Month: November 2018

Ian Botham Wines

Ian Botham Wines

They were long, hot and often dry summers, but some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending the Christmas school holidays going to the beach, swimming in my friends’ pools, and spending countless hours with eyes glued to a static-ridden tv screen listening to Richie Benaud calling the Ashes. I loved watching Dennis Lillee…
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Alkoomi Wines, Jarrah Shiraz 2011 Review

Franklin River – the best Shiraz producing region in Australia

There’s naturally a degree of hesitation in expressing an opinion about wine, wine regions and winemakers. After all, opinions are rather self-indulgent and often, ill-considered, half-baked and formed in ignorance of the facts. So when I was recently asked for my view as to which region produces the best Shiraz in Australia, I baulked! How…
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Travis Schultz Penfolds Blog

From Friend to Foe – Penfolds 2018 Release

Loyalties to an Aussie classic fade as brand’s quality fails to reflect its prestige pricing. I’m out. For years I’ve been a loyal disciple to the Penfolds brand, admiring the handiwork of Peter Gago and his team of winemakers and inevitably, loving their work and singing the praises of their offerings year after year. But…
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Windowrie of Cowra, New South Wales

Windowrie of Cowra

The Cowra wine region covers around 1,250 square kilometres in the Lachlan River Valley at the southern end of the Central Ranges zone in New South Wales.  Unsurprisingly, the district is named after the largest town in the region and it’s amongst the lowest altitude and warmest parts of the Central Ranges region. And while…
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To decant or not to decant?

To decant or not to decant?

The right amount of crystal can improve a drop. It can make for great theatre in a restaurant or distinguished dining house, but for all its grandeur, is there really any benefit from decanting wines? Or is it one of those traditions that make for a good show but has no more benefit than the…
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