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  • The much-maligned Merlot

    20 Apr 2015
    It’s hard not to discuss the red grape Merlot without touching on the recent Hollywood movie Sideways.The film’s main character, Miles, has several tantrums in which he declares...

  • Mini Cooper S Restoration Part 3

    20 Apr 2015
    After spending so much time, energy and money on the restoration of the Mini Cooper S, it’s great to see that it’s finally on the home stretch.With the re-built engine installed...

  • Mini Cooper S Restoration (Part 2)

    16 Mar 2015
    Last month’s column took us through the arduous process of resuscitating a middle-aged car, a 1970 Mini Cooper S to be precise.We got as far as stripping it back to its skeleton...

  • Queen of the vines

    16 Mar 2015
    It is with great admiration that I call one of the most respected and revered wine writers the Queen of the Vines.Jancis Robinson is one of the most influential wine writers of...

  • Mini Cooper S Restoration (Part 1)

    16 Feb 2015
    By the time most of us reach 45 years of age, we’re definitely on the downhill run.Hypertension, glucose intolerance and worn joints are all starting to take their toll.On average...

  • A passage to India

    16 Feb 2015
    In a classic scene from the cult British comedy Fawlty Towers, long-term hotel resident The Major reminisces about how he “took a girl to see the Oval, ...she stole...

  • Breathing poison: Smoking, pollution and the Haze,

    23 Dec 2014
    Breathing poison: Smoking, pollution and the Haze,By Dr A. Rebuck, 2014, Partridge, ISBN 978-1-4828-9808-1, RRP $30.20 [hardcover], $18.20 [softcover], $6.89 [ebook], pp153.One...

  • Cognac - always in style

    23 Dec 2014
    I tried to be clever and find a famous quote regarding the aristocratic distilled wine spirit known as Cognac. Alas I couldn’t find one. Maybe its noble nature negated such...

  • All hail the Howarth elevator

    09 Dec 2014
    It’s been 20 years since Brisbane was hit by its worst hailstorm ever.I recall looking up on the afternoon of Friday, 18 January 1985, and seeing a very menacing dark green...

  • Rock solid base for good winemaking

    25 Nov 2014
    Apparently, some Kiwis are proud of their rocks.Greywacke rock is everywhere. This ubiquitous, highly compacted gray sandstone “rock” is the foundation of soils in...