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Dots and Bubbles with the Trait-d-union

Sun, 03 May 2015 06:41:32 +0000

It was with great excitement that I was able attend this fascinating event with the 6 houses that comprise the Trait-d-union Champagne group and their Australian importers. The Sydney tasting was held at Utopia Art and had a theme that examined the common “sense of place” that exists both with indigenous Australians and these producers […]

Domaine Huet Masterclass with Jean-Bernard Berthomé & Sarah Hwang – from 1985 to 2013.

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:00:18 +0000

I went to this tasting late last year and was so pleased to get the chance to try the wines as well as hear from the current Domaine Huet Jean-Bernard Berthomé and president Sarah Hwang. I found them both to be really passionate and proud to present the wines to the gathered trade and would […]

Sydney Burgundy Celebration 2015 : Iconic Wineries

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:23:05 +0000

After a successful inaugural Sydney Burgundy Celebration in 2014, the event returned with a series of tastings and dinners that looked to be excellent. Unfortunately due to my work schedule I was only able to attend one, the Iconic Wineries master class. This tasting was fantastic and I’m glad I was able to get along […]

Riesling Down Under Producers and Summer of Riesling 2015 – Sydney Tastings

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:48:06 +0000

The Riesling Down Under festival kicks off tomorrow in Melbourne but for those of us in Sydney that can’t make it, an exciting week of tastings with some of the top Riesling winemakers and producers in the world will be on offer next week. I’ve listed the tastings I know about below (plus one producer […]

“The Flor is Everywhere” – Equipo Navazos Masterclass with Jesús Barquín

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:11:21 +0000

Since trying the wines of Equipo Navazos in late 2013, in particular a taste of the Nº 37 and Nº 31 Amontillados, I have been constantly seeking the chance to try more of their range, and even just more sherry in general. An opportunity arose late last year to attend a masterclass with the Australian […]

Dinner at Oscillate Wildly

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:25:27 +0000

Another set of overdue notes coming through, this time from a great dinner at Oscillate Wildly with a small set of friends. Some of my favourite dishes from the night are in the photos below; Trumpeter, Radish and Ponzu Beef, Shiitake and Sesame “Strawberries and Cream” NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale – France, Champagne […]

Sydney La Paulée – Gala Dinner – Leflaive, Ramonet, 2x1929s, Rousseau, DRC, Mugnier, Vogüé and more!

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:03:37 +0000

I’m a few months late with these notes but this was the gala dinner at the end of a week of events for the Sydney Burgundy Celebration, organised by sommeliers Franck Moreau MS, Amanda Yallop & Michaël Engelmann MS. I also attended a large walk-around tasting the night prior and may post some quick notes […]

Dinner with Soldera, Rayas, Coche-Dury, Rousseau, Ornellaia and more

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:37:13 +0000

2008 Ulysse Collin Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Roises – France, Champagne October 2012 disgorgement. One of my favourite grower-producers. Touched by nutty oak, with honey, vanilla, apple, pear and chalk. The minerality and acidity cut a path through the honey tinged fruit, with fantastic balance for my taste. 92/100 2003 Domaine Louis […]

Joh. Jos. Prüm – 2012 Tasting

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:38:53 +0000

This trade tasting was held by the Australian importer for these wines (Bibendum Wine Co.) at Mr Wong restaurant in Sydney. As mentioned in my writeup of the 2011 range, I adore the wines of JJ Prum and they are one of my favourite wineries in the Mosel, so while I probably have some bias […]

Dinner at The Bridge Room

Sun, 02 Mar 2014 09:05:01 +0000

Late last year a few of our wine group got together to try to emulate the success of a friend’s birthday dinner at Black in 2012. There were fewer of us in attendance this time around, but we gave it a good shot and enjoyed some brilliant wines (a few bottles are not in the […]

Annual 2013 Rare Wine Dinner at Arras

Sun, 16 Feb 2014 05:21:08 +0000

Another great tasting put on by Greg and Shannon from Rare Wine Dinners earlier in 2013. The undoubted highlight of the night for me was the chance of a second encounter with the 1964 Cheval Blanc, a legendary wine that floored me the first time I tasted it, as well as a 1928 Chateau Lafite […]

Review – A.Retief Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:26:05 +0000

I was pleased to receive this sample as I’ve read plenty about Alex Retief, but despite Canberra being one of my favourites local regions I hadn’t yet gotten the chance to try anything from this winery. The Sauvignon blanc fruit was sourced equally from the Revee Estate vineyard in Tumbarumba and from the Ravensworth vineyard […]

Guillaume at Bennelong – Impressive food and great wines

Sat, 17 Aug 2013 00:43:27 +0000

Last weekend I had dinner with friends at the soon to be closed Guillaume at Bennelong. I hadn’t been to Guillaume previously, so when this dinner came up I was super keen as I probably wouldn’t have another chance at its current location. Some brief comments on the restaurant – the food was very impressive, […]

A stunning array of wines at Tetsuya’s – Jayer, DRC, Rousseau, Chave, Raveneau, Harlan, Haut-Brion and more

Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:32:07 +0000

Five years ago our group had the opportunity to buy a bottle of 1993 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux with excellent provenance from a local source, we split the bottle 8 ways and have been waiting for an appropriate time to open it since. Earlier this year we decided that 20 years from vintage was as […]

Hunter Valley Trip – Highlights and Impressions

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:25:14 +0000

A recent long weekend provided an overdue opportunity to spend some time tasting in the Hunter Valley. I’ll just give some general impressions on some of my favourite wines as I was writing quick notes rather than any great detail. There are plenty more brief notes on Cellartracker for the wines I didn’t include in […]