Harvest in the Yarra Valley

Written for Spirito di Vino Asia Issue #24. Image: Redfish Bluefish Photographic. Driving into Healesville, the town around which Australia’s Yarra Valley is centred, I am due for an early morning meeting with Steve Flamsteed, before his day starts to fill up with the duties of Head Winemaker and now part owner of Giant Steps. […]


Mammoths – who doesn’t love them?

Image credit: Mahana Estates “I want drinkers and winemakers to be shaken up, there are so many pathways that are undiscovered”. Michael Glover is taking us through a tasting of his latest releases from Mahana Estates and Mammoth Wines in Nelson, New Zealand. Here is a man who after years in the business is still clearly […]


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 […]


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 […]

Macedon Ranges Cobaw Ridge

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, […]

Bubbles panorama Michel Guillard CIVC

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 […]