The Perfect Encouter

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]