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

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

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

A Beautiful Day In Burgundy

After a short delay in blogging while sleep took priority I’m back to keep you up to date with the happenings of the wine family. In this episode we wake up to . beautiful day in Burgundy with some lovely sun. Not warm mind you but the sun makes you feel like you are floating above … 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

Bordeaux 2010 @ Pei Modern 25/11/13

The last Bordeaux 2010 dinner was so good we did it all again three weeks later. Different wines and a new venue to keep it interesting and away we went. Bordeaux 2010 recap. Bordeaux 2010 saw a summer drought without the heat of 2003. There were cool nights and a cooler August which meant thick skins, rich colour and tannin and … 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

Tignanello Dinner @ Matteo’s 02/12/2013

Tignanello 2000 1999 1997 1996 1995 1987

On a warm summer night and only a week after my second Bordeaux 2010 dinner, I walked into my last wine dinner of 2013. And with high hopes, we sat down to six vintages of Antinori’s Tignanello. Tig, as it is affectionately known, is one of the original Super-Tuscan. The wine is exclusively from the … 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

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

Italian Reds – North vs South 1st July 2013

Regular readers of this blog will know I love Aglianico, Nebbiolo and well Italian wine in general. So with access to some lovely older Aglianico, known as the Barolo of the South, I thought why not taste them side by side. I don’t find that Aglianico tastes an awful lot like Nebbiolo. What it does … Read more

Austrian Dinner and Masterclass 26th March 2013

I will cheerfully admit I am a huge fan of Austrian wines. When a winemaking teacher tipped me off to the existence of Gruner Veltliner it opened up a whole world of textural, aromatic white wines that are almost more fun to smell than to drink (almost but not quite!). After years of enjoying Austria’s 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

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

Wine of the Week   Feudi di San Gregorio Sannio Falanghina DOC 2010 Having tasted quite a few of the San Gregorio wines recently I’ve been heartily impressed with them all. Their Aglianico red wines and sparkling wine are well worth buying but this wine from the variety Falanghina takes the trophy of most enjoyable. … Read more

Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week      Sigalas Santorini Assrytiko 2009  The wine of the moment Not surprisingly that following the Greek dinner and masterclass last night I’ve found an interesting Greek wine to recommend. This wine is definitely not a sit down a drink on its own affair. But that is where the … Read more

Greek Wine Masterclass @ The Press Club 12/09/12

Greek wine has a very poor reputation, mostly because for a long time they have been churning out some pretty ordinary wine! We in Australia are just seeing the good quality producers being brought into Australia. So when importer Pete Johns suggested we show some open minded wine drinkers some great wines from Greece I … Read more

Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week Paradigm Hill Riesling 2011 Paradigm Hill is an impressive vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. Probably most famous for their Pinot Noir I have always had a soft spot for their Riesling. We visited Paradigm Hill on Sunday when Main Ridge Estates cellar door was closed (so sad). It is a great experience … Read more

Bordeaux 2009 @ Mezzo 03/09/12

Virginie de Valandraud St-Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux 2009

Bordeaux 2009 – WOW! Not since the 2005 vintage Bordeaux (of which I did three separate tasting in the space of a week) have I felt the need to write ‘wow’ in capital letters. I was a bit nervous to see if the wines lived up the the massive hype for a couple of reasons. First and foremost … 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