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Swinney Wines New Release – Taste Deep

Swinney Wines New Release – Taste Deep

Newness in wine is highly prized. New producers, styles, vintages and reviews focus the wallet, and it is a special pleasure to drink the latest releases of a treasured favourite. This is only the second release of Swinney’s wine we have been a part of and...
Tyrrell’s New Release – Better than ever

Tyrrell’s New Release – Better than ever

Put simply, great producers make great wine. So when offered a taste of Tyrrell’s new single vineyard releases, I was excited. I have tasted releases of these wines many times, and they have all been delicious, but a taste of these seven wines left me convinced...
Beaujolais – The power and the glory

Beaujolais – The power and the glory

‘Classic’ is an epithet to be found in vintage reports, tasting notes and producer profiles. European producers and wine regions in particular are more likely to be described as classic. The truth is, and Beaujolais is no exception, that the idea of what...
Jurancon Sec – Taste with an open mind

Jurancon Sec – Taste with an open mind

Before even tasting a wine, all of us bring some fixed assumptions of what it will taste like. Generally, we’ve chosen the wine because of these assumptions – for pairing with food or because we feel like a certain wine. So when we opened two bottles of...
Wine Style Guide – What is Chablis?

Wine Style Guide – What is Chablis?

Recently, as I was about to pour a glass of Scarborough Yellow Label Chardonnay, a friend gripped my hand and said “I don’t like Chardonnay”. No problem, I’ve got some Chablis in the fridge. Do you like Chablis? “I love Chablis”....
Christmas Food and Wine Matching

Christmas Food and Wine Matching

It’s that special time of the year when you want everything to be perfect. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you match the perfect wine to your festive feast. Whether you’re having turkey and all the trimmings or a seafood spread, pick one...
Q and A with Stephen Cook from Eisenstone Wines

Q and A with Stephen Cook from Eisenstone Wines

The most discussed subject in the wine industry is climate change, and not the story of what’s in your glass. People are gifted with senses and the ability of expression and yet we have become obsessed with what can only be described as an existential threat. As...
Bistro in the Burbs – Duck Confit with Passetoutgrain

Bistro in the Burbs – Duck Confit with Passetoutgrain

The recent dining out restrictions meant we had to give more thought to dining at home and Bistro in the Burbs was born! Delicious home cooked meals with fabulous matching wines – what could be better? Sometimes modest, other times grand and not always perfect. But...
Featured wine style – Rosé

Featured wine style – Rosé

A friend of mine once said that rosé is rosé, and they’re all crap until you find a good one; and when you do, that’s the one you drink! According to him, no matter the grape, style, price or country of origin, they couldn’t be judged like other wines because...
2018 Joh Jos Prum Release – Thrilling & Wonderful Wines

2018 Joh Jos Prum Release – Thrilling & Wonderful Wines

There is no escaping the commentary surrounding vintages. Knowing a bit often makes you feel like you know a lot, and enough to draw foregone conclusions. After reading various comments and articles about the 2018’s from Joh Jos Prum, I feel compelled to add to...
Q and A with Will Rikard-Bell from Rikard Wines

Q and A with Will Rikard-Bell from Rikard Wines

Orange has never lived up to expectations. We visited recently, confirming for ourselves its status as a region full of potential, but one yet to truly define itself. Our visit to Rikard Wines was a bit of a light-bulb moment – delighting in the discovery of a...
When is a wine fault not a wine fault?

When is a wine fault not a wine fault?

Wine assessment and tasting is by its nature opaque. Countless factors will affect a wine at any showing, and if you were to re-taste the wine, in another context, your conclusions might be very different. To avoid discrepancy and possible misrepresentation, process...
Jean Foillard 2018 – one of France’s true masters

Jean Foillard 2018 – one of France’s true masters

Atypical vintages and atypical work conditions present challenges and opportunities for the vigneron. Discussion of vintages, their characteristics, merits and downsides are analysed and agonised over by wine lovers. However, it is always what’s in the bottle...
Tokaji – a wine style without imitation

Tokaji – a wine style without imitation

All wine lovers, all humans, love to get their money’s worth. There are producers, regions, vintages, styles and countries with whom value is synonymous. I have long believed that, typically, you are more likely to find good value in whites than reds. Regions...
Julian Haart – rising star of the Mosel

Julian Haart – rising star of the Mosel

I have wanted to taste the wines of Julian Haart for several years. Flicking through a newsletter from Mosel Fine Wines is always an informative experience, but it can be hard to tear yourself away from the familiar and famous names. I now have a rule that I rigidly...
Q and A with Shaun Crinion from Dappled Wines

Q and A with Shaun Crinion from Dappled Wines

Ever since my first taste, I’ve loved the wines of Dappled. The Chardonnays display a greater level of richness, extract, and texture that is becoming harder to find in the Yarra Valley, where picking early is becoming all too fashionable. The Pinot Noirs are...
Bistro in the Burbs – Pavlova and Botrytis Semillon

Bistro in the Burbs – Pavlova and Botrytis Semillon

The recent dining out restrictions meant we had to give more thought to dining at home and Bistro in the Burbs was born! Delicious home cooked meals with fabulous matching wines – what could be better? Sometimes modest, other times grand and not always perfect. But...
Guffens-Heynen 2018 – lapel-grabbing power

Guffens-Heynen 2018 – lapel-grabbing power

I first came across the wines of Verget, working at Oddbins in Colchester. It was the early to mid 2000’s, and I had moved to Colchester to be with my girlfriend. Colchester, once the capital of Roman Britain, is one of the oldest settlements in the UK....
Q and A with Stefan Dewey from Dewey Station Wines

Q and A with Stefan Dewey from Dewey Station Wines

Dewey Station Wines is the work of husband and wife team Stefan and Eleanor Dewey. When we tasted the Dewey Station wines, we were struck by the vivid colours, floral lift and high toned fruit. They did however, still transmit the essence of rich full bodied Barossan...
Bistro in the Burbs – the joy of dining at home

Bistro in the Burbs – the joy of dining at home

Even James Bond, a man partial to fine wine and rich food recognised the debilitating effect of over indulgence. In the fictional town of Royale les Eaux, the backdrop for Casino Royale, Bond surveying the scene is fed up with the “lip-smacking rituals of...
Mallaluka Wines – Style and Substance

Mallaluka Wines – Style and Substance

Avant garde wines are less about tradition and vineyard/varietal definition. Minimal intervention, natural ferments, little or no sulphur additions, early picking,experimental winemaking and a keen eye on the environment are the shared attributes of Australian avant...
Winemaker Q and A with Ben Mullen from Mulline

Winemaker Q and A with Ben Mullen from Mulline

This month I caught up with Ben Mullen – the winemaker half of Mulline Vintners from Geelong. Mulline are making headlines of late with their high scoring Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot.   Q. There are plenty of good wine regions in Victoria, why did you choose...
Brave New Wines? – you bet they are!

Brave New Wines? – you bet they are!

Whenever I think of being brave, I imagine charging a machine gun nest. Or more realistically, Sir Humphrey Appleby describing a decision as “courageous Minister”, in order to change his mind. I did ponder the name as I’m not sure I wanted to need to...
Understanding Grosses Gewachs or GG

Understanding Grosses Gewachs or GG

“Grosses Gewachs! We are marching again!” Thus spake Ernst Loosen of the grand estate Dr Loosen. Grosses Gewachs, or GG, refers to wines made from Grosse Lage or Grand cru vineyards. Unlike their French counterparts, the term does not exist within any part...
How to choose a wine from a wine list

How to choose a wine from a wine list

Choosing a wine from a wine list can be difficult and I’m not just talking about what to match with what you’re eating. Is there such a thing as good value from a wine list and, if so, how do you get it? Can house wines be trusted? Should I stick to the...
Swinney Wines – Treasures of Western Australia

Swinney Wines – Treasures of Western Australia

“There was no cloud now; the heat was easing, but at every stop the merciless obbligato of the cicadas, rising clamorously as the sunset drew down, made the sudden human voices in that still seem false and unreal…” I am a born and bred Sydney boy...

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