Arfion: Our (fresh, textured and delicious) Wine

Published The Drinks Business 3 February 2015 Wines Tasted Arfion, Yarra Valley, Field Blend, 2012 and 2013 Arfion, Yarra Valley, Pinot Rosé, 2013 Smokestack Lightning, Yarra Valley, Pinot Grigio, 2013 Recently I gave a tasting of wines from small producers in the Yarra Valley for the Hong Kong Wine Society. This is the stuff that get’s […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Champagne Gosset

Champagnes Tasted Gosset, Grand Blanc de Blancs, NV Gosset, Grand Rosé Gosset, Grand Reserve Gosset, Celebris 2002, Extra Brut The final appointment for the 48 hours I spent in Épernay was to Champagne Gosset in rue Godart Roger with the absolutely lovely Nathalie Dufour, Export Sales Administrator. Despite Nathalie’s best efforts and although the sun […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Salon and Delamotte

Credit: Champagne Salon Delamotte Champagnes Tasted Delamotte, Brut Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs,NV Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs, 2002 Delamotte, Rosé  Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1999 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1997 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1996 Following my visit to Besserat de Bellefon I had dinner at Les Avises where by sheer good fortune I happened to arrive […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon

Champagnes Tasted Besserat de Bellefon, Blanc de Blancs NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut Rosé NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut NV Besserat de Bellefon, Extra Brut Besserat de Bellefon, Brut 2002 Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat and two generations later a grandson of the same name married Yvonne de […]

An Enchanting Afternoon – Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2006

Wine Tasted 1. Perrier-Jouët, Belle Époque, 2006 Founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adèle Jouët, the Champagne House Perrier-Jouët has arguably created one of the most recognisable bottles of champagne – the Belle Époque. As you might imagine, I was just a wee bit excited to receive an invitation to attend a tasting […]

Japanese Wine From American Vines

Wines Tasted Marquis Winery, Rosé, Yamanashi, 2012 Lumière Winery, Ishigura Muscat Bailey-A, Yamanashi, 2010 Lumière Winery, Sweet Wine Muscat Bailey-A, Yamanashi, NV Earlier this year I attended a tasting with Grace Wines of Japan where I tasted Koshu and Muscat Bailey-A for the first time – both grapes I had not previously tasted and grapes […]

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 to […]