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.
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 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.
It took me a nano-second to respond when asked: “Would you like to attend a vertical tasting of Chateau d’Yquem presented by the marketing director, Jean-Phillipe le Moine?”
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 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.
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.
Arrogant Frog is one of the shining success stories of modern wine marketing. And there is more to come from Jean Claude Mas.
Pobblebonk is another captivating wine from Quealy of the Mornington Peninsula.
Champagne can be hard to describe, and metaphors can be useful. I heard a novel description of the Ruinart Champagne style at a recent tasting at the Sofitel Sydney’s Champagne Bar.