Category Archives: Nebbiolo

My friend recently sent me an email about a Gaja Masterclass that was coming up.  No time to check the calendar - a few clicks later I was booked in. Gaia Gaja hosted this masterclass.  She is the eldest daughter of … Continue reading

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When winemakers attempt to replicate a well known wine style in other regions or countries, or simply choose to work with a particular grape, there is an inevitable period of experimentation, comparison, and a general search for identity.  Are winemakers … Continue reading

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There’s an old adage in wine circles: there are no great old wines, only great old bottles. Essentially this adage speaks of bottle variation – differences between bottles of the same wine - and the fact that bottle variation increases as wines … Continue reading

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I recently held an event for one of my wine-tasting groups.  The event was called “Italian Immigrants” and was a look at how Italian grape varieties are settling in to their new home in Australia.  The varieties focussed on were … Continue reading

Posted in Adelaide Hills, Barolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, German Wine, Heathcote, Italian Wine, Nebbiolo, Piemonte, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Tuscany | Comments Off

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

Posted in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne, Chardonnay, German Wine, Italian Wine, Nebbiolo, Piemonte, Riesling | Comments Off

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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Giaconda, one of Australia’s most celebrated wineries (especially for their wonderful chardonnay), have released their first vintage of nebbiolo.  I was keen to try it, but balked a little at the asking price (>$100).  That’s a lot of money for … Continue reading

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My wife and I recently treated ourselves to dinner at Ormeggio at the Spit.  Her father’s family is from Northern Italy, so she was keen to try Sydney’s up and coming Northern Italian cuisine.  You may have seen head chef Alessandro … Continue reading

Posted in Barolo, Food, Italian Wine, Nebbiolo, Piemonte | 1 Comment

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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