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  • The Big Man tells all

    12 Dec 2016
    A unique opportunity was seized upon when, through a friend of a friend, an acquaintance who was divorced from someone’s sister told me that Santa was doing a “recon”. Apparently...

  • Brennan Wines – from a New York state of mind

    18 Oct 2016
    Family enterprises always ooze passion with artistic flare, dutiful care of the end product and boundless enthusiasm.The Brennans have excelled in these areas of winemaking since...

  • Shaw’s paradox

    06 Sep 2016
    I always admire those people who dream the dream and chase it relentlessly.Philip Shaw’s thoughts of making his own place in the wine world began humbly as a 14-year-old washing...

  • Andrew Thomas - It's all about the red and white

    18 Jul 2016
    Sounds obvious for a wine maker that the passion for the red and white would be all consuming.In Andrew Thomas’s case, he is also passionate about the red and white in the jersey...

  • Nebbiolo – lifting the fog

    17 May 2016
    Why Nebbiolo? I asked this question of Karen Coats and Dr Prue Keith, owners of Virago Estate in Beechworth, Victoria. They both replied that the serendipitous exposure to this...

  • Thrills by Koonunga Hill

    05 Apr 2016
    Penfolds deserves credit where it is due.It’s easy to knock the big players, especially when they are owned by multinational companies and seem to be run by those “faceless men”....

  • Forget Sake, let the Koshu pour

    16 Feb 2016
    Most people, if asked to name a Japanese alcohol, would reply ‘sake’, or perhaps Suntory whiskey or Asahi beer. It comes as a surprise to many to find that Japan is an emerging...

  • Does Christmas and moderation mix?

    14 Dec 2015
    The big man will be stumbling from house to house as he consumes endless beers left outside Australian houses on Christmas night. There is not much call for milk and cookies...

  • Westlake Vineyards – the North Rides Again

    21 Sep 2015
    Passionate enthusiastic winemakers keep my interest in wine reviewing as Australian markets continue to be homogenised by the big players. It’s comforting to know that a product...

  • O’Leary Walker – the future is Clare

    17 Aug 2015
    You just know that the wine made by two passionate good mates with a pedigree and longevity in the wine game is going to be good.David O’Leary and Nick Walker had both worked in...