Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting

Wines Tasted Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Target Riesling, 2012 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Gris, 2012 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2011 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2010 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2009 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2008 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2007 Relationships. That was the topic of my conversation with Michael Herrick,Continue reading “Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting”

Etude – A Study in the Art of Winemaking

Wines Tasted Etude, Pinot Gris, Carneros, 2012 Etude, Pinot Blanc, Carneros, 2011 Etude, Rosé, Carneros, 2012 Etude, Lyric Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, 2011 Etude, Carneros Estate, Pinot Noir, 2010 Etude, Heirloom Pinot Noir, 2010 Etude, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2009 Etude, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2009 Etude, a French word meaning study and usually applied toContinue reading “Etude – A Study in the Art of Winemaking”

Kumeu River Wine Tasting – Central, Hong Kong

Wines Tasted Kumeu River, Village Chardonnay, 2009 Kumeu River, Estate Chardonnay, 2010 Kumeu River, Coddington Chardonnay, 2009 Kumeu River, Hunting Hill Chardonnay, 2007 Kumeu River, Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010 Kumeu River, Pinot Gris, 2010 Kumeu River, Pinot Noir, 2007 Yesterday I attended a tasting of Kumeu River wines organised by Northeast Wines & Spirits andContinue reading “Kumeu River Wine Tasting – Central, Hong Kong”

A Cause for Celebration – 1996 Salon Champagne

Wine Tasted Champagne Salon, 1996 A very special day took place in our household recently – so special it called for something particularly indulgent to celebrate! For a while now the Champagne House Salon has fascinated me and this was the perfect excuse to seek out a bottle… What captivates me about Salon in additionContinue reading “A Cause for Celebration – 1996 Salon Champagne”

Winestate Tasting – Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wines Tasted Coal Pit Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Coal Pit Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2012 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2008 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2007 Yesterday I attend the Winestate tasting of boutique wines from Australia and New Zealand. Winestate Magazine is Australia and New Zealand’s oldest wine publication and has been in existenceContinue reading “Winestate Tasting – Wan Chai, Hong Kong”

Payten and Jones Vignerons – Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

<<<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. >>> Wines Tasted: Payten & Jones, Pauls Range Chardonnay, 2011 Payten & Jones Valley Vignerons, Syrah, 2012 Recently back in Melbourne I found myself sitting inContinue reading “Payten and Jones Vignerons – Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia”

Circe Wines – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Wines Tasted: Circe Wines, Red Hill South Chardonnay, 2011 Circe Wines, Hillcrest Chardonnay, 2011 Circe Wines, Red Hill South Pinot Noir, 2011 Circe Wines, Hillcrest Pinot Noir, 2011 Circe Wines, Pinot Noir, 2012 (blend from Dunns Creek Road and Red Hill South) During my visit to Melbourne I caught up with a number of peopleContinue reading “Circe Wines – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia”

Grover Vineyards Cellar Door Visit – Nandi Hills Region, Karnataka, India

Wines Tasted: Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Viogner 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Rosé 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz 2011 Grover Vineyards, La Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2010 A pale blue sky above orange soil, purple wisteria and white frangipani moving gently in the hot, dryContinue reading “Grover Vineyards Cellar Door Visit – Nandi Hills Region, Karnataka, India”

John Forrest Collection, Pinot Noir, 2009 – Waitaki, New Zealand

Wine tasted: Forrest Wines, John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir, 2009 At the Rioja tasting last week I caught up with a recent acquaintance who mentioned he had tasted an extraordinary Pinot Noir from somewhere in Otago, New Zealand … “Wai-something”. Given my family home has been in the Otago region for many years, my interestContinue reading “John Forrest Collection, Pinot Noir, 2009 – Waitaki, New Zealand”

Hungarian Wine Tasting – Hotel ICON, Tsim Sha Tsui

Wines tasted: Benedek, Cserszegi Füszeres, 2011 Szepsy, Furmint, 2009 Etyeki Kúria, Pinot Noir, 2010 Gere Attila, Kopár (Cabernet Franc blend), 2007 Malatinszky, Kúria Cabernet Franc, 2007 Tokaj Nobilis, Sárgamuskotály (Muscat Lunel), 2008 Disznókő, Aszú, 5 Puttonyos, 2005 Recently I tasted a range of Hungarian wines at a presentation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of HungaryContinue reading “Hungarian Wine Tasting – Hotel ICON, Tsim Sha Tsui”