On a recent holiday in the fairly remote high country in New Zealand’s South Island, I made some startling wine discoveries. Namely, several Australian wines under well-known New Zealand labels.
Bert Salomon (pictured) is an Austrian who loves to play up the fact that he makes wine in two countries half a world apart, which just happen to have almost identical names. His company is called Austr(al)ian Estate Wines Pty Ltd. Salomon has shifted his
‘Natural’ wines reared their controversial heads at last Sunday’s Sydney Italian Wine & Food Festival. The event was a major success, attracting about 1200 to the Sydney Town Hall, where more than 250 premium Italian wines were offered for tasting. I hosted some masterclasses in
Jamie Oliver’s self-named restaurants are the latest to cop a birching for not stocking Australian wines. But in Jamie’s case, the neglect is compounded by the scent of hypocrisy. His restaurants stock almost exclusively Italian imported wines at the same time they profess to be
Something has gone very wrong with Australia’s top restaurant wine lists. From my viewpoint – and I’ve been on judging panels of wine list awards for 20 years – our top restaurant wine lists have lost their way.
The All For One Wine pledge initiated by Adelaide Hills winemaker Stephen Pannell and joined by 470 co-pledgers, to drink only Australian wine from January 1 to 26, created quite a stir. The pledgers comprised 304 winemakers, 61 grapegrowers, 22 restaurateurs and sommeliers, 61 merchants and 22 from the media. The exercise will probably be repeated next year, according to Pannell, although I’m not sure it should. It attracted a number of critics, notably Melbourne-based wine wholesaler Rob Walters, of Bibendum. His exhaustive analysis can be read on the allforonewine.com website or Bibendum’s site.
The Cultural Cringe is back, at least in relation to Australian wine. So says Adelaide-based winemaker Stephen Pannell, of S.C. Pannell Wines. So concerned is Pannell that he’s started a movement to get people to pledge to drink only Australian wine during January.