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Rockford Basket Press Dinner At Highline May 2018

Rockford Basket Press Dinner at Highline.

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 […]

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Aussie Wine Month at Beneath Driver Lane 2018 (5)

Australian Wine Month 2018

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, […]

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Rhone Valley – There is more here than you know!

Firmly lodged in third place behind Burgundy and Bordeaux in the tier of quality red wine regions in France, The Rhone Valley is often underestimated. It has the soul and terroir focus of Burgundy with the Grand Estates and ability to produce volumes like Bordeaux. It just doesn’t do either with as much passion and […]

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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 […]

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What the hell does Shiraz taste like anyway

What The Hell Does Shiraz Taste Like Anyway?

I spent an enjoyable January talking to people. It is one of the fun things about Jan that noone is in a hurry and I can get some good insights. Also, bank and financial service people really want to help and spend a lot of time on the phone trying to find a way to […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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