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
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
S.C. Pannell Wines (http://www.pannell.com.au/) – Stephen Pannell and co. came into the office last week with plenty of wine, in a silver tech suitcase sized thing which opened up at the top revealing a wine opener holder, cork holders, wine glasses, the lot – ready for action! This meant serious wine business. Indeed interest was… Read More S.C. Pannell Wines – Stephen Pannell
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
Steel Bar and Grill in Sydney CBD (http://www.steelbarandgrill.com/) held the Burgundy/Cote d’Or Masterclass hosted by Benjamin Leroux – an expert in winemaking and French wines, and a negociant (French term for a wine merchant who buys produce of smaller growers/winemakers and sells the resulting wines under their own name), and also converts many of his growers to organic… Read More Burgundy Masterclass with Benjamin Leroux, at Steel Bar and Grill, Sydney.
Recently attended a members Wine Ark tasting, at the top of the Australian Museum (fantastic view! Overlooking St Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park). Wine Ark is Australia’s forefront for wine collectors and perfect cellaring of wines, for example with private access wine vaults any time until midnight. For wine collectors, their extensive range of vintage wine… Read More Wine-Ark Tasting, Australian Museum
Recently was at Patina winery in Orange. Stunning country and fresh air. All those who was there tasting Patina wines really appreciated the wines across their whole range. Gerald Naef and his wife Angie, both from California, own the winery, which is actually at their modern home. Angie Naef is an artist and creates stunning… Read More PATINA WINERY, ORANGE NSW
From Sauvignon Blanc, this white wine grape is usually made in a different style… The name Fume Blanc was coined by Robert Mondavi in US California. Mondavi was particularly inspired by a Pouilly-Fume wine he had tasted from the Loire Valley, and as he was looking for a way to differentiate his sweet low-grade Sauvignon Blanc wines… Read More Fume Blanc!
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS WINE TRIP – Sunday 2nd May 2010, a wine trip to Southern Highlands organised by Ben @ http://www.freerunwineevents.com/ Great to try some unusual wines that actually reflect Southern Highlands terroir very well. Due to the cool climate and altitude, this area tends to grow a lot of European style grapes and white varietals… Read More Southern Highlands Wine Trip
last Sunday – lunch…LEEUWIN ESTATE 2004 CAB MERLOT Bought a bunch of these from Kemeny’s Bondi, only a month ago. First time opened one now, and What Fantastic Value!! This is a great wine, and especially since it’s so hard now to find 2004 Vintages in wine stores under $30, and even above $30 there aren’t… Read More Leeuwin Estate Cab Merlot, Balthazar Shiraz & Capel Vale Chardonnay