GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Nebbiolo

We tasted both Australian examples and varietal nebbs from Piedmont. The results were astounding. This tasting is a must.

Introductory Wine Appreciation in Orange – 30 March & 6 April

This two-night course is perfectly pitched to newcomers to wine and great for those who ‘know what they like’ but not why.  The first night is all about the ‘nuts & bolts’; the second night will showcase a roll-call of classic Australian wines. I’ll sort some decent cheeses and good bread to stave off the […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Sauvignon Blanc

This tasting showed our traditional market leaders still holding their heads high with an increasing number of uber-complex styles adding pizazz. The contenders came from Australia, New Zealand and France – mainly the Loire. Yes, there were a slew of Marlborough sauvignons in the mix (which performed well) but a number of wines from Martinborough […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Rose Champagne

Rosé in all its guises is top of the pops with a blushing wave surging through our bars, restaurants and our homes. When the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel selected Rosé Champagne as the theme for the December/January issue, there were shouts of excitement. We tasted 55 wines on the day with an amazing range […]

Fabulous Franc

Cabernet franc is on a high – emerging from its minor role in Right Bank Bordeaux blends to solo superstar status. I’ve been gathering some local francs along with others from around the country for a tasting at Ferment on Monday 28 October. It’ll be in the GT WINE format with a handful of Loire […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – French Chardonnay

For the latest issue, the GT WINE tasting panel explored French chardonnays with a cap at $80 retail per bottle. It was fantastic tasting with Chablis to the fore and many under screwcap – hurray! A number of Bourgogne Blancs showed well as did the Maconnais offerings – Pouilly Fuissé and St Veran. See you […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Italianate Reds

For the August September issue of GT WINE Magazine, the tasting panel dived into the red version of the Italianate white varieties tasting published in February. We excluded sangiovese and nebbiolo but went hard on the rest. The results were more than interesting as we tackled barbera, dolcetto, primitivo/zinfandel, montepulciano, nero d’Avola et al. It […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Tassie Pinot Noir

It’s been a long time since the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel have looked at Tasmanian Pinot Noir exclusively. Since 2011 in fact. And how the wine region has grown! There are now some 230 vineyards in Tasmania. There were many old favourites like Moorilla and Freycinet and some newer faces like Dawson James. This […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – 2017 Hunter Shiraz

The theme is 2017 Hunter Valley Shiraz and a cracking line-up. It’s the first time the GTW tasting panel have looked at Hunter Valley shiraz as a single category – odd that’s it’s taken 20 years to do so. 2017 was a fabulous year – read warm, dry and no sub-tropical storms.

Introductory Wine Appreciation in Orange – Mondays 4 and 11 March

  2 Evening Sessions Course – Session 1: Monday 4 March / Session 2: Monday 11 March 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 […]