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July 2018

Winter Wines at ReWine Brunswick 19th July 6.30pm

July 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ReWine, 522 Lygon St
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$30
Winter Wines

Hail to those of you who drink in the seasons. Winter isn’t so bad if you embrace it rather than reject it, pining for the warm days. And what would you do with an endless summer anyway? Complain? Worse still, you’d never find a time to drink the great winter wines of the world. Full bodied, oozing with flavour, brimming with vitality and richly seeping to every corner of your mouth. Winter stews, roast meats, bold flavours. An epic Clash…

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October 2018

Super Tuscan Wine Dinner at Spencer and Co 3rd October 2018

October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Spencer and Co, 639 Rathdowne St
North Carlton, Victoria 3054 Australia
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$200
Super Tuscan Wines at Spencer and Co 3rd October 2018

The Super Tuscans It is time to share some more great wine. This time I keen to look at some more of Italy’s best work. Since their release, the Super Tuscan wines have represented some of the best wines in Italy and the whole world. The term "Super Tuscan" was coined to define the new wave of wines from Tuscany. Rebelling against the constrictive laws of the time, these wine makers moved away from the ‘boring’ to make thrilling and…

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November 2018

Cheese and Wine Event: Burgundy To Bordeaux at Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder 13th November 2018

November 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder, 48-50 Bridge Rd
Richmond, Victoria 3121 Australia
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$100
Burgundy To Bordeaux 13th November 2018

BOOK YOUR TICKETS Burgundy to Bordeaux. We are going back to Richmond Hill for our semi-regular cheese and wine pairing nights. Our theme this time around is: Burgundy To Bordeaux. Partly to celebrate my trip next year but mostly just to enjoy some great food and wine. Burgundy The pinnacle of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The work the Cistercian monks did to divide up the land into individual parcels and then rank them by quality is still used today. And…

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Sud-Ouest The Classic Wines of South West France

November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Alps, 64 Commercial Rd
Prahran, Victoria 3181 Australia
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$50
South West France Sud-Ouest

Sud-Ouest or the South West France is a wine area covering several wine producing regions situated to the South and inland from Bordeaux. These regions have a total of 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) of vineyards in several discontinuous wine “islands” throughout the Aquitaine region (where Bordeaux region itself is situated). Lack of one central governing body, a fruit salad of weird and wonderful grape varieties and wines style probably holds these wines back from the mainstream market. But when you find…

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December 2018

Phil’s Favourite Wines of 2018 @ Beneath Driver Lane 1st December

December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beneath Driver Lane, Basement Shop 3 Driver lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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$40.00
Wine tasting

BOOK YOUR TICKETS Over the course of a year I try a lot of wines (lots and lots). Mostly they are good wines, very few bad wines (thankfully) and occasionally they are outstanding wines. You only hear about a very small percentage of them because most of the time I am tasting with an objective in mind. Often there are lovely wines that I really enjoy drinking but I don’t have room/purpose/customers for it at that time. The very best…

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March 2019

Italy vs Spain Cheese and Wine @ S&Co

Wine & Cheese Italy vs Spain @ Spencer & Co 13th March 2019

March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Spencer and Co, 639 Rathdowne St
North Carlton, Victoria 3054 Australia
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Italy vs Spain. Wine vs Wine. Cheese vs Cheese. The Spaniards drink more but who does it better? Both Italy and Spain have the European “drink with food” culture. Spain drinks quite a lot more because alcohol is more tolerated. Spain = 11.2 litres per capita per year - pretty typical of Europe (eg UK is 11.6) Italy = 6.9 litres per capita per year - the lowest in Europe (this might be related to ‘bella figura’ - both in…

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May 2019

Dinner: Burgundy & Yarra Valley @ Hotel Gitan 30th May 7pm

May 30 @ 7:00 pm
Hotel Gitan, 32 Commercial Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181 Australia
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$150
Domaine Nudant. Burgundy & Yarra Valley Dinner

On Thursday 30th May, I invite you to drink Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from Burgundy & Yarra Valley. Hotel Gitan will put together a 3-course sharing meal and we'll get down to the serious business of enjoying these wines. Scroll to the bottom of this page to book your tickets. Ask questions or Book Your Tickets to this dinner via email Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are two of the greatest grapes on Earth. And two places where they excel is…

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July 2019

Great Old Bottles. Dinner With Wines From the 1970s @ ReWine

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ReWine, 522 Lygon St
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$130
Henschke Hill Of Grace 1971

Note: The date is 25th July. If you came via email you may have the wrong date. Please double check.  James Halliday is often attributed to having said, “there are no great old wines, just great old bottles.” I’ve just read an article with Halliday attributing it to the English wine trade. Listen to me chat to Marshall about these old bottles. Whoever actually said it, what they mean is that after 30, 40, 50 years time and cork (especially…

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September 2019

Best Sparkling In Australia – Henskens Rankin Masterclass 5th Sept @ Spencer & Co.

September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Spencer and Co, 639 Rathdowne St
North Carlton, Victoria 3054 Australia
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$95.00
Best Sparkling In Australia

What is the Best Sparkling in Australia ? I don’t know about you. But I am extremely fussy about which Sparkling wine I drink. I don’t drink a lot so when I find I good one, I find it irresistible. Henksens Rankin Vintage Brut 2010 is the Champion Wine from this year’s Tasmanian Wine Show. I found out because one of my customers is the maker of this wine and he engaged in some not so humble bragging. I’m grateful…

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October 2019

Vietti Barbera from Cru Barolo sites vs Vietti Barolo 3rd October @ Rokkbank & Co.

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rokkbank & Co, 334 Clarendon St
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
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$250
Vietti Barbera from Cru Barolo sites vs Vietti Barolo 3rd October @ Rokkbank & Co.

When speaking with Luca Currado from Vietti I learnt a valuable lesson on how to be a traveller not a tourist in Piedmont. He said “you can always spot the tourists because they are the ones drinking Barolo.” To the Piedmontese, Nebbiolo is the wine to store and bring out as a treat. The locals drink Barbera and Dolcetto. Listen to Luca just below I was partly mortified Because the first thing I did when I sat down for dinner…

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