Yarra Valley cellar doors – what’s changed?

Image designed by Freepik As restrictions ease in Victoria, cellar doors have been given the green light to open albeit under slightly different circumstances. With that in mind, I headed to the Yarra Valley to see how different things are, if at all. First stop was Giant Steps winery in the new pop-up cellar doorContinue reading “Yarra Valley cellar doors – what’s changed?”

Gourmet Traveller WINE: Getting Around Gisborne

Wainui Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand. © Simone Madden-Grey At the end of last year I visited Gisborne, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Pristine coastlines, outstanding local produce, delicious wine and the warmest of welcomes are to be found here. In the February/March issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE you can read aboutContinue reading “Gourmet Traveller WINE: Getting Around Gisborne”

Halliday Magazine: Mildura and the magic of the Murray River

Paddle Vessel Rothbury on the banks of the Murray River, Mildura. © Simone Madden-Grey Australia is doing it tough at the moment with communities across the country dealing with bushfires on a scale rarely seen. The long term effect on the people of Australia and the country’s industry has yet to be quantified and theContinue reading “Halliday Magazine: Mildura and the magic of the Murray River”

Gourmet Traveller WINE: Travel Log

Photo: The original office of Gonzalez Byass founder Manuel Maria González Ángel In the 2019 April/May edition of GT Wine I wrote a few words about what to do next time you find yourself in Jerez, Spain or Nelson, New Zealand! Click here to have look: GT WINE Travel Log as a PDF OR hereContinue reading “Gourmet Traveller WINE: Travel Log”

The future is very bright for Australian Sangiovese

Photo credit: Young Gun of Wine Photographer © James Morgan Recently I took part in a tasting organised by Young Gun of Wine. There were six of use, 36 wines and it was all about Sangiovese from Australia. The general consensus was very positive with the panel agreeing there was an impressive breadth of style onContinue reading “The future is very bright for Australian Sangiovese”

Wine for Normal People: Martinborough, NZ and the Glory of Wellington Wine Country

Photo: Winery wall at Ata Rangi. In this episode, Elizabeth and I get together to talk about Martinborough and the Wellington Wine Country – a “tiny but mighty region”! We talk about the fabulous Pinot Noir being made in the region as well as some of the white wines you should also take a lookContinue reading “Wine for Normal People: Martinborough, NZ and the Glory of Wellington Wine Country”

The 2019 AAVWS Fellowship: Why You Should Apply

Last year I had the privilege of being the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show Fellow and applications for this year’s Fellow are now open. The application deadline is August 30 2019 and if you are curious about what’s on offer, take a look at my post for the AAVWS Blog here.

Gourmet Traveller WINE: New Zealand Pinot Noir and Syrah

Gourmet Traveller WINE cover image: David Reist I’m very excited to have two articles in the latest edition of Gourmet Traveller WINE covering one of my favourite topics – New Zealand! Pinot Central takes a look at the latest news from Central Otago, while Syrah Sweet Spot focusses on just how good New Zealand SyrahContinue reading “Gourmet Traveller WINE: New Zealand Pinot Noir and Syrah”