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 – 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 […]

Chardonnay at its Best at Lolli REDINI

Chardonnay comes in all guises from sparkling to still; fresh and bright to bold and complex. We’ll explore this vinous diversity with two of top Australian sparklings and the best of Champagne. Following onto three brackets of high end Australian chardonnays from quality producers like Oakridge, Giants Steps, Mac Forbes, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Stonier […]

Central Otago Revisited at Lolli REDINI

The wine nights at Lolli REDINI offer the opportunity to taste some stellar wines with Simonn Hawke’s wonderful food. The theme for the Tuesday 18 September tasting is Central Otago with a bracket of whites to kick things off. Riesling works wonders in the Central Otago’s long late seasons with chardonnay likewise in a Chablis-like […]

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 in Orange – 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, […]

New Spain at Lolli REDINI

I recently co-hosted a terrific Spanish wine workshop in Sydney with Scott Wasley, the gran hombre behind Iberian importer, The Spanish Acquisition. I have a set of wines left over from the tasting and couldn’t think of a better way to share what I’ve leaned from Scott than to have a dinner at Lolli REDINI. The focus […]

Piedmont at Lolli REDINI

I’m continuing my regional food and wine nights at Lolli REDINI, after all the hub-bub of school holidays, F.O.O.D. Week and the Anzac day Centenary celebrations die down.  Piedmont is the theme and Simonn will indulge her passion of regional Italian food with the best Piedmont-inspired dishes. By the time this tasting rolls around,  I will have returned […]