The Wine Show on 96.5 Inner FM 16th August 2020 – A Great listen.

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 16th August 2020 – LIVE every Sunday 9 am – 11 am (Melbourne, Australia) on Inner Fm. Still social distancing all the guests joined us via Zoom or the phone. This is one of my favourite shows of all time. The guests each bring an amazing amount of knowledge and … 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

A Taste Of Cabernet Sauvignon

A Taste Of Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the noble varieties. It grows in many wine places around the world and people know it, and can for the most part pronounce it. I’ll refer to it as Cabernet for this article. But briefly I’ll acknowledge his father vine; Cabernet Franc, and that Cabernet Sauvignon has surpassed it in … 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

How To Drink Old Bordeaux. Great wines 15 years +

Chateau Cos d'Estournel St-Estephe 2nd Growth 1975 Great Old Bordeaux

What is an old Bordeaux? When you’re talking about the pointy end of quality, I mean Cru class from Left and Right Bank. I think they start looking old at about 15 years. Maybe 10 for a less good year like 2007 or even 20 years for a great year like 2005. It is when … Read more

Rockford Basket Press Dinner at Highline.

Rockford Basket Press Dinner At Highline May 2018

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 … Read more

How To Choose The Best Chardonnay

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 … Read more

Introduction to Greek Wine

For most people, the reputation of Greek wine precedes and possibly prevents the tasting of any of the product. I’m here to tell you that if you’re not drinking Greek wine you are missing out. But if you don’t know where to start I’ve made this Introduction to Greek Wine. The good stuff, and there … Read more

Rhone Valley – There is more here than you know!

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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

What The Hell Does Shiraz Taste Like Anyway?

What the hell does Shiraz taste like anyway

It should be easy. But can you tell me what does Shiraz taste like? Is what you’ve tasted an accurate idea of the Shiraz taste? Even a professional like me gets confused. Let me set the scene. I spent an enjoyable January talking to people. It is one of the fun things about Jan that … 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

Sustainable Wines

Bobar Wines Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013 Sustainable

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 of Sustainable Wines are: organic, biodynamic and “natural”. There is certification available for organic and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking but “natural” winemaking is very much … Read more

TWD On The Vincast… Again.

You might have caught my first chat with Intrepid Wino James Scarcebrook about wine retail (if not see here https://thewinedepository.com.au/twd-on-the-vincast/). We had a great time recording it and so James invited me back for a second chat. This time we talked about something that most people do, but very few do well. That is wine … Read more

TWD On The Vincast

I first became aware of James Scarcebrook aka The Intrepid Wino via Twitter and his shameless bragging on his blog http://intrepidwino.com/ and I thought anyone who  can do more name dropping than me must be worth catching up with. So it transpired that James had some plans to do a series of podcasts talking about wine … 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

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

A Love Affair In Aromatics – Riesling.

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Riesling is one of the ‘noble’ varieties of grapes used to make wine. I believe it to be the King (or should I say Queen?) of the aromatics. Found in most wine producing countries over the globe, and if made by someone with a passion for the variety, they will usually have success. However, Riesling … Read more

Spanish Wine Masterclass @ Mezzo

Bush Vines For Spanish Wine

Spanish Wine Masterclass Next Stop World Domination? Check out the Spanish Wine available right now. About Spain According to figures from the OIV (International Organization of Wine and Vine), in 2011 Spain had 1,032,000 hectare of vineyards planted. 225,000 hectare more than second most prolific France. 97.4% was used for wine making. In 2011 they … 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

South West France Lunch at Maha 30th July 2012

One of the occasional perks of this job is a long lunch. Sometimes you get the added bonus is great company and wines that you find compelling. I definitely hit the jackpot with this lunch at Maha! I’m a huge fan of the wines of Bordeaux BUT… Often find them just above my comfortable spending level for … Read more

Chianti Dinner and Masterclass at Scopri 26/06/12

This was only the second dinner I hosted for the The Wine Depository so there was a lot of fussing to make sure I was on top of everything. I wonder if Led Zeppelin felt this much tension for their second outing? Luckily I had a team of seasoned veterans around me who made everything … Read more

Tall Tales: Tasting Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a Spanish variety, perhaps the Spanish variety. It is grown all over Spain and Portugal (under various and confusing local names) and produces wines from light and fresh Roses, tart and fruity unoaked reds to dense, complex and structured reds that sit somewhere between and rival Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone or Piedmont. I was recently able … Read more

Italian Wines

There has been some seriously good wine consumed at the Red House (TWD HQ) and at events. At home we’ve had some awesome Italian wines. All red and a lot of them have been because customers have tipped me off. If you want more information or would like to order any of them (or all … Read more