Mornington Peninsula: Paradigm Hill

Winemaking on the Mornington Peninsula dates back to the late nineteenth century, however today’s cellar doors are populated by members of the modern chapter in this region’s history. The early 1970s saw a revival in interest around viticulture and winemaking due in part to the potential offered by the maritime climate for producing quality wines.Continue reading “Mornington Peninsula: Paradigm Hill”

Mornington Peninsula: Main Ridge Estate

The view from the Main Ridge Estate cellar door verandah. Drive down the dusty, winding William Road of Red Hill and you will be faced with a dilemma – turn left for Red Hill Cheese or right for one of Mornington Peninsula’s icons, Main Ridge Estate. It’s a tough one, particularly in our household asContinue reading “Mornington Peninsula: Main Ridge Estate”

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 ownContinue reading “Hunter Valley Cellar Doors”

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 updatedContinue reading “A podcast debut with Wine for Normal People … Yarra Valley”

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,Continue reading “There’s more to Melbourne’s dress circle than you might think!”

What I’ve been drinking – Wild Run, Daytime Red and a Spring Pinot

Entrance to Yarra Valley Dairy Within a fortnight of relocating back to Australia we were in my happy place – the Yarra Valley. In the short time since my last visit a number of new businesses have popped up in Healesville including the new cellar door and distillery for Four Pillars Gin and an excellentContinue reading “What I’ve been drinking – Wild Run, Daytime Red and a Spring Pinot”

Yarra Valley cellar doors – where to go

Yarra Valley. Credit: Rick Liston NOTE: This article was first written in March 2015 and a lot has been happening in ‘The Yarra’ since then. With this in mind, I have included a few updates on the goings-on with cellar doors and so forth. Enjoy! After several years living in Melbourne I’m often asked forContinue reading “Yarra Valley cellar doors – where to go”