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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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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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Quality Champagne

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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In The Know: What is Pinot Noir?

Anyone with a passing interest in will have heard (or read) about Pinot Noir. And mostly it will be how great the wines are, and maybe what a pain in the a$$ the grape is to grow. So let’s take a look at it from the start: What Is Pinot Noir?   The Pinot Family […]

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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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Tignanello at Matteo’s 02/12/2013

On a warm summer night and only a week after my second Bordeaux 2010 dinner I walked into my last wine dinner of 2013. And with high hopes we sat down to six vintages of Antinori’s Tignanello. Tig, as it is affectionately known, is one of the original Super-Tuscan. Tig is produced exclusively from the […]

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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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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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What Is Champagne

What is Champagne

What is Champagne? Champagne is a wine region of France approximately 160km East of Paris. Also, the name of the wines produced from the area. Most famously it is a sparkling wine that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle and is aged on lees. Occasionally you will find still wines but they are rare and […]

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Grower Revelation – Grower Producer Champagne

Most wine lovers have a soft spot for Champagne (for this exercise I mean real Champagne) and I’m sure every one of us browses the ‘Prestige Cuvée’ section (Dom Perignon, Cristal, Krug etc) and thinks ‘one day’. But for a lot of wine lovers Champagne is something you have one glass of at the start of the meal (maybe […]

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Dinner of the Century Burgundy 2009 at The Point 09/10/12

One of the greatest parts of running your own business (apart from setting your own hours) is you can follow what you love and what interests you. So when wine importer Euan McKay suggested we do a dinner showcasing Burgundy 2009 I said yes before he had finished his sentence. For me the only thing […]

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Bring A Bottle Night @ Matteo’s 06/08/12

Twice a year everyone in our group digs into their own cellar to share something special. Each wine has to be 10 years old and European. They are all served blind and therefore it is up to each of us to guess the wine after being given a series of options. Not surprisingly we call this game “options”. Due to […]

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Barbaresco Dinner at Mezzo 02/07/12

That is right folks, it has been an Italian-a-thon in my tasting circles. But far out it has been a great adventure. This was my third Italian wine event in a week and while I was a bit tired, my enthusiasm for their wines is as strong as ever. This dinner revolved around the 2001 vintage of Produttori del […]

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