Italy and Australia continue to battle it out over grape variety names

Photo courtesy of Chalmers Vineyard In my first article with the US-based online publication SevenFifty Daily I write about the latest in the battle between Italy and Australia over grape variety names. First it was Prosecco and now Nero d’Avola is in their sights as Italian producers ask UK merchants to ban Australian Nero d’Avola. […]

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 […]

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 […]