Author Archives: Mark

This wine has become a real favourite of my wife and mine.  And we’ve been lucky enough to come across it on a few restaurant wine lists at very reasonable prices – at about the retail price, rather than marked up … Continue reading

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I don’t know. But for birthdays, anniversaries, etc, it seems like a great excuse to celebrate. Certainly in one of my wine groups we have a tradition of celebrating round number birthdays (ie 30, 40, 50, etc). This time it was … Continue reading

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This dish was introduced to me by a German friend-of-a-friend. There are many different recipes for this soup, but the soup he showed me was quite straightforward and I have taken a similar approach here (and after reviewing lots of … Continue reading

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Just taking a photo to send to my friend…a bit of a tease for later tonight. Catching up regularly with friends is important to me, as it is to most people.  And with good reason.  Good friendships have been found … Continue reading

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I am a lucky man. Blessed in many ways.  This is a something I cannot help but feel when surrounded by family and/or good friends, while drinking great wines together over a nice meal.  And luckily for me, many of … Continue reading

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Amarone della Valpolicella is a most unique wine style.  Valpolicella is in Northern Italy, in the Veneto region near Venice.  The key grape varieties used in Amarone are Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara, with grapes being air-died after picking (traditionally on straw mats, but … Continue reading

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I may have made this suggestion before, but it merits repeating.  When it comes to using truffles, keep it simple.  I find truffles come to life shaved over fairly plain pasta (eg with just a butter sauce and cheese), braised … Continue reading

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Our wine group recently enjoyed a private and very enjoyable tasting of back-vintages at Lakes Folly in the Hunter Valley.  Our group provided most of the wines, while Lakes Folly provided the venue (their fermentation room), a few more recent … Continue reading

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My wife and I shared a beautiful lunch at Margan in the Hunter Valley. Beautiful in a number of ways – my company of course, plus the food and the scenery. We enjoyed an outdoor table – right out on … Continue reading

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I love the wines of Soldera.  For me they are exceptional*.  While most Brunello is dense and tannic and brooding, the wines of Soldera are beautiful and pretty.  But they are also dense and tannic and brooding. * Exceptional is … Continue reading

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