Wine Spotlights

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.

Taylor’s Port – declaring a vintage

Nick Heath, worldwide marketing director for Taylor Fladgate and their sister brands, visited me recently to give me a chance to taste the recently released 2016 vintage port from Taylor’s and Fonseca.

Bags full of Super Tuscan

The call went out from the Brown Paper Bag Club: BYO super-Tuscans to the suburban pizzeria, Napoli In Bocca, and we’ll have some fun.

Mouton and more

Tony Forsyth, founder of Te Whau winery on Waiheke, is a lover of Bordeaux with a particular fetish for the wines of Château Mouton Rothschild.

Te Mata Coleraine in top form

Te Mata Estate Coleraine is one of the greatest New Zealand wines, with a 37-year span of vintages, and, most surprisingly it was a great wine from the very first vintage.

A decade of Carson-made Yabby Lake

Yabby Lake chief winemaker Tom Carson, one of Australia’s most lauded winemakers and a senior wine show judge, has many runs on the board as a maker of pinot noir, chardonnay and other varietals.

Penfolds takes a gamble with fortifieds

Penfolds is taking one of its biggest gambles, launching a new product which – looked at one way – is quite a conventional young vintage port style, but looked at another way, is revolutionary.

A Champagne with a story to tell

Imagine the pressure on Cyril Brun: he has to put the finishing touches to a great wine that was vintaged and blended by his predecessor, 12 years after the grapes were harvested.