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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 […]

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The time is right for a Californian Coup

Yesterday, the first day in the VinExpo 2016 calendar, marked the Asian debut of Premiere Napa Valley in preparation for the November auction with Christies Auction House. Hosted by Meiburg Wine Media, members of the press and media were treated to a sampling of nine previously released Premier Napa Valley auction wines. The Premiere Napa Valley […]

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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 […]

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We’re not in Kansas anymore …

Rewritten for The Drinks Business 18 February 2015 We’re in Melbourne Australia at the inaugural Melbourne Barbecue Festival and the first Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s February 1 and the competitors who have been up all through the cold and wet night are gearing up for the final […]

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Ferrari Carano: Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

Wine Tasted: Ferrari Carano Wines, Sonoma County, Fumé Blanc, 2013 At a recent tasting with my WSET Diploma group the 2013 Ferrari Carano Fumé Blanc was one of the wines in our lineup. With pro-Sauvignon Blanc and I-would-rather-have-anything-else drinkers in our group it was very interesting to find that the unanimous assessment was very favourable […]

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Burgundian or Oregondian?

Wines Tasted Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2012 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir 2010 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 A pinot noir being described as Burgundian is always a bit of a double-edged sword when the wine […]

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Etude – A Study in the Art of Winemaking

Wines Tasted Etude, Pinot Gris, Carneros, 2012 Etude, Pinot Blanc, Carneros, 2011 Etude, Rosé, Carneros, 2012 Etude, Lyric Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, 2011 Etude, Carneros Estate, Pinot Noir, 2010 Etude, Heirloom Pinot Noir, 2010 Etude, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2009 Etude, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2009 Etude, a French word meaning study and usually applied to […]