Wine reviews:

Lower Austria 2010, vintage and wine highlights

Published on June 11, 2011

Austria 2010 was pretty tough going, though there are plenty of lovely wines.

Bodegas Valdesil, Godello 2009, Valdeorras, Spain

Published on June 7, 2011

This was the outstanding wine from Waitrose’s recent press tasting. It’s a real stunner, complex, sophisticated, layered with freshness running through its veins.

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2011

Published on May 22, 2011

The annual wine competition called Concours Mondial, which adopts a new city each year in which to do its judging, rolled into Luxembourg city in a gloriously warm May this year. Here are the top results

Languedoc Grands Crus – in the making

Published on May 10, 2011

A hierarchy of appellations is evolving in the Languedoc. Some of the top ones are reviewed here.

Orange wines – tasting notes

Published on January 23, 2011

Here is a selection of my favourite Orange region wines following on from my visit in October 2010, including approximate AUD$ retail prices.

Negociants' Icon Tasting

Published on December 24, 2010

Aussie distribution company Negociants recently held a tasting in London of what they call the icon wines, i.e. pretty much the posh kit.

Aussie sparklers and sweets

Published on November 30, 2010

With Christmas in mind, I recently went to a tasting of Aussie sparklers and sweeties.

Outsiders view of the Languedoc

Published on November 22, 2010

The Mediterranean south is France’s biggest vineyard area, and one of the country’s most exciting wine-producing regions. So much so that over the past couple of decades folk from all over the world have been relocating to the south and following their vinous dreams.

Schubert, Block B Pinot Noir 2008, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Published on September 23, 2010

Schubert, Block B Pinot noir 2008, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Guide to winetasting – part 6

Published on September 7, 2010

Part six of an eight part guide to wine tasting, written for France magazine. This month is unoaked whites.

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