Renato Ratti Barolo Modernist, Pioneer. The Best Barolo since 1965

Renato Ratti

Renato Ratti Barolo are some of the favourite wines I buy each year. And these are wines I buy for my cellar as well as recommend for yours. I’ve never had a bad Renato Ratti Barolo, but I have had plenty of great ones. The 1996 Marcenasco being chief among them. My attachment to this … 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 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

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

Italian Reds – North vs South 1st July 2013

Regular readers of this blog will know I love Aglianico, Nebbiolo and well Italian wine in general. So with access to some lovely older Aglianico, known as the Barolo of the South, I thought why not taste them side by side. I don’t find that Aglianico tastes an awful lot like Nebbiolo. What it does … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Barbaresco Dinner at Matteo’s 04/06/12

Continuing my Italian Odyssey (sadly without leaving Melbourne) Patrick’s group assembled to taste most of the Single Cru wines from one of the worlds best cooperatives Produttori del Barbaresco from the fantastic 2007 vintage. It is a sight of beauty. Barbaresco is in the region of Piedmont in North West tip of Italy, you can read a … Read more

Piedmont Dinner and Masterclass at Scopri 15/05/12

It is with a lot of pride I can write about the inaugural Wine Depository dinner which took place on Tuesday 15th May 2012. The private room at Scopri. An ideal setting. The goal was to have a casual and informative night on one of the worlds great regions: Piedmont. In many ways it is the Italian equivalent … Read more

Some Wine Re-Research

So these wines were happily spruiked in my current Cellar Dozen. But I do like to be thorough… and I really enjoyed them last time I tasted them. Franz Haas Pinot Grigio DOC 2010  – I’ve tasted quite a few really good Gris/Grigio wines in the recent past and this is one of the most … Read more