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 >
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 >
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 ... read more >
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, 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 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 ... read more >
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 ... read more >
Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under [caption id="attachment_9060" align="alignleft" width="329"] Phillip Jones -The Pinot Noir Prodigy from Down-Under[/caption] 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 ... read more >
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 ... read more >
Sommeliers Australia www.sommeliers.com.au [caption id="attachment_8942" align="alignnone" width="612"] Sommeliers Australia www.sommeliers.com.au[/caption] ... read more >