Author: Cam Wheeler

JJ Prum Goldkapsel

Last Thursday I headed into the recently opened QT Sydney Hotel and its Gowings Bar & Grill in order to attend the annual Joh. Jos. Prüm frühstück, a breakfast tasting hosted by the Australian wine importer Bibendum. On this occasion the wines tasted were from 2011, a year in which the winery celebrates its 100th […]

US wine is not something that we get a huge amount of exposure to in Australia, probably at least partially due to the prices for the wines ending up sky high by the time shipping and taxes (in the region of 40%) are applied, so whenever I get a chance to try some I am […]

1959 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg feine Auslese

I was fortunate to attend this small dinner a couple of weekends ago organised by a friend in Sydney, Australia. The theme was based around one of his great passions, German Riesling and as usual he did a great job in the careful sourcing and planing for this dinner. The restaurant Fix St James did […]

Alongside the 1944 Seppelt Sparkling Burgundy that I spoke about in the previous post, we had a number of other icon wines, including 2 bottles of the incredible Seppeltsfield 100yo Para. 2000 Bay of Fires Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged – Australia, Tasmania Wow. Stunning nose with great depth and power, there are aromas of […]

Another month and another wine tasting that escalated quickly in planning. The original proposal for a modest BYO event ended in an “Australian Icon” tasting including 1888 and 1908 Seppelt Para Port (to be covered in another post), plus this treasure of Australian wine history. Just prior to the dinner, a member contacted the rest […]

Perigord Black Truffle, Hot Foie Gras Jelly, Fleur de Sel

Some photos from a lunch towards the middle of last year at Restaurant Andre in Singapore. The food and service were both excellent and the value for money at lunch was fairly good at 130 SGD / 100 AUD (plus tax). The wine list was mostly very expensive even compared to Australian prices, so the […]

Some photos and notes from recent dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Black by Ezard did a great job of hosting us with impressive food and excellent service from the sommelier and team. SASHIMI of hiramasa kingfish, sesame custard, edamame puree, chardonnay and shallot dressing ORGANIC FARM EGG potato cream, iberico jamón, herb salad POTATO […]

I was fortunate a few weekends ago to finally try a wine from the revered Australian winemaker, Maurice O’Shea. O’Shea is regarded as a master and pioneer of the winemaking craft in Australia and his best wines still have the potential to be great, despite the basic conditions under which they were made. The wines […]

Thousand Candles 2011 Shiraz

I recently attended a dinner with winemaker William Downie at The Oak Barrel in Sydney. He has built a solid reputation for his Pinot Noir, first at De Bortoli and then starting in 2003 with his small production self-named label. Recently he has attracted further attention as the winemaker for the “Thousand Candles” project (label […]

This dinner was organised by Shannon from Rare Wine Dinners, with the focus this time on German Riesling plus White and Red Rioja. The event was held at Rise in Sydney, a small Japanese Restaurant that did a good job with the demands of serving this much wine to a full restaurant over the course […]