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Visiting Champagne? Tips for your tour.

Visiting Champagne? Tips for your tour.

Although Champagne is one of the most well known wines in the world, visiting the region is not as simple as many would expect, especially if you want to get the best of it. After two visits with plenty of research and aforethought, I’m still learning what it’s all about, and […]

September 26, 2016 ×

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Champagne – styles, labels and personality

Champagne – styles, labels and personality

As an aftermath of International Champagne Day (Oct 24 2014), I’ve decided to share a little of my experience with one of my favourite wines. There are plenty of sites out there that will tell you the difference between a brut and an extra brut, a blanc de blanc and […]

October 26, 2014 ×

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Wine Cathedrals – Catedrals del vi

Wine Cathedrals – Catedrals del vi

(Apologies to those who believe that God prefers we abstain from wine. That’s not the way I was raised. You might want to skip this post because it’s full of references to booze and what you might consider to be blasphemy.) For me, the act of tasting wine has always […]

May 26, 2014 ×

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Gabbiano Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2012

Gabbiano Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2012

Way back when I was 19 and Pinot Grigio wasn’t fashionable, a sommelier gave me a taste of some. I (an aspiring sommelier), asked him what it was supposed to taste like. He told me “bananas, and rustic country honey”. It was something cheap but at that stage relatively obscure, […]

May 6, 2014 ×

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Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2011

Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2011

When I first started drinking Pinot Noir in Victoria (about 18 years ago), there were really only two big ones on the market – Coldstream Hills, and Scotchman’s Hill. I learned a very valuable lesson then. Pinot Noir grows better on hills. Eventually, I would get around to discovering Pinot […]

April 3, 2014 ×

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Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2013

I was in the Adelaide Hills in 2013. This exact time last year, in fact. It was supposed to be in the middle of harvest, but it had been such a wonderfully warm vintage, that everything had come off the vines a week early. This meant I was able to […]

March 20, 2014 ×

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Ruinart Brut Rose NV

Ruinart Brut Rose NV

I met a lady the other day who really knows her wine. She was complaining that she opened up a bottle of Ruinart Brut Rose the previous weekend, and her plebby friends sculled it back, smacking their lips, and saying, only on the last dregs “mmm, that’s luvly! I could […]

March 9, 2014 ×

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Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2012

Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2012

There are a couple of ways to make a rosé wine. Firstly, you can add a teeny bit of finished red wine to a finished white wine. This isn’t done much anymore, and is actually breaking the rules in countries like France. The second thing you could do, is to […]

March 2, 2014 ×

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Tesch Riesling Unplugged 2012

Tesch Riesling Unplugged 2012

German Riesling is usually carries plenty of residual sweetness. Not this one. The “unplugged” refers to it’s raw nature. It’s a pleasure to see a wine like this on a Dubai shelf. Nose is very clean – slightly mineral but overset with lime, mountain herbs and a light straw character […]

February 18, 2014 ×