Category Archives: Shiraz

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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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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Every year, a small selection of Australia’s wine geek community get all excited about the latest releases from Wendouree.  The release is exclusively to their mailing list, so if you are not on it you have to beg, steal, or … 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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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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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’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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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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A few of us gathered recently to taste our way through some of the best Hunter Shiraz from the recent 2009 vintage.  There will always be arguments that we should have included such-and-such a wine, but I think we pulled … 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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