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Austrian Dinner and Masterclass 26th March 2013

I will cheerfully admit I am a huge fan of Austrian wines. When a winemaking teacher tipped me off to the existence of Gruner Veltliner it opened up a whole world of textural, aromatic white wines that are almost more fun to smell than to drink (almost but not quite!). After years of enjoying Austria’s Riesling […]

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A Love Affair In Aromatics – Riesling.

Riesling is one of the ‘noble’ varieties of grapes used to make wine. I believe it to be the King (or should I say Queen?) of the aromatics. Found in most wine producing countries over the globe, and if made by someone with a passion for the variety, they will usually have success. However, Riesling […]

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Spanish Wine Masterclass @ Mezzo

Spanish Wine Masterclass Next Stop World Domination? Check out the Spanish Wine available right now. About Spain According to figures from the OIV (International Organization of Wine and Vine), in 2011 Spain had 1,032,000 hectare of vineyards planted. 225,000 hectare more than second most prolific France. 97.4% was used for wine making. In 2011 they […]

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Dinner of the Century Burgundy 2009 at The Point 09/10/12

One of the greatest parts of running your own business (apart from setting your own hours) is you can follow what you love and what interests you. So when wine importer Euan McKay suggested we do a dinner showcasing Burgundy 2009 I said yes before he had finished his sentence. For me the only thing […]

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Bindi Bound

When owner and winemaker Michael Dhillon asked me up to visit Bindi I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. Offers like this don’t come around often and Bindi is one of my most favourite producers in Australia. After arriving too early meaning I had to kill time in Gisbourne and then flying past the entrance, apparently being […]

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Greek Wine Masterclass @ The Press Club 12/09/12

Greek wine has a very poor reputation, mostly because for a long time they have been churning out some pretty ordinary wine! We in Australia are just seeing the good quality producers being brought into Australia. So when importer Pete Johns suggested we show some open minded wine drinkers some great wines from Greece I […]

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Bordeaux 2009 @ Mezzo 03/09/12

Bordeaux 2009 – WOW! Not since the 2005 vintage Bordeaux (of which I did three separate tasting in the space of a week) have I felt the need to write ‘wow’ in capital letters. I was a bit nervous to see if the wines lived up the the massive hype for a couple of reasons. First and foremost […]

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All The Pinots Tasting @ Mezzo 25/08/12

Some of All The Pinots. Given there has been some glimpses of Spring Silvio and I thought we’d celebrate with a tasting of All The Pinots. Well, we got most of them. Blanc, Gris, Noir, Meunier in various wine guises including sparkling, white, red and sweet. With somewhat Spring like weather, Mezzo’s wonderful canapes and a room full […]

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