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 […]

If you’re in Melbourne Saturday July 1 …

Come and join me as we taste our way around Argentina! Love your Malbec? Know your Torrontes from your Tannat? Join me at Vamos Bar and Restaurant in the Melbourne CBD as we enjoy 5 fabulous wines each with a tasty morsel of food specially matched to the wine. In this tutored tasting you will […]

The Outsiders: MOVI and Vigno

Old Vine Pais, Cauquenes, Maule. Image kindly provided by Ed Flaherty. If you look further afield beyond the most recognisable producers in any wine region, you will often find a community of producers occupying a space on the fringes of the larger winemaking community. Two such organisations in Chile seeking to highlight wines not necessarily […]

In Melbourne on June 17 or July 1?

Come and join me as I host two wine education events at Vamos Latin American Bar and Restaurant. We will take a closer look at wines from Chile (June 17) and wines from Argentina (July 1). Following on from my month-long visit at the end of last year I am super excited to bring you these […]

Valdivieso: Looking beyond the bubbles

Leyda Vineyard. Valdivieso is well known in both Chile and abroad for being a sparkling wine producer. Established in 1879 as Champagne Valdivieso, the bodega was the first to produce sparkling wine in Chile and their position at the top of the domestic market is well established. What is perhaps less familiar are the high […]

A journey with Argentina’s signature grape

Article first published Wine Times Hong Kong, February 3 2017. After two weeks in Chile my study trip continued over the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina, where I visited Altos Las Hormigas and Familia Zuccardi. What was immediately apparent upon entering Argentina was the vast difference in infrastructure between Chile and Argentina and how lengthy periods […]

Chile – looking to the future

Flying over the Andes Mountains. Article first published Wine Times Hong Kong January 20 2017. Recently I spent a month in Chile and Argentina thanks to a scholarship I received from the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition upon my completion of the WSET Diploma in 2015. While in Chile I was fortunate to […]