Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard

Biochar Kiln at Mt Difficulty, Central Otago, New Zealand. Image: James Dicey In my first article for Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine I investigate the potential benefits of using biochar in the vineyard. What is biochar and how is it being used in New Zealand and Australia? To read the full article […]

Yarra Valley cellar doors – what’s changed?

Image designed by Freepik As restrictions ease in Victoria, cellar doors have been given the green light to open albeit under slightly different circumstances. With that in mind, I headed to the Yarra Valley to see how different things are, if at all. First stop was Giant Steps winery in the new pop-up cellar door […]

Sarah Heller MW and some of her favourite bottles

I am delighted to be included in this list from Sarah Heller MW for the latest edition of Tatler Hong Kong. Who else does she consider influential when it comes to wine and what wine find did I introduce her to? Read on … Happy Drinking!

Halliday Magazine: Mildura and the magic of the Murray River

Australia is doing it tough at the moment with communities across the country dealing with bushfires on a scale rarely seen. The long term effect on the people of Australia and the country’s industry has yet to be quantified and the wine industry is no exception. The immediate impact on local business and communities is […]

The future is very bright for Australian Sangiovese

Photo credit: Young Gun of Wine Photographer © James Morgan Recently I took part in a tasting organised by Young Gun of Wine. There were six of use, 36 wines and it was all about Sangiovese from Australia. The general consensus was very positive with the panel agreeing there was an impressive breadth of style on […]

The 2019 AAVWS Fellowship: Why You Should Apply

Last year I had the privilege of being the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show Fellow and applications for this year’s Fellow are now open. The application deadline is August 30 2019 and if you are curious about what’s on offer, take a look at my post for the AAVWS Blog here.

Adelaide: It’s all about food, wine and laughter …

Food, wine and laughter with Henschke and Hutton Vale Wines. Image credit: © Dragan Radocaj. In Adelaide you will find a vinous adventure like no other, for nowhere else in the world exist the oldest Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre vines still used in the production of wine. Complementing this wealth of vinous history is a […]

SevenFifty Daily: The Rise of Australia’s Other Grapes

Yangarra Estate Grenache Vineyard, McLaren Vale. Image credit: © Milton Wordley Published by SevenFifty Daily, January 25 2019. The art of storytelling is a cornerstone of the wine industry. It has the ability to communicate a sense of lifestyle, culture and natural environment, which plays an increasingly important role in successful sales. What makes a story […]

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. […]

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 as […]

Australian Women in Wine Awards: it’s time for us all to celebrate

Australian Women in Wine Awards 2017 at Australia House, London. Photo: AWIWA The Australian Women in Wine Awards took place yesterday with the core event celebrated at Australia House in London together with multiple satellite events across Australia. This year I had the pleasure of being directly involved in hosting a Melbourne event together with […]

Spirito di Vino: Clonakilla, Canberra District

Article first published in Spirito di Vino Issue #26. Image: David Reist. It is a brilliantly sunny day in Melbourne as I head towards one of the city’s essentials for any wine lover, the City Wine Shop. I am meeting Tim Kirk of Clonakilla Wines upstairs in the Supper Club before he leads a dinner at the […]

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 […]