Category Archives: Pinot Noir

During the weekend celebrations of my friend’s 50th birthday, we enjoyed a visit with Michael Dhillon at Bindi winery, located in only a short drive from Kyneton where we were staying. It’s a relatively small operation.  Certainly, its excellent reputation … Continue reading

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I look forward each year to my friend Chris celebrating his birthday, because he always does it in style.  This year he decided that we’d dine at the Bridge Room.  The executive chef is Ross Luster, who previously worked at Rockpool … 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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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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I’m planning a dinner later in the year and need to start working on a suitable menu.  The featured wines will be Burgundies (predominantly red, pinot noirs), which can be wonderful wines to match with food, but care must also … 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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I attended a fantastic wine tasting recently, showcasing some of NZ’s very best wines across an array of styles.  It was superbly organised, with wines served in flights, ample food, and a great group of people.  There was lots of … 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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Last night I shared dinner with a few friends at a local Italian restaurant, Lemoncello in West Pennant Hills.  We shared a mix of entrees and pasta, and then had our own mains – eye fillet cooked rare for me.  The … 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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