Paxton Wines from McLaren Vale

On a recent Wine Ark tasting (http://www.wine-ark.com.au/), winemaker David Paxton presented his wines with witty humour and a great response. As they say, “You can never go wrong with McLaren Vale” – yet he goes further than just good wine, exporting to many countries overseas and already grabbing 5 stars from Halliday’s winery ratings.  For the greenies,… Read More Paxton Wines from McLaren Vale

SVS tasting: Dandelion Vineyards and Paddy Borthwick

Recently went to Single Vineyard Sellers’ (http://www.singlevineyards.com/) tasting at the Hilton hotel, Sydney. With nearly 200 wines on tasting, there was a lot to taste with properly tasting each wine – 3 hours into the tasting I realised I wasn’t even halfway through! Many wines showed this and that, but one of the wineries I noticed was Dandelion Vineyards (www.dandelionvineyards.com.au/). I… Read More SVS tasting: Dandelion Vineyards and Paddy Borthwick

VOYAGER BENCHMARKING MASTERCLASS 2010

Held in Sydney at est. (as well as other places in Australia), this masterclass provided the experience of top benchmarking wines all in one setting, including Voyager Estate from Margaret River. The international benchmarking tasting explored special sites around the world that are acclaimed for producing iconic Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon predominant wines. Hosted… Read More VOYAGER BENCHMARKING MASTERCLASS 2010

Leeuwin Estate, A. Retief and Barone Ricasoli Chianti at Australian Museum

Wine Ark (http://www.wine-ark.com.au/) held their usual tasting event at The Australian Museum, always with real treats in the wines presented, and this night all wines were from dedicated family-owned producers. Leeuwin Estate is self explanatory as a premium Margaret River winery. Alex Retief wines shows interesting and dynamic character from a boutique private winery (not… Read More Leeuwin Estate, A. Retief and Barone Ricasoli Chianti at Australian Museum

St Hallett lunch with winemaker Toby Barlow

A St Hallett lunch (http://www.sthallett.com.au/) was held @ Bistrode CBD with St Halletts winemaker Toby Barlow last week. St Hallett has been producing well established wine from Barossa since 1944, with a good resource of old vines and grape growers to produce full flavour, texture and body. Toby and Stuart Blackwell (the other head winemaker) contribute… Read More St Hallett lunch with winemaker Toby Barlow

Best’s Wines New Releases "Tweet up" Dinner @ Fix St. James

1st September 2010 – Best’s Wines (http://www.bestswines.com/) held their “Tweet Up” Dinner in celebration of their newly released wines, at Fix St James Wine Bar/Restaurant (http://www.fixstjames.com.au/). People at the dinner, as well as many others who received Best’s wine packs to review on the same night whether they were at the dinner or not, used Twitter to voice their thoughts… Read More Best’s Wines New Releases "Tweet up" Dinner @ Fix St. James

Wine Ark Tasting @ Australian Museum w Bannockburn, Larry Cherubino and Croft Port

   Wine Ark (http://www.wine-ark.com.au/) had their usual tasting for their members, at the top of the Australian Museum (fantastic view! Overlooking St Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park). Line up of this tasting was Bannockburn (presented by winemaker Michael Glover), Larry Cherubino and Croft Port (presented by importer Matthew Quirk).    Tasting was, as usual, splendid! First, was… Read More Wine Ark Tasting @ Australian Museum w Bannockburn, Larry Cherubino and Croft Port