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A Taste Of Cabernet

A Taste Of Cabernet Sauvignon

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 […]

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Worlds Best Sparkling Wines

The World’s 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 […]

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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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The Best Chardonnay

How To Choose 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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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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?   The Pinot Family […]

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The Wines of Argentina

Intro to Argentina

A Whole New World Jump straight to the lovely wines available for purchase. A country that has been growing vines since the 1500s but only really focussing on quality since the 1980s. It’s a shame because Argentina is close to the most perfect place to grow grapes on the planet. Why is this? The Andes mountain […]

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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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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 […]

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