June 16, 2017

Clients often ask whether I like wines of North East Victoria and I give them an unequivocal 'yes' for two main reasons - varietal experimentation and food-friendliness.

I can't think of any other wine region in the world that makes wines from such a plethora of grape v...

February 6, 2017

Fortification is one of the oldest methods of preserving wines so that they can be stored for long periods or for transportation.  More than 4000 years ago Phoenician traders fortified wines to stabilise them before shipping them throughout the Mediterranean.  Fortific...

December 8, 2016

Recent tastings at wine shows organised by the Alpine Valleys and Beechworth vignerons proved once again that North East Victoria is home to some of Australia's most exciting wines and wineries.  Brown Brothers led the way during the 1980s in experimentation with new g...

November 21, 2016

Sparkling wine comes in many styles - white, pink, red, dry, sweet, light or rich - however one style stands out above all others - Champagne.  We are now mature enough to know that Champagne only comes from that special region two hours northeast of Paris as defined b...

September 5, 2016

The simple answer is that there are no rules but given their aromas and textures it is no surprise that the worlds of food and wine are inextricably linked.  How the food is cooked, as well as the accompanying spices, condiments or sauces will greatly influence wine ch...

July 21, 2016

Austrian wines are greatly misunderstood and underrated in Australia- possibly because they focus on indigenous varieties and possibly due to lingering after-effects of the glycerol additives scandal of the 1980s.  Whatever the reason we should pay greater attention to...

July 21, 2016

Only do this if you have more than one bottle!  Open the wine and taste it.  Keep tasting the opened wine over the next few days.  As a rule of thumb for every day the wine retains its original character and taste is equivalent to 7 years in the cellar.  If a wine hold...

March 2, 2016

Over many years of teaching and talking about wine certain subjects keep popping usually prefaced with the statement “You may think this is a stupid question but …”.  Often the answer is simple but still requires more complex explanation.

In the next few instalments I w...

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