Category Archives: Bordeaux

My good friend Neville recently turned 50 and invited people to join him in celebrating this milestone.  He lives in Keyneton VIC and so I dedicated the weekend to this important task.  Neville is a wine importer and enthusiastic collector, especially of any … Continue reading

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You never know where and when you’ll meet another wine tragic.  It turns out the owner of a local Vietnamese restaurant is one.  Now when I eat there, we generally chat about what wines we’ve each drunk or purchased recently, and other nerdy/boring … Continue reading

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I recently attended a Bastille Day dinner, held at Restaurant Arras and featuring a fantastic array of old and rare wines (stretching as far back as 1929!). This event was organised by my friend Shannon, who organises a few of these … Continue reading

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A recent dinner featuring the wines of Billecart-Salmon provided a great opportunity to try some rare and expensive champagnes, as well as a few old favourites. Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818 and is today one of the most recognised and … Continue reading

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My friend Cam recently turned 30 and was kind enough to share a range of wines, mostly from his birthyear 1981, with a group of keen winedrinkers.  Dinner was at Fix St James, in Sydney on Elizabeth St just near … Continue reading

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We recently attended a house-warming for friends of ours.  It’s a very nice new house, with an impressive cellar still being fitted out.  The evening was great fun, with a large and varied array of wines, some of which were superb.  … Continue reading

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Tim Kirk (winemaker at Clonakilla) was in town briefly last week and a few of the “Sydney wine mafia” (as he dubbed us on twitter) gathered for dinner with him at Buzo Trattoria on Friday night. I’m a great fan … Continue reading

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A couple of friends who live abroad – usually in Burgundy but sometimes in China, USA, or just about anywhere his work wants to send him - were recently in Sydney, so what a great excuse for a group of us to get … Continue reading

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