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 […]

What I’ve been drinking … Mullineux Wines, Journey Wines, Chateau Rauzan Segla

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa, 2011, White Blend Journey Wines, Heathcote, Australia, 2012, Shiraz Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux, France 1983, Bordeaux red The white blend from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in Swartland South Africa is one of my all time favourite white wines. It satisfies so many different requirements being the perfect […]

Geoff Merrill Wines – back vintage tasting

Geoff Merrill and his wines, Wooloomooloo, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Wines Tasted Geoff Merrill, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 1995 (Magnum), 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010 Geoff Merrill, Reserve Shiraz, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010 Geoff Merrill, Henley Shiraz, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 “The moment you think you know all about wine, you’re kidding yourself.” This quote from […]

Yarra Valley cellar doors – where to go

Yarra Valley. Credit: Rick Liston NOTE: This article was first written in March 2015 and a lot has been happening in ‘The Yarra’ since then. With this in mind, I have included a few updates on the goings-on with cellar doors and so forth. Enjoy! After several years living in Melbourne I’m often asked for […]

Australia: Chardonnay – Kevin John, Cullen Wines

Vineyard in Margaret River. Image by Sean Blocksidge (Margaret River Discovery Co). A recent trip back to Melbourne afforded me the opportunity of getting into our cellar and drinking one or two bottles we left behind in the move to Hong Kong. One such bottle was the 2008 Kevin John Chardonnay from Cullen Wines in Margaret River, […]

Gin, Glorious Gin!

Image credit: Four Pillars Gin Gins Tasted Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, Yarra Valley, Australia G’Vine Floraison, Cognac, France G’Vine Nouaison, Cognac, France A recent review of our cellar revealed that the winery Giant Steps (GS) has a lot to answer for when it comes to my drinking choices. Giant Steps and Innocent Bystander both hold […]