Wine Times Hong Kong: Argentina’s signature grape

Article first published Wine Times Hong Kong, February 3 2017. After two weeks in Chile my study trip continued over the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina, where I visited Altos Las Hormigas and Familia Zuccardi. What was immediately apparent upon entering Argentina was the vast difference in infrastructure between Chile and Argentina and how lengthy periods […]

Hunter Valley Cellar Doors

The drive from Sydney to the Hunter Valley. I’m often asked where to visit in the Hunter Valley and this is what I send through to those people who email me. It is most certainly not a definitive list of where to visit, it is more a list of suggestions to kick start your own […]

Chile – looking to the future

Flying over the Andes Mountains. Article first published Wine Times Hong Kong January 20 2017. Recently I spent a month in Chile and Argentina thanks to a scholarship I received from the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition upon my completion of the WSET Diploma in 2015. While in Chile I was fortunate to […]

The Drinks Business: Itata Valley, Chile

Edited and republished for The Drinks Business, 16 December 2016. The Itata Valley in the Bio Bio region has for many years been somewhat of an afterthought when it comes to the wine regions of Chile. At times occupying no more than a few sentences in many texts on Chilean wine production this is at […]

Spirito di Vino: Giant Steps, 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 … Yarra Valley

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Wine Times Hong Kong: Craggy Range, Hawke’s Bay

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 […]

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 […]

The Drinks Business: S. C. Pannell, McLaren Vale

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, […]

The brand Barolo – a tasting with Accademia del Barolo

It is “a shared philosophy of quality” that unites the twelve families of Accademia del Barolo, Matteo Sardagna of Poderi Luigi Einaudi tells us as we begin to taste a selection of Barolo from the 2012 vintage. Yesterday a small group of press and media were invited to a tasting led by Gianni Gagliardo and Matteo Sardagna, as a […]

The time is right for a Californian Coup

Yesterday, the first day in the VinExpo 2016 calendar, marked the Asian debut of Premiere Napa Valley in preparation for the November auction with Christies Auction House. Hosted by Meiburg Wine Media, members of the press and media were treated to a sampling of nine previously released Premier Napa Valley auction wines. The Premiere Napa Valley […]