Last Morning In Europe… Booooooo!

View from Condrieu Europe

I awoke early and spritely, ready for a day of lasts in Europe. Last use of hand shower without a shower screen. Thank Bacchus for that! Last Petit dejeunier. For the love of Bacchus, why can’t we do this in Australia? Importantly, last chance to see some vineyards. After average French coffee balanced by beautiful … Read more

Rhone Valley – There is more here than you know!

rhone valley wine map

Firmly lodged in third place behind Burgundy and Bordeaux in the tier of quality red wine regions in France. Certainly The Rhone Valley is often underestimated. Most importantly it has the soul and terroir focus of Burgundy with the Grand Estates and ability to produce volumes like Bordeaux. But it just doesn’t do either with … Read more

Northern Rhone @ Mezzo 02/09/13

One of the perks of the job is shopping for these events. Trying to slide the best wines possible under the salary cap and working out the combinations often means I end up with more wine than I strictly need. But its all good wine, so the winner is me if no one else chooses … Read more

WINE OF THE WEEK

WINE OF THE WEEK:JL Chave Selection Offerus Saint-Joseph 2008 – Chave is one of the top producers in the Northern Rhone Valley, world famous from their exemplary Hermitage (see my previous Chave encounter here).The Selecion label is the Chave negociant arm which that allows them to buy fruit from outside vineyards to make more wine at a more affordable price. … Read more

Wine Tastings

Pierre Gaillard St- Joseph Rhone Valley 2014 375ml Wine Tastings

In readiness for Decembers TWD Magazine, I have a few goodies open so I may write on their merits. The Highlights of my wine tastings are as follows: Marc Bredif Vouvray 2009 Chenin Blanc may well be the John Paul Jones of wine. Not the most popular or the most famous, but seriously good! Lovely, fleshy/flowery … Read more