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Wot, Big Reds In Summer?

It’s 32 degrees and 60% humidity in the kitchen as I write this, hardly the kind of weather that gives you a hankering for a glass of big red. But lighter-bodied red, at least in the cool of the evening with dinner, is a definite

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Summer of Riesling

Clos Clare (tasting), Tim Adams (tasting) and Leo Buring Leonay (tasting) head the list of excellent 2013 rieslings in my latest lot of reviews, proudly waving the flag for the Clare Valley. Clare’s Gaelic Cemetery (tastings), Skillogalee (tasting) and Pikes The Merle (tasting) also shone brightly. Riesling is the

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Festive Bubbles

Hungerford Hill’s sparkling wine Dalliance (tasting) has for years been a good buy, but the current vintage release 2008 (tasting) is outstanding value at $30. The fruit comes from Tumbarumba, increasingly the source of excellent mainland sparkling wine grapes. Dalliance is somewhat naughtily labeled Methode

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Aussie Pinot Noir

What a great vintage 2012 is for Australian pinot noir! I’ve uploaded 98 pinot noir tasting notes, 63 of them for 2012 vintage wines, and there are some absolute crackers. The 2012 vintage has already made history, with the first Jimmy Watson Trophy winner and

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Froth And Bubble

It’s that time of year: a disproportionate volume of sparkling wine is sold in December-January, when it’s used to either drown our sorrows after a bad year or celebrate a good one. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the Christmas-New Year shenanigans to justify

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A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

What should we expect when we open a bottle of chilled rosé? Something dark purple and rich, or something pale-salmon coloured? Sweet or dry, barrel aged or not, simple or complex? And what grape should it be made from? Shiraz, grenache, mourvedre, cabernet, sangiovese, nebbiolo,

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Grassy Varieties For Summer Salads

There seems no end to our love of sauvignon blanc and associated styles, led by the semillon sauvignon blanc blends from Western Australia. These light, fresh, crisply herbaceous dry whites are just the shot for drinking in a hot Aussie summer. They team well with

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Alternative Reds

There’s a lot of wine out there, and I’ve been tasting furiously, uploading 465 new reviews from my October tastings. They include verticals from Yeringberg, Sally’s Paddock and Tarrawarra Estate – all of whom are celebrating anniversaries – plus swags of chardonnay, rosé, sparkling and

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2010 Bordeaux vintage and Rhone imports

I recently co-hosted a 2010 Bordeaux tasting for Jon Osbeiston, of what is now Vintage Cellars Ultimo. The 30 wines were of a very high standard, as long as you accept the rich, very ripe modern style of red Bordeaux that we’re getting used to

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Shiraz

At least one-fifth of all the Aussie wines that comes through my tasting-room are shiraz, or blends based on shiraz. It’s not my choice: it’s just the way the Australian wine industry – and, happily, the market is. It would be a chore if there weren’t so many exciting