Sold out 11 places left (28)
Places still available
HMWS MEMBERSHIP: 64
Comment. Continued from page 1 VISIT TO CHAMPAGNE
“20 VINTAGES” Twenty one members have signed up for this autumn tour.
Many thanks to Dr. Peter Goulding and Jane Greenwood who The list closes on Monday 18 April.
are adding Alter Ego de Palmer 2000 and Avignonesi
Rosso di Montepulciano 2006 respectively to this tasting. LETTERS
Equally big thanks to Carole Wood for Alsace Grand Cru
Riesling Kitterle 1995 from Schlumberger. HMWS
The event is now fully subscribed. “I suppose defaulters can be a question of trust. I belong to
the Soroptimist organisation and although we ask for money
PINOT GRIS for club dinners etc. to be paid up front, often they are not
The Pinot Gris tasting on 14 July is fully subscribed and a paid until the night as we are all so busy but we trust and it
waiting list is in operation. Provisional reservations will be happens everyone does pay. If they don't then a debt is
held until Monday 11 April. against their name, which they should resolve immediately.
So far, there have been no offers of wine from the Do you ever have anyone who doesn't pay on the night? Not
membership. ideal but maybe worth trying? Also I like your invoice idea if
you book you are emailed with an invoice, which should
PURE NOIR have a closing date.”
James Croft, a director of a UK based New Zealand Pinot - Pat Shore, 2nd April
Noir importer focusing predominantly on smaller
producers, has been in touch this week offering to host a “Think the £100 deposit at the beginning of the academic
tasting for the Society. Are we interested? Please let me year is an excellent idea.”
know what you think. - Dr. Peter Goulding, 2nd April
Their website is www.purenoir.co.uk “Yesterday evening Carol & Peter Murphy and I were
DINNER WITH ETIENNE HUGEL discussing HMWS tastings and payment for them. We all
This event is sold out (37 from the HMWS and 37 from came to the same conclusion re- the suggestion that
Rudding Park). members pay £100.00 deposit up front. We think it sounds
It is time for members with reservations to forward like a good idea. Then you wouldn't have to chase up
remittance to the Society. members for monies owed for tastings. Another way round
it is to enforce the "7 day rule" and cancel a place that has
‘REMARKABLE SYRAH’ been booked if there has been no money paid 7 days before
Twenty nine members and two guests tasted 10 Syrah the tasting.”
based wines at this HMWS event, chaired by Prof. Charles - Carole Wood, 4th April
Joslin on Thursday.
Images from the event are posted on the HMWS blog.
“Superb night” NEWS ALERTS FROM DECANTER
(Click the underlined heading to read more. Items marked * are
(Present: John & Pat Arnold, Ian Botwright, Stuart Carradine, highly recommended)
Richard & Verity Fox, Jane Greenwood, Terence & Shirley
Hanson, Charles & Ann Joslin, Celina Jowett, Derrick Locke, Jefford on Monday: Loosening Up
Douglas & Gloria McFarlane, Peter & Carole Murphy, There are various critiques on the wine world, but when it‚s
Gwynneth & Rhiannon Owen, Fred & Ann Price, John & Pat time to popularise and demythologise, get stuck in; loosen
Price, Mr. & Mrs. Tony Spice, Les & Mandy Wilson. up; have fun.
Apologies: Carole Wood) Bordeaux 2010: Alcohol is threatening Bordeaux style, say
Inflows. Tasting tickets 405.00 Merlot's alcohol levels have become so high in Bordeaux that
Raffle tickets 39.00 there is a danger that regional character will be lost, top
Total £444.00 oenologists say.
Outflows. Wine (tasting & raffle) 281.68 Services Held for Iconic Austrian Producer Josef Jamek
Cheese & bread 21.63 Josef Jamek, instrumental in developing Austria's Wachau
Room hire 60.00 region, dies aged 92.
Total £363.31 Video: Bordeaux 2010: James Lawther MW
The Society made a profit of £80.69 Decanter contributing editor, James Lawther MW, discusses
HMWS ‘YEAR 21’ MEMBERSHIPS
Delighted that membership renewal for the 2011 – 2012 Jasper Morris MW wins 2010 André Simon Award
academic year has already started. Drs. Alisdair & Elma Jasper Morris MW wins 2010 André Simon Award with
Stewart and John & Pat Shore sent in their subs. this week. Inside Burgundy.