Words on Wine

Peter samples the versatile Spanish red, Mencia, in Qantas Travel Insider

Mencia is attracting the attention of wine-lovers who enjoy lithe, perfumed varieties such as pinot, gamay and cabernet franc. Peter runs his ruler past this interesting wine new to Australia in

Qantas Travel Insider Magazine, March 2020 issue

Pickle Your Fancy – Food & Wine Pairing

The end of summer calls for the start of something special.  Pickled, cured and fermented dishes are the perfect way to bring out your creative side in 2020.  Food by Hannah Meppem and wines to match by Peter Bourne, in

Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, February/March 2020 issue

Top 100 Dinner Brisbane hosted by Peter Bourne

Each issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE, Huon Hooke and Bob Campbell MW rate and review 100 New Release Wines from Australia and New Zealand respectively. They’ve pulled together 14 absolute favourites from 2019 for this very special dinner in Brisbane hosted by Peter Bourne, for

Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, February/March 2020 issue

Sauvignon Blanc – GTW Panel Tasting

It gets a bad rap, sauvignon blanc, but the times they are a-changin’.  The GTW tasting panel, convened by Peter Bourne and panel member, thought it time to reacquaint with this oft-derided variety, in

Gourmet Traveller Wine February/March 2020 issue

Peter cracks open a few bottles of the pink-tinted tipple in Qantas Travel Insider

Unlike the simple lollyish versions of yesteryear, modern rosés are crisp and dry.  Peter looks at what food rosé pairs with and reviews a few of his current favourites, in

Qantas Travel Insider Magazine, February 2020 issue

Peter samples a Spanish white with an exciting local future in Qantas Travel Insider

Why is everyone taking about Albarino?  It’s fresh and bright and the perfect aperitif on a hot day.  Peter looks at which ones to drink now plus the why, where and what Albarino is all about in

Qantas Travel Insider Magazine, January 2020 issue

Let’s Go Outside – Food & Wine Matching

The summer months call for outdoor celebrations.  This deliciously fresh alfresco feast served with matching wines has you covered.  Food recipes by Hannah Meppem and wines to match by Peter Bourne, in

Gourmet Traveller Wine, December 2019/January 2020

Rosé Champagne – GTW Panel Tasting

Rosé continues to grow in demand; naturally, rosé Champagne is following suit.  Here are the best from the Gourmet Traveller Wine Panel Tasting convened by Peter Bourne, in

Gourmet Traveller Wine, December 2019/January 2020

Peter Bourne cracks open Grüner Veltliner for Qantas Travel Insider

Peter has a look at this Austrian grape variety and the wine styles it makes in both its homeland and its adopted country, Australia, in

Qantas Travel Insider Magazine, November 2019 issue

Wine Review – 2018 Rosnay Freedom Grenache Carignan, Cowra, A$20

The Statham family has made a real commitment to sustainable agriculture and the energetic Sam has taken this philosophy a step further with his Freedom range of preservative-free wines now made on site.  There’s plenty of energy in this Rhone-style blend, its sour cherry and bitter chocolate aromas tinged with sun-baked bricks.  It’s a dangerously drinkable red with generous juicy flavours of dark plum and mulberry.

Feast from the Middle East – Food & Wine Matching

Middle Eastern cuisine makes for perfect spring eating.  Indulge in this not-too heavy, not-too light feast with matched wines and, of course, mint tea for good measure.  Food recipes by Hannah Meppem and wines to match by Peter Bourne, in

Gourmet Traveller WINE, October/November 2019 issue

GTW Viticulturalist of the Year 2019 – Nick Dry

It was a love of vines and a touch of serendipity that drove Nick Dry to viticulture, and it is his important work in the field that makes him deserving of this award, writes Peter Bourne in

Gourmet Traveller WINE, October/November 2019 issue

White Burgundy – GTW Panel Tasting

In search of worthwhile, moderately priced French chardonnay, the panel, convened by Peter Bourne, tasted wines from one end of Burgundy to the other, discovering some real gems along the way, in

Gourmet Traveller WINE, October/November 2019 issue

GTW Champagne & Sparkling Dinner

Hosted by Peter Bourne.  As the festive season approaches, our minds inevitably turn to wines of the bubbly kind, but the diversity, complexity and food-friendliness of high-quality sparkling wine makes these styles suited to far more than just an end-of-year toast.  At this dinner, seven top examples of Australian Fizz will be put up against 10 stunning international styles, including Champagne, Cava and Crémant D’Alsace showcasing a range of terroir and grape varieties across 14 exceptional producers.

Bookings and details in Gourmet Traveller WINE, October/November 2019 issue

Spin the Bottle – Central Otago

In a part of New Zealand best know for thrillseeking winemakers are quietly producing premier pinot noir, writes Peter Bourne in

Qantas Travel Insider, October 2019 edition

 

Italian Varieties Dinner

Many of Australia’s wine-producing regions are perfect for cultivating and growing grapes native to Italy; our warm climate, long sunshine hours and diverse soil types enable the production of deliciously vibrant versions of Old World classics.  Hosted by Peter Bourne tasting 15 of GTW’s favourites in Brisbane on August 27 . Saluti!

Bookings and details in Gourmet Traveller WINE, August/September 2019

Spring Herbs – Food & Wine Matching

Spring is upon us so that calls for freshly picked garden herbs and dishes with fresher and brighter flavours compiled by Hannah Meppem – and, of course, excellent wines to match selected by Peter Bourne, in

Gourmet Traveller WINE, August/September 2019