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 – 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 […]

Spin the Bottle – Rioja

Raise a glass of red to the Spanish wine region where fantastical hotels and modern cellar doors are right at home with medieval cobblestone towns, writes Peter Bourne & Lee Marshall, in Quisine – Qantas inflight magazine May 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 […]

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 […]