Bordeaux 2020 En-Primeur a good vintage for gorgeous Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2020

Bordeaux 2020 is a modern vintage. There were short periods of drought, excessive heat, thunderstorms, a bit of hail. Past vintages would be summed up by one of those traits, not having all of them in small patches. The wines from Bordeaux 2020 are good; some are spectacular. It would be fair to say that … Read more

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 16th August 2020 – A Great listen.

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 11th August 2019. Live, every Sunday 9am - 11am (Melbourne, Australia) on Inner Fm.

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 16th August 2020 – LIVE every Sunday 9 am – 11 am (Melbourne, Australia) on Inner Fm. Still social distancing all the guests joined us via Zoom or the phone. This is one of my favourite shows of all time. The guests each bring an amazing amount of knowledge and … Read more

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 19th July 2020

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 11th August 2019. Live, every Sunday 9am - 11am (Melbourne, Australia) on Inner Fm.

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 19th July 2020 – LIVE every Sunday 9am – 11am  (Melbourne, Australia) on Inner Fm. Still social distancing all the guests joined us via Zoom or the phone. The Guests Christina Kaigg – Wine Scholar Guild Becky Centeno – Modus Operandi Brewing Michael Trembath – Trembath and Taylor Check … Read more

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 5th July 2020 – Talking Touriga

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 11th August 2019. Live, every Sunday 9am - 11am (Melbourne, Australia) on Inner Fm.

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 5th July 2020 – Talking Touriga. LIVE every Sunday 9am – 11am  (Melbourne, Australia) on Inner Fm. Still social distancing all the guests joined us via Zoom or the phone. The Guests Talking Touriga Monique Smith Stanton and Killeen Simon Macmillian Tiges the winemaker Matt Broomhead 3 Dark Horses … Read more

A Taste Of Cabernet Sauvignon

A Taste Of Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the noble varieties. It grows in many wine places around the world and people know it, and can for the most part pronounce it. I’ll refer to it as Cabernet for this article. But briefly I’ll acknowledge his father vine; Cabernet Franc, and that Cabernet Sauvignon has surpassed it in … Read more

The Wines Of South West France

South West France Sud-Ouest

Untapped Potential The South West of France is a collection of regions that sit on the Atlantic coast; running from the the South of Bordeaux to the French-Spanish border. The 16,000 hectares yield a mixed bag of wines. But when you find those producers who are exciting, what you have found is some of the … Read more

The World’s Best Sparkling Wines.

Worlds Best Sparkling Wines

There I was, talking about some of some of the World’s best Sparkling Wines and being subtly rebuked by Ed Carr, the creator of Arras, and Nick Bulleid MW. How did it come to this? I’ll tell you later. As a bit of background. I came to appreciate Sparkling wine later in my career. I … Read more

How To Drink Old Bordeaux. Great wines 15 years +

Chateau Cos d'Estournel St-Estephe 2nd Growth 1975 Great Old Bordeaux

What is an old Bordeaux? When you’re talking about the pointy end of quality, I mean Cru class from Left and Right Bank. I think they start looking old at about 15 years. Maybe 10 for a less good year like 2007 or even 20 years for a great year like 2005. It is when … Read more

Rockford Basket Press Dinner at Highline.

Rockford Basket Press Dinner At Highline May 2018

Thursday was a cold Autumn day in Melbourne. Business as usual, but perfect for what was planned in the evening; a dinner showcasing the best Shiraz in Australia, Rockford Basket Press Shiraz. For my own enjoyment, I’ve been collecting Basket Press since at least 2000 vintage. But what do you do with seven or eight … Read more

Australian Wine Month 2018

Aussie Wine Month at Beneath Driver Lane 2018 (5)

The Wine Depository’s Australian Wine month tasting is one I look forward to every year. It is obvious you guys do too, as it is always the biggest event I host each year. I’m careful to choose a bigger venue and offer lot more wines than normal so we can share the joy of great, … Read more

The Good Wines November 2017

Rudi Pichler Wachau Gruner Veltliner Federspeil 2015

The Good Wines November 2017. Drink as your wine guy does. At least until I get to know your palate. Then the 3 bottles per month are tailored to your palate.  Weekday Wine Vino Intrepido Blood of My Blood Sangiovese Heathcote 2016 What happens when wine is made by a podcaster, traveller of the known … Read more

How To Choose The Best Chardonnay

The Best Chardonnay

One of the truly noble white wine varieties, Chardonnay is a wonderful grape. The best wines of Chardonnay are without peer. It makes some of my favourite wines; be they Chablis, Champagne (especially Blanc de Blancs), White Burgundy or good old Chardy from the New World. Chardonnay is probably the most flexible grape in the … Read more

Last Morning In Europe… Booooooo!

View from Condrieu Europe

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. After average French coffee balanced by beautiful … Read more

Quality Beaujolais Drinking Guide

Cru Beaujolais - Map

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 … Read more