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Winemaker moves around

Winemakers are a bit like chefs: they tend to move around. Hence Adam Wadewitz (pictured right), who vinified this year’s Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, the 2011 Best’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz (tasting notes), moved across the road to Seppelt Great Western cellars (tasting

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Daily Double for Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton’s ‘daily double’ in the Visy Board Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2012 was truly historic. It was the first time in the competition’s 18 years that the same wine has taken out both the trophies – best wine of show and best wine under

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Drinking dogs

The Wine Dogs books are a phenomenon in the publishing world. From humble beginnings nine years ago, when the first book of pictures of the winery dogs of Australia was launched, the eleventh volume – Wine Dogs Australia 3 – has been unleashed. It’s crammed

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What to drink with your festive feast

When I was a youngster (cue violins), Christmas involved a menu inherited from the ‘old country’ where Christmas happens in winter: multiple courses of hot, hearty food of head-spinning richness. A choice of three roasted meats, a glazed ham, boiled pudding with cream and ice cream, custard and brandy butter sauce, rich alcoholic trifle, you name it. These days, commonsense prevails and we’re more into cold dishes such as seafood and salads and vegetables, with fruit-salad or berry dessert to follow.

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Krug-glug-glug

Krug Vintage 2000 and 1998 for $300 a bottle instead of $549? A lazy $249 lopped off the price? Surely, that’s a millionaire’s idea of the bargain of the year.

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Voice from the vault

The doyen of American wine writers, Frank Prial, died three weeks ago after a long and distinguished career at the New York Times. Prial wrote the wine column for 25 years, and passed away on November 6, aged 82. It seems appropriate then to review

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Wines worth celebrating

Paringa Estate’s founder, owner and chief winemaker Lindsay McCall has been hosting a series of events to mark the 25th Paringa Estate vintage. The last was a slap-up dinner at Bennelong last week. Seventeen Paringa wines (tasting notes) were matched with Guillaume Brahimi’s superb food, none better

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A penny for your sommelier?

Sebastian Crowther, the sommelier behind Dunkeld’s Royal Mail Hotel, winner of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Award 2012, started work last week at Sixpenny restaurant in Stanmore. Crowther did not create the wine list at Royal Mail, it had been outstanding for some years,