Chardonnay Workshop

The first workshop at Winespace will be top end Australian chardonnays in the vein of lst month’s pinot noir tasting. So lots of individual vineyard chardonnays from producers like Oakridge, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Tappanappa, Stonier and Giant steps to name a few. I’ll pop in a bracket of Kumeu River wines – arguably New […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Rosé

Spring will certainly be in the air when we taste the best of the best in the rosé category from the October/November issue of GT WINE Magazine. The tasting panel discovered some terrific (read: dry and savoury) styles from both Australia and Provence. The rosé category has exploded over the last decade but we have […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Rosé

Spring will certainly be in the air when we taste the best of the best in the rosé category from the October/November issue of GT WINE Magazine. The tasting panel discovered some terrific (read: dry and savoury) styles from both Australia and Provence. The rosé category has exploded over the last decade but we have […]

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 in Orange – 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, […]

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, […]

Introductory Wine Appreciation at Blue Wren Wines, Mudgee

I’m thrilled to be presenting my classic Introductory Wine Appreciation course at Blue Wren 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 […]

Stunning Sicily

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 […]

Lolli REDINI and Stunning Sicily

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 […]

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 […]