Mornington Peninsula: Paradigm Hill

Winemaking on the Mornington Peninsula dates back to the late nineteenth century, however today’s cellar doors are populated by members of the modern chapter in this region’s history. The early 1970s saw a revival in interest around viticulture and winemaking due in part to the potential offered by the maritime climate for producing quality wines. […]

Wine for Normal People: North Canterbury

Lunch at Black Estate, Waipara, North Canterbury. For this episode of Wine For Normal People, Elizabeth and I talk about my recent trip to North Canterbury. A short drive north of Christchurch, North Canterbury has something for everyone – fabulous wine, delicious local food including truffles, olives and honey, craft beer, bike trails, hiking trails, […]

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 […]

Where the Rhine meets the Yarra – Georg Breuer and CellarHand Wines

Wines Tasted 2012 Georg Breuer, Rüdesheim Estate, Riesling 2013 Georg Breuer, Terra Montosa, Riesling 2009 Georg Breuer, Berg Roseneck, Riesling 2013 Georg Breuer, Berg Schlossberg, Riesling (Magnum) 2014 Georg Breuer, Rheingau, Riesling Auslese The setting was a picture perfect day in Melbourne along the banks of the Yarra River. Local importer and distributor CellarHand Wines […]

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 […]

Back to the future with G.D. Vajra, Barolo, Piemonte, Italy

(Image credit: view of Piemonte from the Barolo Wine Museum. Wikipedia) Wine Tasted Vajra, Langhe Riesling Pètracine, 2013 Vajra, Langhe Rosso, 2013 Vajra, Dolcetto d’Alba Coste & Fossati, 2013 Vajra, Barbera d’Alba Superiore, 2012 Vajra, Barolo Bricco delle Viole, 2010 Vajra, Moscato d’Asti, 2013 Recently I attended a lunch and tasting of Italian wines from Piedmontese producer […]

Dessert Wine: A stack of “stickies” from New Zealand

“Stickies” is a term commonly used in Australia and New Zealand to refer to dessert wines and on our recent road trip to New Zealand we came across three fabulous examples from Alpha Domus in Hawke’s Bay, Greywacke in Marlborough and Waipara’s Pegasus Bay. Representing a fraction of New Zealand’s exports (0.02%, or 37,000L in 2014) these wines certainly pack a […]

The Drinks Business: 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. […]

Te Whare Ra Wines – Home of Toru

Image credit: Te Whare Ra (TWR) Wines. A recent trip home for Christmas also included my first visit to the Marlborough wine region in the top of the South Island. Given I am from New Zealand this was long overdue and I was excited to see what the region had on offer in addition to […]

Two Paddocks in Causeway Bay

Wines Tasted Two Paddocks, Picnic Central Otago Riesling, 2013 Two Paddocks, Picnic Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2010 Two Paddocks, Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2008 Two Paddocks, First Paddock Pinot Noir, 2010 Two Paddocks, The Last Chance Pinot Noir, 2010 A journey through Central Otago with Two Paddocks proprietor, Sam Neill and Northeast Wine and Spirits […]

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, […]