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Mr Grumpy: Claret Confiscation

Some years ago I was invited to a small dinner party that included a few wine industry guests. I searched through my cellar for a special wine that wine enthusiasts might appreciate. I chose a bottle of 1970 Chateau Lascombes – a Second Growth Bordeaux from a very good vintage. I am a big fan of Lascombes but had never tasted the 1970.

90 years young celebration

How do you celebrate a 90th birthday? Food-wise, anything above a bib and baby-food in the senior cits’ home should be counted as a win. You have to wait another decade to earn a letter from the Queen, but surely a scribbled postcard from the Aussie PM should be in order.

Little Aussie Bottler

Multi-award winning Hunter Valley winemaker Liz Silkman and her husband Shaun (pictured) are celebrating the arrival of their latest baby – a $900,000 Bertolaso bottling line. It’s state-of-the-art, imported from Italy. As the picture shows, it was being installed in a new climate-controlled room in the cavernous First Creek winery in the Hunter Valley when I called in last week.

Shreveport Geological Society Australian-themed Dinner

“Know anyone in Australia who’s in the market for a second-hand volcano?” inquired the casino manager as he showed me around. We were in Jimmy Buffett’s casino Margaritaville, in Bossier City, Louisiana. Yes, that Jimmy Buffett, a local hero who is still very much alive and hasn’t entirely wasted away while drowning his sorrows in margaritas.

St Claudes

The two bottles on the bar – a Lafite Rothschild ’88 and a JL Chave Hermitage ’06 – say it all. They say BYO nights are back. And so, naturally, are the local wine mavens.

Prosecco with a Kiwi accent

Prosecco must rank as one of the most successful wine styles in recent years. This easy-drinking and affordable Italian sparkling wine has hit the spot with drinkers around the globe.

Treasury Wine Estates gear up their Regional Gems

Treasury Wine Estates is gearing up for a major international promotion of nine of its most valued brands. The attack is so gung-ho, that Treasury has authorized a 40% increase in grape intake across the nine brands during the current 2016 harvest. With the promise of another increase next year.