- Read moreTo be an ‘artisan’ is very much about setting your own path driven by a human desire to explore, experiment and to express ourselves. To create and share things shaped in our mind and made by our own hands for the enjoyment of others. Often proffered with a simple “I made this, please enjoy”. A tinge of pride yes, but hubris never. - Artisans of Barossa.
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A winters drive through the Adelaide Hills on a sunny afternoon is something that any Adelaide local should treat themselves to.
- Read moreThe Mornington Peninsula is making quite a name for itself as the edgier, more unique wine making district of Victoria, and If you take a look at some of their highly regarded wineries, it’s easy to see why. With a unique cool maritime climate and geographic location, producers in the area are churning out some really outstanding wines of the highest standard. Once dominated by the tourist-drawing cellar doors of the Yarra Valley, Mornington’s wineries are slowly but surely showing the world that their region and wines are second to none. So why not find out for yourself, with a little help from Wine Compass, here’s the 5 Mornington Peninsula Wineries You Need to Visit This Weekend… [caption id="attachment_2140" align="alignnone" width="625"]
- We taste all the time and sometimes just for fun. Ali Kerr kindly brought in a 2013 Coriole Chenin Blanc and 2018 Piquepol from her recent trip to the cellar door in SA's McLaren Vale. The Piquepol pique'd everyone's interest.. light, bright, with plenty of complex green acidity and herbaceousness. It's almost a 'best of' of Chardonnay, Riesling and quality Sauv. Blanc. Our first thought was 'oysters' but sadly the instant food gods didn't deliver. (I swear we pay some sort of subscription fee?!) Alas, for a wine of the current drinking year, it showed bucket loads of promise. Who doesn't love a Chenin with a few years on it? Coming up to room temperature, this stuff is regal. It's clean and lingering, showing briny green apple skins, but also flinty stone fruits but unlike the sweeter versions found in WA's Swan Valley. Ali'sRead more
- I’ve been a card-carrying member of the aged white cult my entire career. There’s not many of us but we’re there, lurking amongst the shadows at auctions snapping up aged rieslings and semillons well below what they’re worth or fumbling around in quit barrels at independent wine shops or bottloes attached to country pubs. What on Earth drives us? I can’t speak for my brothers and sisters in this bizarre cult except to tell my own story which thankfully started early in my career as a wine merchant in the United Kingdom. On this occasion, I was in Bordeaux for Vin Expo ’93, at the time the world’s biggest gathering of wine producers showing their wares to would be buyers. On the second night, my desperate posse descended on a restaurant at 10pm and I was sent away to the wine shop to nd something “interesting, white, not too expensive but make sure it’s the best thing since...” Yeah, okay, we’ve all had that brief before!Read more
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In 1977, an Italian restaurateur and his Australian wife purchased a vineyard in the hopes of establishing an early retirement. Instead, they continued to build it into an impressive piece that the Victorian Tourism industry proudly hangs its hat on.Away in Ballarat for a week of work whilst my other half was adjudicating the famed South Street Eisteddfod, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get out and explore the Pyrenees wine region. With nearly thirty wineries in the vicinity of Avoca (approx. 1 hour from Ballarat), there are a handful that are considered authoritative stalwarts of the area; one of these is Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort. More than just a humble cellar door, Warrenmang boasts 60 year old vines, an award winning restaurant, conference centre, a plethora of accommodation options, tennis court and lets not forget, an impressive array of red and white wines all encompassed in this Victorian hideaway. Luigi Bazzani (OAM) and his wife Athalie first purchased