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It has been said that to understand wine one must kiss a lot of frogs; that is, taste a lot of ordinary wine to recognise the great. Notwithstanding the whiff of myth infused to entice novices into tasting the dull...
Several months ago, I was tasting wine in a Melbourne restaurant when my thoughts turned to that of our national character. What makes Australian wine Australian? It was hardly surprising it arose when it did; I was tasting French and...
I am delighted to announce that I have made the Mazzei International Wine Columnist of the Year shortlist in the 2017 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards. The shortlist, announced on June 30th, was decided by a panel of six...
What of the tasting note? Every wine writer will contemplate the question at some stage in her career. If not out of curiosity, then perhaps when forced to defend the habit by those unconvinced. Such queries are hardly surprising and...
It’s the lucky ones who find a message in the bottle. In his essay On Wine and Hashish, Charles Baudelaire writes of an old unknown author who said: “Nothing equals the joy of the man drinking, if not the wine...
No matter how many tangential reflections I take wine on, there is one question that everyone asks eventually, "That's interesting, but can you recommend a good value pinot noir?” Quite right to ask, too. Who doesn't love pinot noir's aesthetic charms...
I was sitting at an old wooden bar at one of Wellington’s finest restaurants when I noticed the counter had been converted into a fish tank. Beneath my glass of Sauvignon Blanc a crayfish with claws the size of oven...

Champagne Revolution

03 April 2017 | by
I am delighted to be joining author and wine importer Rob Walters for the 'Champagne Revolution' as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Alongside fellow panelists Master Sommelier Sebastian Crowther and Adam Cotterell, we’ll take a journey through...
In January this year, 700 people from 20 countries travelled to Wellington on the south of the North Island of New Zealand for the Pinot Noir Celebration, a three day event described as “the best Pinot Noir event on the planet”. The...
I spent an hour with Wine Business Monthly editor Anthony Madigan to talk about my journey into wine writing, our dynamic industry quarrels and Australia’s exciting new wines. Highlights from the article ‘Write On: The Making of Australian Wine Writer...