“A dingy bottle shop can sometimes feel like a sex shop: you can feel naughty for being in one at 2pm on a Thursday,” says the co-owner of a new natural wine shop in Perth.
Australian wines scored six Platinum Best in Show awards at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards, judged recently in London.
Xavier Bizot of Terre à Terre seems a little irritated that South Australia’s south-east, and his favourite grape cabernet sauvignon, aren’t getting enough attention.
The just-completed 2017 harvest was unusually late throughout Australia.
Steve Flamsteed of Giant Steps, Yarra Valley, is GWT magazine’s 2016 Winemaker of the Year.
I recently spent a couple of days chatting with eminent South Australian winemaker Brian Croser for a Decanter magazine interview (to be published next year). We sat on the patio of his home overlooking the winery he bought back from Petaluma exactly a year ago, admiring the beautiful vineyard which produces the stunning Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay. We tasted five vintages of his Foggy Hill pinot noir, from the vineyard he planted on the Fleurieu Peninsula, far from any other vineyards – a truly pioneering effort.
Champagne Bollinger and the Cazes family of Bordeaux have sold their Tapanappa shares to the Croser family. The change coincides with the Crosers being back in control of the former Petaluma winery in the Adelaide Hills, which Brian and Ann Croser established in 1978.
After nearly 30 years of being off-limits to the public, Brian Croser’s Adelaide Hills winery, the former home of Petaluma, will soon be open to visitors. The Croser and Bizot families will open a cellar door at the winery, in Spring Gully Rd, Piccadilly, in
Few winemakers go to the trouble to inform the wine trade and media as much as Chapel Hill’s Michael Fragos. No doubt he hopes that the retailers, sommeliers, writers and sales reps that he meets, will pass on what they learn.
If you need multiple stars to get you along to a concert, A Day on the Green at Centennial Vineyards in Bowral a few years back might have done it. Diana Krall topped a bill that included Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot and Katie Noonan. If you needed more than one headline act to get you along to a wine dinner, the recent Ceretto event at Buon Ricordo might do it. This was the vinous equivalent of that drizzly but magical afternoon and evening of jazz in the Southern Highlands.