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March 2018
$99

Turkey in a Glass

Wednesday 7 March @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

There’s more and more talk about the historic cradle of wine – the hub of Georgia, Iran, Armenia and Turkey.   Our winemakers are emulating the wine styles and traditions of these ancient winegrowing lands.  One thing we are yet to adopt is the indigenous grape varieties. To help clarify the names of the varieties and guide us through the history and the wines of Turkey, I’ve asked Tan Sumer from Opal Wines to present his portfolio. Tan is a young…

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$55.00

Mighty Malbec at Ferment

Monday 26 March @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 17 is World Malbec Day, however as I’ll be sipping a nero d’Avola in Sicily on the day, please join me for a Malbec inspired preview on 26 March. This is an informal tasting in the style of the fun and friendly GT WINE Magazine Star Performers nights. I’ll round up a bunch of Argentinean malbecs to pit against Australia’s best with a focus on Langhorne Creek. A handful of Cahors and some suitable tannin gobbling protein will ensure…

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$200

Introductory Wine Appreciation at Robert Stein Wines, Mudgee

Tuesday 27 March @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

I’m thrilled to be presenting my classic Introductory Wine Appreciation course at Robert Stein Wines in Mudgee. This Back-to-Basics workshop is essential for newcomers to wine and great for those who know what they like but not sure why. We’ll discover ‘what is wine?’ How do we taste? How do we know a ‘good’ wine and detect wine faults? What are generic styles and varietal wines all about? Taste the cornerstone classic grape varieties and explore the influence of wine…

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$55

Mighty Malbec

Wednesday 28 March @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 17 is World Malbec Day, however as I’ll be sipping a nero d’Avola in Sicily on the day, please join me for a Malbec inspired preview on 28 March. This is an informal tasting in the style of the fun and friendly GT WINE Magazine Star Performers nights. I’ll round up a bunch of Argentinean malbecs to pit against Australia’s best with a focus on Langhorne Creek. A handful of Cahors and some suitable tannin gobbling protein will ensure…

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April 2018

La Bella Vita – wine tour of Italy with Renaissance Tours

Tuesday 3 April @ 8:00 am - Wednesday 18 April @ 5:00 pm

Taste your way through three of Italy’s great wine regions – Veneto, Piedmont and Sicily – with visits to private wineries and fine dining in the company of ‘The Wine Man’, Peter Bourne. Experience Italy’s bella vita with a glass of wine in hand, as Peter Bourne leads you through the rich traditions of Italian winemaking in regions that have been producing wine for more than 2,000 years. Travel through Veneto, home of the dry, crisp Soave and the rich,…

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May 2018
$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – WA Cabernets

Wednesday 9 May @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wow, this was a ripper tasting. It’s hard to imagine that it’s only 50 years ago that the pioneering winegrowers of the Great Southern and Margaret River planted the Bordeaux varieties – cabernet sauvignon and malbec initially – and later merlot cabernet franc and petit verdot. There is no doubt that as a state, Western Australia produces the pinnacle of the Bordeaux wine style. If you’re not sure of the difference between the two cool winegrowing regions, come along and…

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$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – WA Cabernets

Monday 14 May @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wow, this was a ripper tasting. It’s hard to imagine that it’s only 50 years ago that the pioneering winegrowers of the Great Southern and Margaret River planted the Bordeaux varieties – cabernet sauvignon and malbec initially – and later merlot cabernet franc and petit verdot. There is no doubt that as a state, Western Australia produces the pinnacle of the Bordeaux wine style. If you’re not sure of the difference between the two cool winegrowing regions, come along and…

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June 2018
$150

Lolli REDINI and Stunning Sicily

Monday 4 June @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

My recent La Bella Vita tour took me to Sicily, which I first explored in 1995 with a group of international wine scribes. Our Sicilian hosts offered us chardonnay, merlot and cabernet, which were mundane to say the least.  Then, they almost apologetically, showed us their indigenous varieties grillo, inzolia and nero d’Avola. It was a lightbulb moment and I’ve been following the explosion of Sicilian wines ever since. The highlight of the trip was to Mt Etna – to…

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$135

Stunning Sicily

Thursday 14 June @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

My recent La Bella Vita tour took me to Sicily, which I first explored in 1995 with a group of international wine scribes. Back then, our Sicilian hosts offered us chardonnay, merlot and cabernet, which were mundane to say the least. They, almost apologetically, showed us their indigenous varieties grillo, inzolia and nero d’Avola. It was a lightbulb moment for me and I’ve been following the explosion of Sicilian wines ever since. The highlight of the trip was to Mt…

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$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Barossa Shiraz

Monday 25 June @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The winegrowers of the Barossa Valley  produce quintessential Australian Shiraz – big, bold, lush and plush. The sort of stuff Robert Parker Jnr loves. Or so the perceived wisdom dictates. However, when the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel assembled over 60 of the Barossa’s latest offerings, a different picture emerged. While hardly trim and taut, there were plenty of more refined styles from newer names like Alex Head, Phil Lehmann and Peter Schell. Shiraz from cooler sites in the Eden…

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