Category Archives: Australian Wine

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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The Woodley’s Treasure Chest series of wines are now (nearly) impossibly rare and of great interest to Australian wine drinkers and collectors.  I have long been keen to try one, and fortunately my friend Shannon procured a bottle and put … Continue reading

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What a thrill to drink not one, but two 100+ year old Australian “ports” (but we’re not allowed to call them that anymore); 105 and 125 years old respectively.  A friend sourced both of these bottles and the costs were divided … Continue reading

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We recently celebrated a friend’s birthday with a wonderful dinner at Black by Ezard.  The restaurant is in The Star (Syndey’s casino) and it’s a very stylish setting (the restaurant, that is).  I didn’t know what to expect, but the … Continue reading

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As discussed in a recent post (Mt Pleasant Shiraz 1952), I love drinking old Australian wines, especially those with some historical significance.  I was recently given the opportunity to drink another one, which was earmarked for a later dinner, but … Continue reading

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My passion for wine has led me over the years to chase down old and rare wines, and I’ve been lucky enough to try some old treasures that I’ve either found myself or my friends have shared with me.  I guess … Continue reading

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I’m aware that my blog posts may give the impression that I’m obsessed with Italian wines and Italian grape varieties in Australia.  That’s partly true, but I can assure you that we still drink plenty of the more traditional Aussie … Continue reading

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Nebbiolo is a wonderful grape; it’s perhaps my favourite variety.  It performs brilliantly in its native home of Piemonte, known for the great wines of Barolo and  Barbaresco.  It doesn’t have much of a history yet outside of Northern Italy, … Continue reading

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Following our exploration of riesling, we hardly needed more wine, but nonetheless some reds were opened. A couple of reds from the unheralded 1997 South Australian vintage were tasted: the Penfolds RWT Barossa Shiraz (its inaugural release) and the legendary … Continue reading

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 I recently attended a huge riesling tasting, featuring lots of great Aussie wines, and also rieslings from around the world – including Germany of course, New Zealand, and US.  Below is a picture of the full lineup, which is prohibitively … Continue reading

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