Surf’s Up! A new wave of Greek wine is upon us…

Domaine Porto Carras vineyard. Credit: Domaine Porto Carras. A recent push from Greek wine producers to introduce their wines to an Australian audience is perhaps of no surprise given the large and important role the community of Greek expats and their descendants play in Australia. The importance of the Australian market is clear as evidenced by the […]

Pannell’s Path – a tasting with S. C. Pannell

Published The Drinks Business, 20 June 2016. Image: S. C. Pannell cellar door in McLaren Vale. Image credit: Richard Lyons. To kick-start the month of June Cellarhand distributors held a tasting with McLaren Vale winemaker Stephen Pannell of the eponymous label S. C. Pannell. We were treated to an extensive representation of wines under this label, […]

The brand Barolo – a tasting with Accademia del Barolo

It is “a shared philosophy of quality” that unites the twelve families of Accademia del Barolo, Matteo Sardagna of Poderi Luigi Einaudi tells us as we begin to taste a selection of Barolo from the 2012 vintage. Yesterday a small group of press and media were invited to a tasting led by Gianni Gagliardo and Matteo Sardagna, as a […]

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 Valley […]

Delamain Cognac – a blend of the old and the new

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 has […]

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 and […]

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 one […]