New Zealand masterclass – beyond Sauvignon Blanc

Image: Shotover River, Central Otago If you’re in Melbourne, Australia and are interested in wine from my fabulous home country of New Zealand then join me Friday 16 February 6.30pm – 8.30pm. We will be taking a look at the other grape varieties used to produce some outstanding wine from Aotearoa, the Land of the […]

Australian Women in Wine Awards 2015

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Riesling Downunder 2015

Published The Drinks Business 11 March 2015 Riesling Downunder took place recently in Melbourne, Australia providing the perfect opportunity for trade and consumer alike to sample a wide range of Riesling from around the world. I had the opportunity to sit down between events with Hunter Smith of Frankland Estate, one of the founders of this Riesling celebration. […]

We’re not in Kansas anymore …

Rewritten for The Drinks Business 18 February 2015 We’re in Melbourne Australia at the inaugural Melbourne Barbecue Festival and the first Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s February 1 and the competitors who have been up all through the cold and wet night are gearing up for the final […]