New and Noteworthy

Hoosegg hears a Hoo

Hoosegg is the new wine of the indefatigable Philip Shaw, a man who is simply one of the most extraordinary characters in the Australian wine industry.

The French wine quiz

Mouton-Rothschild missed out on First Growth status in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. When did the property get an upgrade?

Scandal in Saint-Émilion

Hubert de Boüard and Philippe Castéja have been accused of partaking in the classification process itself, while they had direct or indirect interests in the classification.

The unpredictability of cork

Cork is a good friend but a very bad – and unpredictable – enemy. You never know if it’s going to kiss you or punch you on the nose.

Best of Johanneshof

Johanneshof Cellars is perhaps best known for its intense gewürztraminer and pinot gris but their riesling, sauvignon blanc, rosé and Méthode sparkler have all historically hit the spot with me.

Historic Henschke highlights

Stephen Henschke has become a good talker, as well as one of Australia’s greatest winemakers. I taste the 2013 Henschke Hill Of Grace and Mount Edelstone and other new releases.