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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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Italian Varieties in Australia Tasting @ Mezzo Restaurant 28/07/12

 The place to be on this cold afternoon. Having done quite a focus on Italian wines over the last few months, I thought it was time to bring it closer to home and show some Australian interpretations of Italian varieties. Teaming up with Silvio at Mezzo Restaurant we selected seven wines from interesting Australian producers making […]

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A Tale of Two Regions: Piedmont at Chianti Tasting 30/06/12

Mezzo in all its glory Yep, it has been a busy week and very much focussed on Italian wines, it has been fun and informative. On Saturday TWD teamed up with Mezzo Restaurant to host a tasting that featured wines from two of Italy’s premier red wine producing regions. Piedmont – the foggy, hilly region in the North West […]

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Pinot Noir Tasting 05/05/12

Over the past few months I’ve been asked to host numerous private tastings for customers. The most recently run event was about a month ago near Heathcote and it involved educating a group of 14 people about Pinot Noir. Grasping a chance to drink a handful of my most favourite Pinots from around the world, I looked forward to this […]

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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 […]

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