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 […]

Mighty Malbec at Ferment

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 26 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 […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Grenache and blends

The GT WINE Magazine tasting panel recently tasted their way through 70 Australian grenache and grenache blends – in the GSM style.  This workhorse variety is often overlooked in the rush to pinot or adoration of shiraz. Naturally the best wines came from McLaren Vale and the Barossa – but were the pure grenache wines […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Grenache and blends

The GT WINE Magazine tasting panel recently tasted their way through 70 Australian grenache and grenache blends – in the GSM style.  This workhorse variety is oft overlooked in the rush to pinot or adoration of shiraz. Naturally the best wines came from McLaren Vale and the Barossa – but were the pure grenache wines […]

New Wave Reds

The varietal goalposts keep moving in Australia. Shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot have already ceded ground to tempranillo, sangiovese and nebbiolo. Now come the next wave – blaufrankisch, sagrantino, mencia, nero d’Avola, montepulciano, primitivo and many more. Join me for a tasting of these new wave reds along with a number of their European benchmarks. An […]

More Pinot Please

Two back-to-back Pinot conferences have re-ignited my enthusiasm for the variety. I am, after all, a long standing pinotphile who helped manage Pinot Noir Australia 20 years ago.  I reckon riesling is the only other variety that has well attended ‘conferences’ – certainly not sauvignon blanc! Just before Easter, on Wednesday 12 April I’ll host […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Gamay

For the first time the esteemed GT WINE Magazine tasting panel have tackled gamay, the mandatory grape of the Beaujolais region. It was a terrific tasting with a small number of Australian and New Zealand contenders and a swathe of excellent Beaujolais Villages and top notch Cru wines, many from the stellar 2015 vintage. The […]

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Gamay

For the first time the esteemed GT WINE Magazine tasting panel have tackled gamay, the mandatory grape of the Beaujolais region. It was a terrific tasting with a small number of Australian and New Zealand contenders and a swathe of excellent Beaujolais Villages and top notch Cru wines, many from the stellar 2015 vintage. The […]