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

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

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

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

Weekend wine line up (incl. Linfield Road, Lake’s Folly Cabernets and Grange)

   Having a bbq last Sunday afternoon was a perfect excuse to explore some wines and crack open some goodies! I tried Linfield road from Barossa for the first time and quite enjoyed it. We also cracked open two great Australian iconic wines – Lake’s Folly Cabernets and Grange. More details below…      Linfield Road – The Slab Hut… Read More Weekend wine line up (incl. Linfield Road, Lake’s Folly Cabernets and Grange)

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