Harvest in the 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. […]

Mammoths – who doesn’t love them?

Image credit: Mahana Estates “I want drinkers and winemakers to be shaken up, there are so many pathways that are undiscovered”. Michael Glover is taking us through a tasting of his latest releases from Mahana Estates and Mammoth Wines in Nelson, New Zealand. Here is a man who after years in the business is still clearly […]

My inner geek and the Champagne Bureau of Australia

Image credit: Michel Guillard – Collection CIVC Since completing my WSET Diploma last year, it is not often I find myself in a room geeking out about structure, blind tasting and blending components. But a few weeks back that is just where I found myself and it was perfect! The Vin de Champagne is a […]

Credit: Seifried Estate

New Zealand Pinot Noir – a regional focus

(Image Credit: Seifried Estate) As part of the Watson’s Wine Grand Tasting Week a masterclass with seven key Pinot Noir producers was held at The Mira in Hong Kong. On offer was a selection of 12 wines covering the main Pinot Noir producing regions spanning from Central Otago in the South Island through to Martinborough […]

Bubbles in Wan Chai – Champagne Thiénot at Berry Bros. & Rudd

A relative newcomer to the world of sparkling wine, Champagne Thiénot was established in 1985 by Alain Thiénot. Given that many of the great names in Champagne can trace their history back centuries it speaks volumes that a comparative youngster has gained such a foothold in the minds of Champagne drinkers. Last night Berry Bros. […]

Wine descriptor: velvet hug

Wines Tasted Cono Sur, Colchagua Valley, Chile, Pinot Noir, 2013 Cono Sur, Limarí Valley, Chile, Syrah, 2011 After a week of studying Chile for my WSET Diploma it was time to taste. A recent Drinks Business article reviewing the current trends in the Chilean market was fresh in my mind as I walked into my local Watson’s Wine. I […]

Burgundian or Oregondian?

Wines Tasted Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2012 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir 2010 Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, Oregon, Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 A pinot noir being described as Burgundian is always a bit of a double-edged sword when the wine […]