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The Wines Of South West France

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 […]

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Worlds Best Sparkling Wines

The World’s 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 […]

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Rockford Basket Press Dinner At Highline May 2018

Rockford Basket Press Dinner at Highline.

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 […]

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Aussie Wine Month at Beneath Driver Lane 2018 (5)

Australian Wine Month 2018

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, […]

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The Best Chardonnay

How To Choose 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 […]

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View from Condrieu

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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Cru Beaujolais - Map

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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