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 […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Italian Whites

Italian white grapes are very new to Australian winegrowers but they’re playing an increasingly significant role – especially when you consider the evolution of our environment. Why? Because fiano and vermentino come from warm regions- Campania and Sardinia respectively.  This was a terrific tasting. Not only did the Australian emigres look good but a number […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Australian Sparkling

The focus is top end Australia with Tasmania leading the charge – think Arras, Clover Hill, Stefano Lubiana et al. However there were many highlights from the mainland – but you’ll have to wait for you December/January issue of GT WINE Magazine. It’s always a fun night and books out quickly. Oysters with be served!!

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 […]