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 ValleyContinue reading “The time is right for a Californian Coup”

The Drinks Business: Delamain Cognac

Published The Drinks Business, 22 April 2016. Trade is at the very heart of the Bordeaux region in France and just to the north of the city of Bordeaux is the home of Cognac, one of France’s most well known brandies – the other coming from Armagnac, to the south of Bordeaux. For centuries trade hasContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Delamain Cognac”

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 andContinue reading “Low and slow – that’s how it’s done stateside”

The Drinks Business: The art of blending

Published The Drinks Business, 7 April 2016. Maurice O’Shea. Credit: Mount Pleasant Wines. The art of blending and the ability to assess individual parts, commit them to memory and create a vast library of aromas, flavours and structures from which to draw on at a point in the future is a unique talent. It is oneContinue reading “The Drinks Business: The art of blending”

The Drinks Business: Chalmers Project – the Italian connection

Published The Drinks Business 11 March 2016. Merbein Vineyard, Murray Darling. Credit: Chalmers Wines Australian wine is enjoying something of a makeover on the international stage, with the reputation of wines from this great southern land increasingly gaining ground in consumer awareness for both quality and diversity. Fundamental to the diversity of the Australian portfolio areContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Chalmers Project – the Italian connection”

The Drinks Business: Maria Luz Marín, Chile

Published The Drinks Business, 25 February 2016. Viña Casa Marín Lo Abarca. Image: Viña Casa Marín During a recent visit to Australia, Maria Luz Marín of Viña Casa Marín sat down with me in Melbourne for a chat before a tasting of her wines, hosted by South American wine specialists Untapped Fine Wines. Looking backContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Maria Luz Marín, Chile”

Where the Rhine meets the Yarra – Georg Breuer and CellarHand Wines

Wines Tasted 2012 Georg Breuer, Rüdesheim Estate, Riesling 2013 Georg Breuer, Terra Montosa, Riesling 2009 Georg Breuer, Berg Roseneck, Riesling 2013 Georg Breuer, Berg Schlossberg, Riesling (Magnum) 2014 Georg Breuer, Rheingau, Riesling Auslese The setting was a picture perfect day in Melbourne along the banks of the Yarra River. Local importer and distributor CellarHand WinesContinue reading “Where the Rhine meets the Yarra – Georg Breuer and CellarHand Wines”

What I’ve been drinking – Wild Run, Daytime Red and a Spring Pinot

Entrance to Yarra Valley Dairy Within a fortnight of relocating back to Australia we were in my happy place – the Yarra Valley. In the short time since my last visit a number of new businesses have popped up in Healesville including the new cellar door and distillery for Four Pillars Gin and an excellentContinue reading “What I’ve been drinking – Wild Run, Daytime Red and a Spring Pinot”

Wine in China – a conversion is needed. Part II

Image credit: Meiburg Wine Media This is the second and final part of a series taking a closer look at the challenges experienced with engaging the non-wine drinker in the Chinese market. The first article in the series can be found here. At the recent Wine in China Conference, Claudia Masueger, CEO of the retail chain Cheers,Continue reading “Wine in China – a conversion is needed. Part II”

Wine in China – a conversion is needed. Part I

Image: zhongguo-wine.com “A big mistake is to constantly target wine lovers. We should convert the non-wine drinker”. This quote from Judy Chan, President of Grace Vineyard in the Shanxi province of northern China, was met with much agreement and a question from the floor. In a thick Australian accent came the question everyone wanted toContinue reading “Wine in China – a conversion is needed. Part I”