Advanced Workshop – More Pinot Please

My cellar is loaded  with top end Australian pinots – often from individual vineyard plots in the Burgundian mould. Think Hurley, Ten Minutes by Tractor, By Farr, Stonier, Montalto, Giant Steps and Oakridge. We’ll taste five brackets of three wines with a trio of masked pinots to finish – just to see if you’ve been […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Limestone Coast Reds

The Star Performers tasting in the August/September issue of GT WINE Magazine features the wonderfully wintry reds of South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The hub of the region in Coonawarra, its cabernet sauvignons representing the Australian varietal benchmark. But to add flesh to the frame, there’s some shiraz, merlot and some new wave reds from Coonawarra, […]

Spin the bottle – Waiheke Island

New Zealand’s “isle of wine” may be tiny but its temperate microclimate and passionate producers have put it firmly on the global map, writes Peter Bourne & Emma Mulholland

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Barossa Shiraz

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, […]

What to Drink with …Winter Vegies

As the mercury drops, it’s time to fill up the freezer with homemade stock, and bust out the classic winter warmers with perfect wines to match writes Peter Bourne, in Gourmet Traveller Wine – June/July 2018

Smoke & Fire – Food & Wine Matching

Put your smoking skills to the test with recipes for quail, trout, pork, cauliflower and beets, then finish with a flambéed baked Alaska, all with wines to match selected by Peter Bourne, in Gourmet Traveller Wine – June/July 2018

Anna & Matthew Pooley are GTW Winemaker of the Year (2018) Finalists

This brother and sister have joined forces at their family vineyard, elevating the wines in terms of both quality and finesse.  Peter Bourne tells the background story on why they have been selected as finalists for the prestigious GTW Winemaker of the Year Award, in Gourmet Traveller Wine – June/July 2018

Barossa Shiraz Shines – GTW Panel Tasting

Barossa shiraz is in the spotlight with the panel, convened by Peter Bourne, turning it’s attention to differences between single sites and subregions, in Gourmet Traveller Wine – June/July 2018

Spin the Bottle – Clare Valley

Just under 2 hours’ drive from Adelaide, this famed South Australian valley might be further out than the likes of the Barossa but rustic charm and riesling in abundance make it well worth your while, writes Peter Bourne and Jo McKay, in Quisine – Qantas inflight magazine June 2018

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – WA Cabernets

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 […]