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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]