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A Taste Of Cabernet

A Taste Of Cabernet Sauvignon

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 […]

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Bobar Wines Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013

Sustainable Wines

It is a buzz word in all forms of agriculture and probably culture in general. But in real terms what does it mean for wine? In Australia the major elements are: organic, biodynamic and “natural”. There is certification available for organic and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking but “natural” winemaking is very much an individual belief […]

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Chateau Figeac 2010

Bordeaux 2010 @ Pei Modern 25/11/13

The last Bordeaux 2010 dinner was so good we did it all again three weeks later. Different wines and a new venue to keep it interesting and away we went. Bordeaux 2010 recap. Bordeaux 2010 saw a summer drought without the heat of 2003. There were cool nights and a cooler August which meant thick skins, rich colour and tannin and […]

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Kelly Bros Sparkling Cider

Kellybrook Dinner For Telstra at Mezzo 28/11/13

Over the years I have hosted numerous private tastings and dinners. When I got the call that the team at Telstra wanted to do a second one I knew I was in for a rowdy night. So I roped in some help in the form of Rob Hall from Kellybrook to entertain them. We decided to […]

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Heart Foundation Dinner 20132

Drink My Cellar For The Heart Foundation @ Scopri 22nd November 2013

For the past two years I have been proud to raise funds for the Heart Foundation. To help achieve my goals I pulled a whole bunch of wine from my personal cellar and organised some customers and friends to attended a dinner at the wonderful restaurant Scopri. The end result was I raised $970 on the night. Plus […]

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Vieux Chateau Certain 2010 Bordeaux Dinner 2010

Bordeaux Dinner 2010 Vintage @ Mezzo 04/11/13

This is my favourite dinner of the year. This is when 12 of us gather to taste the newly arrived Bordeaux. Most of us had bought our Bordeaux two years previously, untasted, and patiently waited for it to arrive. This was the point where we see if our investments were wise. Our 2010 Bordeaux Dinner was a […]

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Mac Forbes Subregions

Victorian Era – Mac Forbes & The Atlas Of The Yarra Valley

Occasionally a cynical wine taster gets to go to a tasting where you are excited before you arrive, you love the first wine and then continue to love every wine after. The only thing left to grumble about is having to spit out the wines so you can drive home. Mac Forbes grew up in the Yarra […]

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Mystical Rose

The Mystical World Of Rosé 31/8/13 @ Mezzo

On a glorious day, the last of Winter for 2013 the TWD community congregated to discover Rosé, Rosato, Rosado, Rosewein, Blush, Taché. Whatever you call it! The order of the day was busting the myths and introducing the world of real Rosé: Delicate, dry, savoury, textural and so drinkable. By looking at Rosé in its different forms […]

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Victorian Era

It is time to look at issues close to home. Happily, we’ve got a wealth of talented wine makers producing some of the most amazing wines you will see anywhere in the world. I’ve decided to highlight a few of the more topical (ie actually have wines to sell). This is not an exhaustive list as I don’t […]

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Virgine de Valandraud Saint Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux 2009

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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A Tale of Two Regions: Piedmont at Chianti Tasting 30/06/12

Mezzo in all its glory Yep, it has been a busy week and very much focussed on Italian wines, it has been fun and informative. On Saturday TWD teamed up with Mezzo Restaurant to host a tasting that featured wines from two of Italy’s premier red wine producing regions. Piedmont – the foggy, hilly region in the North West […]

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WINE OF THE WEEK

WINE OF THE WEEKKaesler Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – Continuing the theme of Cabernet for winter is this delicious example from the Barossa. Kaesler was established in 1893. The estate has changed hands a couple of times since then but at the core of the property is large parcel of vines over 40 years old, affectionately known as ‘The Old Bastards’. A great […]

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Bordeaux

Bordeaux – The Aristocratic Way Part One

Bordeaux is one of my favourite wine regions, through the years I have been able to taste more of these wines than any others (except maybe Burgundy). You can see some of my recent Bordeaux encounters here. The Region of Bordeaux and it appellations.   Cabernet Sauvignon Background of Bordeaux. The region is most famous for its savoury, structured […]

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