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A glitch in Trans-Tasman relations: Trevor Chappell rolls it down to Brian McKechnie MCG – February 1st, 1981 Comparative wine tastings are most-often prefaced with the disclaimer “this is not a competition” and I most-often agree. But there’s a looming … Continue reading
Full house at Rootstock Sydney, Sunday February 17th, 2013 Euphoria. That’s what hit hard on arrival at the Italian Forum yesterday in Sydney’s Leichardt at the inaugural Rootstock wine festival. When organizer Giorgio de Maria first told me about it … Continue reading
All mataro / mourvèdre / monastrell dinner menu at Melbourne’s delightfully quirky and cosy Libertine: On arrival – 2011 Bespoke Bros. Rosé Wild boar noisette, Waldorf garni & riesling with 2010 Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvèdre 2011 Ruggabellus Fluus Pigeon … Continue reading
What the f#ck would a couple of westies like Kath and Kim know about chardonnay? I mean really, it’s not the sort of wine they even ought to be drinking. Chardonnay’s not for bogans. They can’t even pronounce it, … Continue reading
A wineLENS production filmed in Sydney at a phenomenal event for the Room to Read charity. CEO and founder John Wood captivated the audience to raise more than AUD$1 million with long-term supporter Jancis Robinson selecting and presenting a stunning … Continue reading
Here’s a link to my latest video – shot on location as Oliver’s Taranga celebrated 170 years in the McLaren Vale dirt. A great family story, guest appearances and plenty of laughs. Good times – enjoy!
October 21st, 2011 It was a perfect sunny Sydney day down on the Hickson Road wharf, where Cape Mentelle assembled 20 carefully selected cabernet wines, all from the 2008 vintage, for one of their cabernet extravaganzas. The first of these … Continue reading
With all the talk of scoring wine recently, I was reminded of the most pointless association between wine and numbers, that of the vintage chart. Kermit Lynch sums it up beautifully as follows (an exerpt from: Inspiring Thirst – Vintage … Continue reading
Travel has many upsides and, when you travel as much as I do, the homecoming often delivers just as much delight and inspiration as the destination just visited. I love the fresh context that travel gives. Whilst working in the … Continue reading
Ah yes, the Pandora’s Box that is the Australian Wine Show “system”. There’s no nice way to say what I am about to say and it is by no means a complete critique of Australian wine shows – it’s a … Continue reading