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Last Morning In Europe… Booooooo!

I awoke early and spritely, ready for a day of lasts in Europe. Last use of hand shower without a shower screen. Thank Bacchus for that! Last Petit dejeunier. For the love of Bacchus, why can’t we do this in Australia? Importantly, last chance to see some vineyards. So after average French coffee balanced by […]

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Quality Beaujolais Drinking Guide

I believe that Beaujolais is capable of being one of the great wines of France. There is a lot of average commercial wine that is often a wine lovers first experience. And a lot of people don’t get over that initial taste of cordial labelled as wine. However, I am here to say it is […]

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Rhone Valley via Domaine Tempier Cellar Door

On The Rhone Again

I awoke excitedly on my creaky futon and well worn pillow. Today was the day I visit Domaine Tempier. Glorious sunshine, not too hot and the promise of a breakfast facing the Mediterranean spurred me on to the town again before I headed for the Rhone Valley. A lovely croissant from a bakery that had […]

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99 Point Wines

Halliday and the Chamber of 99 Point Wines.

Gliding into the NGV in my freshly dry cleaned Pin Stripe suit, I could not help but feel apprehensive. My mission was to pour the awarding wining wines from James Halliday’s 2017 Wine Companion. 97, 98, 99 point wines will be on display. Really, how hard is it to pour 9 glasses of wine? I’ve probably had […]

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King Of Kings. To The Clare Valley

King of Kings. To The Clare Valley

It is a beautifully warm night when we arrive at Sam Miranda Winery. Our treat is to be some of the best wines of the Clare Valley.  Therefore the weather is entirely appropriate for the consumption of Riesling. And what a range of Riesling did we see. So we can compare and state without bias […]

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Why The Wines Of Austria Are For You

Until my first wine making lecturer talked about drinking yourself sober with Austrian wine, I never thought about Austria in any sense. When she wrote the words ‘Grüner Veltliner’ on the top of my notebook my fate was sealed. Further study (that does include drinking) opened me up to the world of their two standout […]

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My Great Quality Champagne Discovery

If you were to ask me about quality Champagne, I’d tell you I’m not a fan of Veuve Clicquot (or most of the big houses). I actively avoid Veuve because I’ve always found there are better quality products in the market. And then I had a glass of Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2008 thrust into my […]

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Introduction to Greek Wine

For most people, the reputation of Greek wine precedes and possibly prevents the tasting of any of the product. I’m hear to tell you that if you’re not drinking Greek wine you are missing out. The good stuff, and there is some undeniably world class wine available, is equal in quality with anything that you […]

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A great show from a bad vintage

Bad Vintage. Go to time out.

Sitting warm and dry at Matteo’s on a miserable winters night. Outside it is pouring with rain, so much so that I begged to be driven instead of taking my normal course on the the train. A lot of effort to drink wine from a bad vintage right? While the rain lashes outside, creating a […]

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Wine & Food & Wine Matching

Food & Wine Matching is a conundrum for the ages. However, it is not as hard as it may seem at first glance. The basic premise is either: You have a special wine you want to drink and need to know what food to serve it with. You have a special dish you want to […]

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Rhone Valley – There is more here than you know!

Firmly lodged in third place behind Burgundy and Bordeaux in the tier of quality red wine regions in France, The Rhone Valley is often underestimated. It has the soul and terroir focus of Burgundy with the Grand Estates and ability to produce volumes like Bordeaux. It just doesn’t do either with as much passion and […]

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