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

Old Vines, Great Wines 101

Centenarian Vines Old Vines

It can pretty boring sitting here at home, rooted to one spot, with not a lot to do. Imagine how grapevines feel! Some of them are seriously old vines too. In Australia, we have vines planted in the late 1800s. They’ve not been out of the vineyard that entire time! So today, let us appreciate … Read more

The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 12th January 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 12th January 2020. LIVE every Sunday 9am – 11am  (Melbourne, Australia) on Inner Fm. We have two special guests in the studio for this show. Tillie Johnston from Tillie J Wines and Matt Aulich from Blood Moon Wines. Calling in: Greg Horner from Mt Bera Vineyards. Talking about how he rehabilitated … 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

Hermitage Syrah and all things Northern Rhone Valley

Northern Rhone

Why is it that the Rhone Valley is not as universally revered as Burgundy, Bordeaux or Champagne? That is a serious question, comment below to help me understand. I have been lucky enough to have drunk a good amount of mature Rhone Valley red wine from the North and the South over my years. But … 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

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

The foggy lands of Nebbiolo

The hills of Barolo and Barbaresco resemble a fluffy doona freshly tossed onto a bed before being smoothed out. There are peaks and troughs, amphitheatres, ravines, steep gradients and flat lands. The face in every direction possible and if there is a piece of land without a road or a house on it, you can bet … Read more

Halliday and the Chamber of 99 Point Wines.

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Bad Vintage. Go to time out.

A great show from a bad vintage

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 … Read more

Wine & Food & Wine Matching

Oyster and Wine

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 … Read more

Roussanne – You don’t have to turn to those red wines

Roussanne

We’ve just passed the winter solstice but I don’t think the cold weather is going to disappear completely. So on those nights when the chill creeps into your bones and you’d like a nice glass of wine to help you warm up I thought I’d add another log to your wine fire. Sure, you can … Read more

Strawberry Epiphanies on The Routes de Grand Cru

Chambertin Clos de Beze Routes de Grand Cru

Captains Log. Day 2. Today the wine family experienced the North part of the Routes de Grand Cru (pronounced Cruss according to Google maps). The funny thing was we were heading to Beaujolais. There was an unfortunate incident, things were said… mostly by me. But it did end up with someone (me) threatening to punch James … Read more

First Day En Bourgogne – Safely In Burgundy

House In Beaune Safely In Burgundy

Hello Friends! After quite an enjoyable trek we have arrived safely in Burgundy. The Qantas flight from Melbourne to Singapore was quite exciting with good company keeping me going. 6 hours in Singapore was a bit of a stretch. After that the 13 hours to Zurich with Swiss Air was so comfortable and food so tasty, … Read more

What Wine Goes With Chocolate?

TL:DR Chocolate is hard to match. Drink these wines with chocolate. Stray at your peril.  Perhaps you are thinking it but too embarrassed to ask. Perhaps you’ve given up. Maybe you’ve got some kind of immunity. Let’s be honest, chocolate makes wine taste awful. It’s probably some mystical being’s way of saying “you’re over indulging”. But I want … Read more

What The Hell Does Shiraz Taste Like Anyway?

What the hell does Shiraz taste like anyway

It should be easy. But can you tell me what does Shiraz taste like? Is what you’ve tasted an accurate idea of the Shiraz taste? Even a professional like me gets confused. Let me set the scene. I spent an enjoyable January talking to people. It is one of the fun things about Jan that … Read more

Why Sicilian wine is becoming our thing too.

[button link=”https://thewinedepository.com.au/wine-shop/?filter_region=sicily-2″ bg_color=”#cc1212″]Browse Sicilian Wine[/button] Cosa Nostra: “Our Thing”. Certainly Sicilian Wine is perfect for Australian palates too. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is bound to be full of large personalities. Consequently that translates into the wines too. For one, they grow grapes on an active volcano. And like the tempers of some … Read more