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

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

Embargo lifted – We visit Chablis.

The whole trip I’d been nudging forward the whites of the region because everyone knows how great the reds are. But subtly I had held back Chablis because I wanted to keep that flint dry (see what I did there?). Today that changes when we visit Chablis. The embargo lifted. We drove to the beautiful … Read more

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? [button link=”https://thewinedepository.com.au/rankvariety/pinot-noir/” color=”purple”]Browse all … Read more

The Wines Of Argentina

The Wines of Argentina

The Wines Of Argentina are amazing. For a wine lover it is: A Whole New World [button link=”https://thewinedepository.com.au/wine-shop/?filter_country=argentina” bg_color=”#e02020″]Jump straight to the lovely wines available for purchase[/button] A country that has been growing vines since the 1500s but only really focusing on quality since the 1980s. It’s a shame because Argentina is close to the … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

What is Champagne? The World’s No. 1 Place for Great Fizz

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 aging on lees (the dead yeast cells). Occasionally you will find still wines, but they … Read more

Grower Revelation – Grower Producer Champagne

Champagne Dream 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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

WINE OF THE WEEK

Francoise & Denis Clair Cotes de Beaune Village 2009 Following on from our All The Pinots tastings a good friend had their 40th Birthday. So naturally a bottle of Burgundy was the order of the day. The heart of Burgundy is known as the Cote d’Or (Golden Slope) and this wine could be sourced from anywhere in the Southern … Read more

All The Pinots Tasting @ Mezzo 25/08/12

Some of All The Pinots. Given there has been some glimpses of Spring Silvio and I thought we’d celebrate with a tasting of All The Pinots. Well, we got most of them. Blanc, Gris, Noir, Meunier in various wine guises including sparkling, white, red and sweet. With somewhat Spring like weather, Mezzo’s wonderful canapes and a room full … Read more

A Decade Of TarraWarra @ The Point

After a recent trip to the cellar door I was quite excited to hear that TarraWarra was hosting a ten year vertical tasting showing off their flagship Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with some of their other releases.  First up was the Marsanne Roussanne Viognier blends. As a rule these blends have never excited me even … Read more

Dinner With William Downie 10/07/12 at Scopri

It was 5.59pm on Tuesday and I took a call from Matthew Hanson who I have chatted to regularly for well over 5 years now and who runs Fine Wine Appreciation Melbourne http://www.finewineappreciation.com.au/ . He said he had a last minute withdrawal from his William Downie dinner so would I like to come along? “It starts at 7pm” he added. I had … Read more

Pinot Noir Tasting 05/05/12

Over the past few months I’ve hosted numerous private tastings for customers. The most recently run event was about a month ago near Heathcote and it involved educating a group of 14 people about Pinot Noir. Grasping a chance to drink a handful of my most favourite Pinots from around the world I looked forward to this event and … Read more

Dinner at Sosta Cucina 11/05/12

After a few false starts Dave’s group finally managed to convene to taste some awesome wines at one of the best restaurants I’ve eaten at in Melbourne Sosta Cucina. A late withdrawal meant that we had to sacrifice a bottle of Cignale from Tuscany (one of my favourite Italian wines). But just as well, because … Read more

Dinner at Mezzo 07/05/2012

Having missed one month due to work pressures, the Mezzo crowd were all pretty keen to catch up and taste some seriously good wine.  And we were far from disappointed despite cork playing a starring role in two of the wines. CURSE YOU VILE THINGS! This month the theme was 2004 Burgundy, a vintage that … Read more

Wines From The Cellar

Over the past little while, I’ve been tasting wines from TWD’s cellar to make sure they are still in good condition (yep, that is the real reason for sure!). Here are some of the highlights. You can see the current list here and email any orders or questions to: philip@thewinedepository.com.au DOMAINE RASPAIL-AY GIGNONDAS 2008 & 1998 … Read more

Awesome Australian Wine

Today is my 30th Birthday. What better way to celebrate then tasting some of my favourite Australian wines? That’s right, on my birthday I was willing to brave inclement weather and bad Melbourne traffic to taste wines – so they would have be special. And I wasn’t disappointed. These wines are for sale and wines I … Read more

Riesling To The Occasion

Dr Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese Riesling Mosel 2009

Imagine coming back from holiday and a supplier asking if you’d like to attend a large Riesling tasting featuring some of the best German producers (with a few ring ins). Well that is what happened, and feeling myself Riesling to the occasion of course I said “Oh God yes!”. It is after all the best … Read more

Matteo’s Dinner 06/02/12 – Bring A Bottle Night

One of the highlights of the year is Patrick’s Bring A Bottle Night. Not to take away from his hard and inspired work of assembling wines of a theme and quality suitable for our demanding palates, but on this night everyone pulls out all stops to bring a bottle of incredible quality. We did have … Read more