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A podcast debut with Wine for Normal People …

During my WSET Diploma studying I was searching for as many ways possible to fill my head with the required wine knowledge and in doing so I came across Elizabeth Schneider’s podcast Wine for Normal People. I was hooked after the first episode and WFNP became a staple in my library of resources to stay updated […]

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HWW Wine Club inaugural tasting

Wines Tasted Champagne Brimoncourt, Brut Regence, NV, Ay, Champagne AOP, France Serra i Barcelo, Aucalà, 2014, Terra Alta DO, Tarragona, Spain Yangarra Estate, Roux Beauté Roussanne, 2014, McLaren Vale, Australia Roc d’Anglade, rosé 2013, VDP Gard, Languedoc, France Pierre Paillard, Bouzy Rouge Pinot Noir 2012, Coteaux Champenois AOP, France Kir-Yianni, Kali Riza Xinomavro 2013, Amyndeon […]

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There’s more to Melbourne’s dress circle than you might think!

Cobaw Ridge Winery, Macedon Ranges. If getting to the source of wine production is for you, Melbourne is your city! Victoria’s coastal capital is the southern most city on the mainland of this dessert continent and boasts numerous wine regions within a short drive from the city. One such region is the Macedon Ranges. Where, […]

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My inner geek and the Champagne Bureau of Australia

Image credit: Michel Guillard – Collection CIVC Since completing my WSET Diploma last year, it is not often I find myself in a room geeking out about structure, blind tasting and blending components. But a few weeks back that is just where I found myself and it was perfect! The Vin de Champagne is a […]

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Craggy Range shows yet again why Gimblett Gravels is a serious contender…

Published Wine Times Hong Kong, 8 July 2016. Image credit: Craggy Range. Recently I attended a tasting of Craggy Range wines from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand’s North Island. Chief Winemaker, Matt Stafford, led us through a selection of Pinot Noir from the Te Muna vineyard in Martinborough together with the Le Sol and Sophia wines from The […]

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Surf’s Up! A new wave of Greek wine is upon us…

Domaine Porto Carras vineyard. Credit: Domaine Porto Carras. A recent push from Greek wine producers to introduce their wines to an Australian audience is perhaps of no surprise given the large and important role the community of Greek expats and their descendants play in Australia. The importance of the Australian market is clear as evidenced by the […]

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Pannell’s Path – a tasting with S. C. Pannell

Published The Drinks Business, 20 June 2016. Image: S. C. Pannell cellar door in McLaren Vale. Image credit: Richard Lyons. To kick-start the month of June Cellarhand distributors held a tasting with McLaren Vale winemaker Stephen Pannell of the eponymous label S. C. Pannell. We were treated to an extensive representation of wines under this label, […]