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Maria Luz Marín

Published The Drinks Business, 25 February 2016. Viña Casa Marín Lo Abarca. Image: Viña Casa Marín During a recent visit to Australia, Maria Luz Marín of Viña Casa Marín sat down with me in Melbourne for a chat before a tasting of her wines, hosted by South American wine specialists Untapped Fine Wines. Looking back […]

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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc shortage – is the sky really falling?

First published Wine Times Hong Kong August 2015 print edition. (Image credit: Harvesting Sauvignon Blanc for Greywacke Wild Sauvignon, Yarrum Vineyard, Marlborough. Photo: Kevin Judd.) Recent reports in the press suggest a shortage of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc may be imminent due to the comparatively small 2015 harvest and while quality has been assessed as very […]

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Chilean wine: Aresti – keeping it in the family

Last week I received a selection of wines from the Aresti winery in Chile. Being a fan of Chilean wines but not knowing too much about Aresti I was keen to find out more and taste through the samples received. Aresti Wine of Chile dates to 1951 when Vicente Aresti decided to establish a winery […]

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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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Ferrari Carano: Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

Wine Tasted: Ferrari Carano Wines, Sonoma County, Fumé Blanc, 2013 At a recent tasting with my WSET Diploma group the 2013 Ferrari Carano Fumé Blanc was one of the wines in our lineup. With pro-Sauvignon Blanc and I-would-rather-have-anything-else drinkers in our group it was very interesting to find that the unanimous assessment was very favourable […]

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Lower Alcohol Wine – Just What the Doctor Ordered …

Wines Tasted Forrest Wines, Marlborough, The Doctors’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Forrest Wines, Marlborough, The Forrest Collection Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 The stars seemed to have aligned in my small part of the universe to afford me not only the opportunity of meeting Dr. John Forrest of Forrest Wines but to taste one of his low alcohol […]

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Margaret River Wine – A Conversation

Wines Tasted Thompson Estate, Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Happs Three Hills, Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Deep Woods, Reserve Chardonnay, 2012 Rosily Vineyard, Chardonnay 2011 Pierro, Chardonnay, 2011 Vasse Felix, Heytesbury Chardonnay, 2011 Xanadu, Reserve Chardonnay, 2010 Credaro Family Estate, Chardonnay, 2010 Credaro Family Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Pierro, Fermoy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Happs Three […]