Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard

Biochar Kiln at Mt Difficulty, Central Otago, New Zealand. Image: James Dicey In my first article for Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine I investigate the potential benefits of using biochar in the vineyard. What is biochar and how is it being used in New Zealand and Australia? To read the full article […]

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 door […]

Sarah Heller MW and some of her favourite bottles

I am delighted to be included in this list from Sarah Heller MW for the latest edition of Tatler Hong Kong. Who else does she consider influential when it comes to wine and what wine find did I introduce her to? Read on … Happy Drinking!

Gourmet Traveller WINE: Getting Around Gisborne

Wainui Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand 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 about some of the […]

Halliday Magazine: Mildura and the magic of the Murray River

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 the wine industry is no exception. The immediate impact on local business and communities is […]

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 here […]

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 on […]

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.

Jetstar Inflight Magazine: Queenstown

For my first feature with Jetstar Inflight Magazine I take a look at where to find a tasty tipple and a delicious dish to snack on in one of my favourite places – Queenstown. Click here to see where I recommend. Happy Drinking!

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 Syrah […]

Adelaide: It’s all about food, wine and laughter …

Food, wine and laughter with Henschke and Hutton Vale Wines. Image credit: © Dragan Radocaj. In Adelaide you will find a vinous adventure like no other, for nowhere else in the world exist the oldest Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre vines still used in the production of wine. Complementing this wealth of vinous history is a […]

SevenFifty Daily: The Rise of Australia’s Other Grapes

Yangarra Estate Grenache Vineyard, McLaren Vale. Image credit: © Milton Wordley Published by SevenFifty Daily, January 25 2019. The art of storytelling is a cornerstone of the wine industry. It has the ability to communicate a sense of lifestyle, culture and natural environment, which plays an increasingly important role in successful sales. What makes a story […]

Halliday Magazine: Wonderful Waiheke Island and its wines!

Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island. Published Halliday Magazine October/November 2018. Earlier this year I spent a long weekend on Waiheke Island in Auckland harbour, New Zealand. The weather was perfect, the beaches pristine and the wine pretty tasty! You can read about it in my next article for the October/November 2018 issue of Halliday Magazine here.