WSET certified, and based in Sydney. I’ve been working in wine for over 11 years in a broad range of companies and wineries, mainly through wine events/education, marketing and sales, as a vintage wine manager, and a sommelier.
This wine blog started for fun, offering unbiased, independent reviews of wines, events, food, restaurants and personal writing about wine. This offers free information for people interested in wines (buying, food/wine matching, tastings, events, travelling etc) and well reviewed restaurants. The way I review on this site:
– Restaurants I have dined at and not enjoyed, I do not write about on this blog (as tempting as it may be!)
– I usually only review wines I have liked/appreciated. For wines I have not enjoyed, I do not mention on this site.
– I have no direct financial ties or obligations to any wine companies or anything I review here.
– Even if a wine is “not my favourite type”, I still give credit for any good examples of that style of wine as I appreciate all styles of wine.
– Descriptions of wines are from my personal opinion, and of course not the be-all and end-all of what the wine is about.
– I aim to provide simple, straight-forward, yet informative reviews. I many people (especially from mid 30s) getting into the wine world and wine marketing/advertising/commercial interests can be misleading and confusing, so I want my reviews first and foremost to be honest, and easily read by all from beginners to the wine-o-philes. Feel free to ask any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I’ve travelled overseas a lot and hope to bring more Australian wine culture overseas as well. There is a lot happening in Australia that is not so well known overseas, and there are superb wines well crafted outside of the usual big reds from South Australia and Cabernet/Merlot (Bordeaux style) based wine from Margaret river. Apart from these big powerful reds, which are great examples, there are also amazing cool climate reds that exude excellent finesse, perfume and dark, silky characters, mainly from Victoria (eg. Beechworth, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula) and NSW (eg. Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands, Canberra region which I’m a huge fan of). These show the same power but in a completely different spectrum… The whites from famed Chardonnays to Riesling, Pinot Grigio and pockets of boutique wine production such as Sangiovese also display finesse and texture well worth savouring. And down to Tasmania of course with it’s own little pocket full of exquisite Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling.
New Zealand, European and International imported wines also play a great part in Australia, and I hope that increases too with what’s available, particularly in the more delicately structured and natural wines.
If you wish to submit wine samples or other related material for review or re-review, please e-mail me at email@example.com and I will provide a postal address to send to. All wines well reviewed will be posted on this blog. If a wine is not well reviewed for some reason, I will let you about it privately.
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