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 […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – 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 […]

Mighty Malbec

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 […]

Turkey in a Glass

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 […]

Clare Valley Today at Lolli REDINI

I love the Clare Valley and reckon its often overlooked in favour its brash neighbour, the Barossa. Expect top rieslings, some new wave reds and classic savoury flavoured shiraz and cabernets. And, of course, Sim’s terrific  food.

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Australian Chardonnay

The topic is top Australian chardonnays which have never been better. Trim, taut and ultra-refined the current crop is the polar opposite to the blowsy ‘chardys’ of Kath and Kim days. There will be some awesome wines.

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Alternative European Sparklings

While Champagne may claim the high ground, France produces a plethora of scintillating sparklings, many under the enticing name of Cremant. Think Cremant d’Alsace, Cremant de Bourgogne, Cremant de Loire etc. Add in the historic appellation Limoux and the choice is endless. To help you choose, the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel gargled their way […]

Food & Wine in Central Otago with Renaissance Tours

A gourmet experience in and around Queenstown. Spectacular landscapes, a sophisticated gourmet food culture and some of the world’s best Pinot Noir wines – not to mention impressive, vivid whites – best sum up New Zealand’s Central Otago region. Join world-renowned wine aficionado Peter Bourne as he explores this region’s most outstanding wineries, offering exclusive […]

Chardonnay Tasting in Orange

Mike Peterkin sent me a collection of 10 vintages of his hallmark Pierro chardonnay and Murray Smith has offered to dig deep in his cellar for some of his Canobolas Smith chardonnays – surely one of the most underrated in the country. It’s not a competition just an educational taste-off.

Introductory Wine Appreciation – Two Evenings

2 Evening Sessions Course – Session 1: Wednesday 25 October/ Session 2: Wednesday 1 November.  Back-to-Basics over two fun and informative sessions. 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 classics along with the […]