Hunter Valley semillon was the backbone of McGuigan’s big success at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition in England. McGuigan (tasting notes) won International Winemaker of the Year for the third time in four years, the previous wins being in 2009 and 2011. It’s the
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
The 30th annual Cape Mentelle Cabernet Tasting highlighted just how good Australian cabernet is today, how far it has come in that period, and what good value for money it affords.