Spirito di Vino: Viña Vik, Chile

Article first published in Spirito di Vino Asia Issue #29. Driving through the winding valleys of Millahue, two hours south of Chile’s capital city Santiago, you will find quite possibly the most luxurious wine tourism offering from Chile to date. Here in a valley framed by the Andes Mountains and the Coastal Ranges, the PacificContinue reading “Spirito di Vino: Viña Vik, Chile”

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 lanewaysContinue reading “Valparaiso: Chile’s Little San Francisco”

Wine For Normal People: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

The view from Bilancia‘s vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. My next episode with Elizabeth Schneider at Wine for Normal People moves to my home turf, New Zealand. We take a closer look at the Hawke’s Bay region, including the Gimblett Gravels region, the wines and the people. Some of the producers we chat about include: AlphaContinue reading “Wine For Normal People: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand”

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 necessarilyContinue reading “The Outsiders: MOVI and Vigno”

Spirito di Vino: Clonakilla, Canberra District

Article first published in Spirito di Vino Issue #26. Image: David Reist. It is a brilliantly sunny day in Melbourne as I head towards one of the city’s essentials for any wine lover, the City Wine Shop. I am meeting Tim Kirk of Clonakilla Wines upstairs in the Supper Club before he leads a dinner at theContinue reading “Spirito di Vino: Clonakilla, Canberra District”

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 highContinue reading “Valdivieso: Looking beyond the bubbles”

Wine Times Hong Kong: 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 periodsContinue reading “Wine Times Hong Kong: Argentina’s signature grape”

Hunter Valley Cellar Doors

The drive from Sydney to the Hunter Valley. I’m often asked where to visit in the Hunter Valley and this is what I send through to those people who email me. It is most certainly not a definitive list of where to visit, it is more a list of suggestions to kick start your ownContinue reading “Hunter Valley Cellar Doors”

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 toContinue reading “Chile – looking to the future”

Wine For Normal People: The Many Sides of Australian Shiraz

My next instalment for Elizabeth Schneider’s podcast Wine for Normal People focussed on Shiraz and the different expressions that can be found in Australia. Take a listen – preferably with a glass of Shiraz in your hand! Happy Drinking!