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 […]

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 […]

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 own […]

Spirito di Vino: Giant Steps, Yarra Valley

Written for Spirito di Vino Asia Issue #24. Image: Redfish Bluefish Photographic. Driving into Healesville, the town around which Australia’s Yarra Valley is centred, I am due for an early morning meeting with Steve Flamsteed, before his day starts to fill up with the duties of Head Winemaker and now part owner of Giant Steps. […]

The Drinks Business: S. C. Pannell, McLaren Vale

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 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 one […]

The Drinks Business: Side Projects

Published Wine Times Hong Kong, 21 December 2015. Chat with any winemaker and you are likely to find they have a barrel or two tucked away dedicated to that special project – a side project – representing their latest experiment and quite often, something rather special when it makes it to the glass. The notion of […]

What’s new at Payten & Jones?

<<<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. >>> Established in 2006, Payten & Jones are one of those small producers who have steadily built a reputation for producing wines of integrity and quality. The […]

The Drinks Business: The Inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards

Published The Drinks Business 23 November 2015. (Image credit: Australian Women in Wine Awards) The first Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) took place across the country on Tuesday 17 November. The idea, from The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society founder Jane Thomson, was inspired by her attendance earlier this year at the first Global Symposium for […]

Wine Times Hong Kong: Quality red wine from Australia

First published Wine Times Hong Kong, September 2015 print edition. (Image credit: Kate Bisset Johnson Photography) As the weather in Hong Kong starts to cool and memories of basking in the sun whilst sipping refreshing white wine on the deck of a junk boat begin to fade, it’s time to turn your thoughts to wines deeper in […]

My week in Melbourne – anything but super normal …

All week I have been receiving photographs from friends doing harvest in Burgundy, France and the weather looks absolutely amazing (thanks toLauren McPhate for this picture of Pommard, Burgundy). This week I have been in Melbourne, Australia and my view has been rather more wintry in nature.

Inaugural Australian Trade Tasting 2015, Melbourne

This week representatives from across the wine industry converged on Melbourne for the inaugural Australian Trade Tasting. Held across three days in Melbourne and one in Sydney, the event started with a trade tasting of beer, wine and spirits from across the globe followed by a series of seminars in Melbourne and an additional trade tasting in […]

Yangarra Estate Wines, McLaren Vale – a tasting with Sarment of Hong Kong

(Image credit: Yangarra Estate) Wines tasted: Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Roussanne, 2014 Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Shiraz, 2011 Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Grenache, 2012 Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, 2012 As recently reported in The Drinks Business, premium wine is the focus for the Wine Australia Strategy 2015-2020 and here in Hong Kong we are fortunate […]

Next time you are in the supermarket …

Recently I attended a tasting of wines from the McWilliam’s family, an Australian producer with several different brands in their portfolio. At The Drunken Duck in Soho, McWilliam’s Asia Pacific GM, Garrick Harvison, took us through a tasting of wines from the mid-tier Hanwood Estate range and the relatively new Appellation Range, both of which showed very well but for […]