On the grapevine

The International Wine and Food Society is a world-wide network of food and wine lovers who meet on a regular basis. But like all organisations, especially ones that have been around since 1933, it is time for a face-lift, and Leeds has been chosen as the place to give this venerable institution a more contemporary approach.

February 16 sees the relaunch of The International Wine and Food Society in Leeds at 3 Albion Place. There will be food and wine matching, with Stephanie Moon of Rudding Park creating the food and yours truly making sure the wines combine perfectly. Both Stephanie and myself are backing the IWFS on a voluntary basis because it is good to see like-minded food and wine enthusiasts get together. Tickets cost 20 and can be obtained by sending an email to iwfsleeds@aol.com.

Sale time

Bon Coeur in Masham has snapped up a parcel of claret from a US importer and is offering a fine range at good prices. They do carry the scaremongering US back label, but if you can cope with that you will find some excellent Loville Barton 2002 at 450, Talbot 2003 at 440 and halves of Lagrange 2006 at 280. There are also some good Burgundies including 2008 Gevrey Chambertin from Rossignol Trapet at 18 a bottle and three cases of Clos du Tart 1996 from Mommessin at 1,400 a case. All prices are ex VAT. Contact Jamie Goodhart on 01765 688200 (www.bcfw.co.uk).

Bargain time

Hoults Wine Merchant is also clearing out oddments of stock with serious bargains including Donnafugata Sherazade Shiraz 2007 down from 9.99 to 6.99 and Nyetimber English Classic Cuve down from 27.95 to 10.99. Prices include VAT. Contact Hoults on 01484 510700 to get on their list.

Dinner date

Master of Wine Neil Hadley from Wakefield Estate, Australia, will be at Riley's Restaurant at The Rose and Crown, Barnsley on Thursday, January 27 to present a range of wines with dinner. This event is being hosted by Penistone Wine Cellars; contact them on 01226 766037 for more details or buy your tickets direct from The Rose and Crown at 50 per person, 01226 762227.

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