Chatzivaritis Estate and Greek Pronunciation …

Image credit: Chatzivaritis Estate Greek wine producers have been doing a lot of late to develop their image within the Australian market. The New Wines of Greece Roadshow is becoming an annual fixture in the industry calendar and there seem to be increasing numbers of tastings showcasing wines from Greece throughout the year. Most recently […]

Valparaiso: Chile’s Little San Francisco

Take a short trip from the hustle and bustle of Santiago, Chile’s capital city and head towards the coast where you will find the city’s bohemian sister. In a delightful counterpoint to Santiago’s tradition, extroverted Valparaiso offers an altogether alternative experience. The gregarious character of this coastal city is brilliantly displayed in the winding laneways […]

Delamain Cognac – a blend of the old and the new

Published The Drinks Business, 22 April 2016. Trade is at the very heart of the Bordeaux region in France and just to the north of the city of Bordeaux is the home of Cognac, one of France’s most well known brandies – the other coming from Armagnac, to the south of Bordeaux. For centuries trade has […]

Low and slow – that’s how it’s done stateside

The popularity of American style barbeque has grown at lightning speed across Australia with restaurants, food-trucks, bars and competitions increasing in number at a rapid pace. From a small competition during the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in 2013 to the more than 15 different competitions taking place throughout 2016, Australians have most definitely embraced this low and […]

My week in South Korea …

  This past week included two national holidays for Hong Kong; Mid-autumn Festival and National Day. In light of this we decided to head away for a week and with our time in Hong Kong coming to a close in the next couple of months we decided to visit South Korea before we moved back […]

Hong Kong and the Super Rhônes

(Image credit: Chêne Bleu) The term Super Rhône is employed by the Sarment Wine team to reference the quality of particular wines despite the official labelling being Vin de Pays (VdP/IGP). In France the VdP classification, or the newer term IGP, is used to identify wine that is produced in areas outside the officially recognised quality […]

My week in Melbourne – anything but super normal …

All week I have been receiving photographs from friends doing harvest in Burgundy, France and the weather looks absolutely amazing (thanks toLauren McPhate for this picture of Pommard, Burgundy). This week I have been in Melbourne, Australia and my view has been rather more wintry in nature.