Kumeu River Wine Tasting – Central, Hong Kong

Wines Tasted Kumeu River, Village Chardonnay, 2009 Kumeu River, Estate Chardonnay, 2010 Kumeu River, Coddington Chardonnay, 2009 Kumeu River, Hunting Hill Chardonnay, 2007 Kumeu River, Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010 Kumeu River, Pinot Gris, 2010 Kumeu River, Pinot Noir, 2007 Yesterday I attended a tasting of Kumeu River wines organised by Northeast Wines & Spirits andContinue reading “Kumeu River Wine Tasting – Central, Hong Kong”

Jamsheed Wines – Victoria, Australia

Wines Tasted Jamsheed Wines, Great Western Garden Gully Syrah, 2011 Jamsheed Wines, Healesville, Yarra Valley Syrah, 2011 Jamsheed Wines, Beechworth Syrah, 2011 Before I met Gary Mills, the winemaker of Jamsheed wines in Victoria Australia, I assumed he studied Perisan literature as part of his Bachelor of Literature given the quotes from Rumi and JamsheedContinue reading “Jamsheed Wines – Victoria, Australia”

A Cause for Celebration – 1996 Salon Champagne

Wine Tasted Champagne Salon, 1996 A very special day took place in our household recently – so special it called for something particularly indulgent to celebrate! For a while now the Champagne House Salon has fascinated me and this was the perfect excuse to seek out a bottle… What captivates me about Salon in additionContinue reading “A Cause for Celebration – 1996 Salon Champagne”

Winestate Tasting – Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wines Tasted Coal Pit Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Coal Pit Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2012 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2008 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2007 Yesterday I attend the Winestate tasting of boutique wines from Australia and New Zealand. Winestate Magazine is Australia and New Zealand’s oldest wine publication and has been in existenceContinue reading “Winestate Tasting – Wan Chai, Hong Kong”

Payten and Jones Vignerons – Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

<<<UPDATE JANUARY 2018: Payten & Jones have just opened a cellar door! It’s open 7 days a week so check out their website for hours and be sure to visit. >>> Wines Tasted: Payten & Jones, Pauls Range Chardonnay, 2011 Payten & Jones Valley Vignerons, Syrah, 2012 Recently back in Melbourne I found myself sitting inContinue reading “Payten and Jones Vignerons – Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia”

Circe Wines – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Wines Tasted: Circe Wines, Red Hill South Chardonnay, 2011 Circe Wines, Hillcrest Chardonnay, 2011 Circe Wines, Red Hill South Pinot Noir, 2011 Circe Wines, Hillcrest Pinot Noir, 2011 Circe Wines, Pinot Noir, 2012 (blend from Dunns Creek Road and Red Hill South) During my visit to Melbourne I caught up with a number of peopleContinue reading “Circe Wines – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia”

Grover Vineyards Cellar Door Visit – Nandi Hills Region, Karnataka, India

Wines Tasted: Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Viogner 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Rosé 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz 2011 Grover Vineyards, La Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2010 A pale blue sky above orange soil, purple wisteria and white frangipani moving gently in the hot, dryContinue reading “Grover Vineyards Cellar Door Visit – Nandi Hills Region, Karnataka, India”

The 8th Estate Winery Cellar Door Visit – Ap Lei Chau

Wines Tasted: The 8th Estate Winery, Riesling 2010 The 8th Estate Winery, Sangiovese 2008 The 8th Estate Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 The 8th Estate Winery, Rosé 2011 The 8th Estate Winery, Prelude, Cabernet Franc 2007 Easter week-end in Hong Kong and it is cold and very rainy so what better to do than visit HongContinue reading “The 8th Estate Winery Cellar Door Visit – Ap Lei Chau”

John Forrest Collection, Pinot Noir, 2009 – Waitaki, New Zealand

Wine tasted: Forrest Wines, John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir, 2009 At the Rioja tasting last week I caught up with a recent acquaintance who mentioned he had tasted an extraordinary Pinot Noir from somewhere in Otago, New Zealand … “Wai-something”. Given my family home has been in the Otago region for many years, my interestContinue reading “John Forrest Collection, Pinot Noir, 2009 – Waitaki, New Zealand”

Grand Rioja Tasting and Masterclass – Langham Place Hotel, Mong Kok

Wines tasted: Conde De Valdemar, Finca Alto de Cantabria 2010 Beronia, Crianza 2009 Viña Pomal, Crianza 2009 Zuazo Gaston, Reserva 2008 Predicador, Tinto 2010 After the success of last years First Grand Rioja Tasting it was with much excitement that the Second Grand Rioja Tasting took place. Over 60 wineries presented their version of oneContinue reading “Grand Rioja Tasting and Masterclass – Langham Place Hotel, Mong Kok”