Best of the Bunch

Santa Sofia Ripasso 2007 (Veneto, Italy)

22
Jan

I’m convinced I’ve got some Italian blood pumping through my veins. Maybe my mother’s kept a dark secret from me all these years. When I’m out grazing, it’s nearly always in Italian restaurants. Even when we’re on vacation or when I’m working the “other” side of the Pond, I manage to find a comfortable Italian […]

Hogue Cellars Late Harvest White Riesling

13
Jan

OK, it’s no secret that my favourite grape variety in the entire world, is the Riesling. It’s what wine is all about. The very essence of wine appreciation. A grape with so much subtle nuance, it could have been a matinee idol with a pencil thin moustache. Riesling is such a smooth operator, I think […]

Holiday Cheers!

19
Dec

I always slip into the Holiday season with a glass of fizz and a delicately cut tray of smoked salmon sandwiches on slim slices of white bread spread with a layer of Danish “Lurpak” or “Plugra” brand unsalted butter.  The wife, our 24 year old daughter and I sip our favorite tipple (a list of […]

Autumnal Wining

16
Oct

The falling leaves drift by my window, The falling leaves of red and gold, I see your lips, the summer kisses, The sunburned hands I used to hold. The days are getting a little cooler, the ice cream lines have melted away, and the leaves are a shade darker. As we say good-bye to sandals, […]

Hope Estate Shiraz 2009

06
Oct

Hope Estate produces wines with the typical Aussie twinkle in their eyes but also a mature intensity to their deceivingly complex character.  This, for me, is the allure of Australian wine. It takes itself seriously but still maintains a sense of irony, delivering it’s own “spin” on a grape variety we thought we knew, but […]

Johnny Depp AWOL with Leon Beyer Pinot Blanc

27
Aug

I think I need a holiday. I mean a serious break, maybe say, a few years away. Not from this column, mind you. Not even from America. I mean a long holiday on Mars or Neptune or Alpha Centauri. I am convinced the world as we know it has gone stark staring bonkers. Let me […]

Find Your Wine Companion and Have a Sparkling Summer

23
Jul

If you’ve been locked in your wine cellar for the past few months and have finally come up for air, let me be the first to welcome you to the sweaty season. It’s a season that I, for one, can’t deal with unless I have a libation close at hand to cool my heated behavior. […]

HOPE ESTATE Verdelho 2005

07
Jul

Once upon a time in Portugal and on the island of Madeira lived a grape called Verdelho. There’s not much of this grape being planted in that part of the world any longer. But amazingly enough it’s popped up in the hotter climes Downunder. Again proving my point that we live on one vast vineyard […]

Skouras Moschofilero 2010

29
May

How they’ll perform in London next year…what a spectacle….fast, furious focused and, yes, fatigued. Those athletes from all edges of the planet, will dazzle, delight and dignify the devotees of the Olympic games. The torch blazing away as the world finds its oasis of harmony albeit for the briefest of respites. Yes I know that […]

Santa Sofia Ripasso 2007

13
Apr

I’m convinced I’ve got some Italian blood pumping through my veins. Maybe my mother’s kept a dark secret from me all these years. When I’m out grazing, it’s nearly always in Italian restaurants. Even when we’re on vacation or when I’m working the “other” side of the Pond, I manage to find a comfortable Italian […]