Pikes Masterclass, with Peter Bentley

Situated in the Clare Valley, Pikes is a family owned winery, known to produce excellent Riesling. Quick note on Riesling! One of the most underrated wine varieties in Australia, it’s an aromatic white wine with a beautiful but delicate fragrance – which may include notes such as floral/blossoms, honeysuckle, citrus, green apple, lime and mineral. All on… Read More Pikes Masterclass, with Peter Bentley

Produttori del Barbaresco – New Release 2007 Vintage

Produttori del Barbaresco is a co-operative from the famous Barbaresco wine appelation in Piedmont, North-West Italy. Classed as Barbaresco Riserva DOCG (there’s also the entry level Langhe Nebbiolo DOC and a base Barbaresco DOCG), there are nine separate cru bottlings from the Barbaresco zone, produced from the finest vintages. Each wine is a distinguishing expression of its… Read More Produttori del Barbaresco – New Release 2007 Vintage

Colonial Beef Steak Club @ Chophouse

Chophouse (http://www.chophouse.com.au/) and Kingsleys (http://www.kingsleys.com.au/)  (Pacific Restaurant group) run “Colonial Beef Steak Club” dinners for their regular customers and for those who enjoy a great dinner paired with wines/fortifieds. As soon as you walk in there’s a “club” feel to it with everyone there for the same reason (appreciation of food/wine) and chatting along regardless of… Read More Colonial Beef Steak Club @ Chophouse

The Blocks at The Rocks

“Penfolds and renowned London-based designers Studio Toogood have collaborated to create an ambitious multi-sensory environment dedicated to wine and creativity called THE BLOCKS. Through art and design, THE BLOCKS encourages visitors to discover their palettes using sight, touch and smell before tasting some of the world’s greatest wines all matched to distinctive foods.” http://www.theblockslive.com/  This was… Read More The Blocks at The Rocks

Yarra Yering Masterclass with Paul Bridgeman

Recently, a small, intimate Yarra Yering masterclass was led by the winemaker Paul Bridgeman at Wine Ark Insiders. The back vintage line up was delicious! Paul took us through the depths behind each wine and vintage – the vintage year, winemaking methods, aims of each wine and the great stories behind the labels and origins.… Read More Yarra Yering Masterclass with Paul Bridgeman

“New Generation Hunter” Pop-Up Wine Bar in Sydney

The “New Generation Hunter Valley” is a joint venture in showcasing exquisite examples of wine up and down the coast of Australia. This involves the winemaking talents of 6 dedicated lads – David Hook (David Hook Wines), Andrew Thomas (Thomas) (pictured left), Rhys Eather (Meerea Park), Nick Paterson (Mistletoe), Mike De Iuliis (De Iuliis) and Andrew Margan (Margan). These winemakers decided to settle down in the Hunter… Read More “New Generation Hunter” Pop-Up Wine Bar in Sydney

Tapanappa from South Australia

Established in 2002, Tapanappa wines are owned by Brian Croser (famous for distinguished winemaking and formerly of Petaluma), Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages in Pauillac and Société Jacques Bollinger, the parent company of Champagne Bollinger. As you can imagine such expertise coming together quickly reached icon status in this 5-star (from Halliday) winery venture (http://www.tapanappawines.com.au/). Tapanappa… Read More Tapanappa from South Australia

Emmilou’s ‘Taste of Autumn’ wine dinner with Stockman’s Ridge Wines

Last week Emmilou  hosted another wine dinner (http://www.emmilou.com.au/), matched to Stockman’s Ridge Wines from Orange (http://www.stockmansridge.com.au/). As people turned up we started trying the wines immediately and got some quiet time with the winemaker, Jonathan, before the place filled up. He makes wine without formal winemaking education and lab testings, and instead just uses his primal wine instincts.… Read More Emmilou’s ‘Taste of Autumn’ wine dinner with Stockman’s Ridge Wines