Moondarra Conception & Samba Side Pinot Noir 2010 – Gippsland Mountain Rivers Districts, Victoria, Australia
Moondarra Samba Side

Arguably the most profound pinot noir in the New World and emphatic proof that Australia has a two-speed wine industry Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Kara Maisano, Sommelier at Masani Italian Dining & Terrace, Melbourne, Australia
Kara Maisano, Sommelier at Masani Italian Dining & Terrace, Melbourne, Australia

The Yalumba ‘Virgilius’ Viognier from Eden Valley is very luscious and layered in the autumn.Sommelier Kara Maisano Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Ollie Yan Qiu Wang, Sommelier at The Smith Restaurant & Bar, Melbourne, Australia
Ollie Yan Qiu Wang, Sommelier at The Smith Restaurant & Bar, Melbourne

(pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

The Man in the Van delivers again: Route du Van Geelong Pinot Noir 2011
Route du Van Pinot Noir - www.routeduvan.com

Route du Van, as reported previously is the joint adventure of Tod Dexter and Ian Bird and their families, and the aim is to produce wines for everyday drinking pleasure. Read More >

Dexter Mornington Peninsula 2012 Releases
Dexter - Mornington Peninsula, www.dexterwines.com.au

Tod Dexter knows as much as anyone about this Peninsula and his 2011 releases were a triumph given the difficult vintage conditions that year. In 2012 the weather Gods were much kinder, indeed this looks to have been a very good vintage indeed. Read More >

Paradise IV – Geelong, Australia – 2012 Releases
Paradise IV frost on vines

Paradise IV is a small, five acre vineyard planted to Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon (with small plantings of other varieties) established by Graham and Ruth Bonney in 1988. It sits on a northeast facing slope, sheltered from the hotter extremes of the Moorabool valley, at Bates ford, just a few kilometres west of Geelong. The soils are decomposed granite over limestone and deep clay. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Inspiration from Sydney Sommelier, Lara Caraturo
Sydney Sommelier Lara Caraturo

 (pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

Phillip Jones at Bass Phillip Winery – Finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 2013
Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under

Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under

For those of us that have known Phillip Jones throughout his winegrowing evolution–for some of us that spans over three decades–and those that have managed to grasp the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities of the man (and there are many) and his extraordinary wines, those that have persevered with his unrelenting obsession with the pinot noir grape (except for a cabernet aberration early in the piece), those that have endured countless Burgundy and Rhone dinners and tastings with him and the privilege of his enormous generosity and magnanimous sharing of bottles, those that have come to appreciate his affability, peculiarities, erraticism, his quip and vagary and all the oscillations and manifestations in between…over a lunch; a standing ovation and resounding applause, hip-hip-hurray!, hip-hip-hurray!, hip-hip-hurray! to Phillip Jones, Finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 2013.   Read More >

Walter Bourke 10th Anniversary Homage – Pinot Noir Producer of the Year – Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2011, Central Otago, New Zealand
Chef and Bon Vivant Walter Bourke - he also liked his Champagne

Walter Bourke: September 15, 1945 – September 19, 2003

I first met Walter Bourke in 1986, at his legendary Melbourne restaurant, Maria & Walter’s. I had been invited to the ‘Table 8’, an underground group of the most serious wine palates in Australia, which convened regularly in the upstairs private dining room at Maria & Walter’s for extravagant banquets with vertical tastings of some of the most coveted wines in the world.

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Sommeliers Australia 2013 Gala Dinner at Quay, Sydney
Sommeliers Australia www.sommeliers.com.au

Sommeliers Australia www.sommeliers.com.au

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