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Trans-Tasman Pinot Showdown – Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2013

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

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Where The Wild Things Are

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

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Chardonnay – easy as ABC

  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

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Room to Read Charity Gala with Jancis Robinson MW OBE

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

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Vintage Chart? Sure. Oh, and pass the ketchup..

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

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Video: A Hearty Party at Adelaide’s Central Market

Here’s a video I shot at the Adelaide Central Market during a wine tasting event called Hearty Party. No big deal – just Australia’s BEST food market inviting a group of winemakers in to pour wine on a busy wintry … Continue reading

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Great Australian Wine – is there any Alternative?

I was lucky enough to speak at the Australian National University’s 7th University House Wine Symposium recently and I was asked to talk about ‘alternative varieties’. It was an inspiring day – the other speakers included Andy Pitmann, Leanne Webb, … Continue reading

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Shaw + Smith’s Tasmanian (ad)Venture

The potential in Tasmania, specifically around pinot noir in Tasmania, is something we’ve all heard much about. And for a while there it felt as if the train was never going to reach the station. But it’s fair to say … Continue reading

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