A Cruise down the Loire at Lolli REDINI

Join me for a vinous exploration of the Loire Valley at Lolli REDINI which celebrates its 15th year.  An amazing run!  The city of Orange is blessed to have this top-notch restaurant on our doorstep. I’m assembling a range of Loire Valley sparklings, whites and reds – think muscadet, crisp chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, gamay […]

Pinot from Around the World

New vintages, new makers and new styles of Pinot from around the world – all will be revealed in 2016!

Pinot Noir Australia @ The Woollahra Hotel

It’s a festival of Pinot Noir! Along with Pinot Palooza, the Woollahra Hotel in Sydney will host a Pinot Noir tasting with over 150 wines to buy. Tickets are $30, refunded on a dozen bottle purchase. For bookings and more information, cellars@woollahrahotel.com.au or call 02 9327 9715.  

Pinot Palooza – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

Pinot Palooza is back for 2015 and going national. The event has already been to Perth and Adelaide and will visit Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in October. Pinot Palooza is a food, music and wine experience featuring the best Pinot Noir from some of the top producers in the Southern Hemisphere including Ata Rangi, Bay of Fires, Shaw + […]

GT WINE Magazine Star Performers – Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

For the August/September issue of GT WINE Magazine the tasting panel looked at Australian Single Vineyard Pinot Noir. The results of the tasting were a revelation. Anyone who is sceptical of Australia’s prowess with Pinot should come along. Your misconceptions will be well and truly laid to rest.

GT WINE Magazine Star Performers Tasting Limestone Coast Cabernets

Coonawarra is well known to produce excellent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon. And while Coonawarra is a most deserving member of the Limestone Coast family, there are equally interesting Cabernets and Cabernet blends produced by lesser known regions. For the June/July issue, the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel tasted Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernets blends from Coonawarra, […]

Exploring Cabernet Franc

Lots of locals like itas a support to merlot – a la Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Others see it blended with cabernet sauvignon as they do on the Left Bank and in Margaret River. We’ll try Cabernet Franc solo as they do in Chinon.

Warm, Cool and Rhône Shiraz

A taste-off comprising top flight shiraz from the Clare Valley, Canberra District, Hawkes Bay and the Rhône. We’ll start with a bracket of the best from each region with the final bracket a shiraz from each of the aforesaid regions – served blind.

GTWINE Magazine Top Tasting of Italian Varieties in Australia

This is the first time the GTWINE Magazine Top Tasting panel has undertaken an in-depth tasting of these new (to our shores) wave Italian varieties. The results were interesting with a number of new arrivals like sagrantino and nero d’avola showing great promise. This is a casual, stand-up, self-pour tasting. Antipasti will be served.

Pinot (a) GOG – Geelong, Oregon, Gevrey-Chambertin

A taste-off comprising top flight Pinots from these three superb appellations. We’ll start with a bracket of the best from each region including a Premier and Grand Cru Burgundy. The final bracket will include a Pinot from each region – served blind.