Category: Restaurants

JJ Prum 2012 Riesling

This trade tasting was held by the Australian importer for these wines (Bibendum Wine Co.) at Mr Wong restaurant in Sydney. As mentioned in my writeup of the 2011 range, I adore the wines of JJ Prum and they are one of my favourite wineries in the Mosel, so while I probably have some bias […]

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Late last year a few of our wine group got together to try to emulate the success of a friend’s birthday dinner at Black in 2012. There were fewer of us in attendance this time around, but we gave it a good shot and enjoyed some brilliant wines (a few bottles are not in the […]

1928 Lafite Cork

Another great tasting put on by Greg and Shannon from Rare Wine Dinners earlier in 2013. The undoubted highlight of the night for me was the chance of a second encounter with the 1964 Cheval Blanc, a legendary wine that floored me the first time I tasted it, as well as a 1928 Chateau Lafite […]

Guillaume at Bennelong

Last weekend I had dinner with friends at the soon to be closed Guillaume at Bennelong. I hadn’t been to Guillaume previously, so when this dinner came up I was super keen as I probably wouldn’t have another chance at its current location. Some brief comments on the restaurant – the food was very impressive, […]

A stunning array of wines - Jayer, DRC, Rousseau, Chave, Raveneau, Harlan, Haut-Brion and more

Five years ago our group had the opportunity to buy a bottle of 1993 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux with excellent provenance from a local source, we split the bottle 8 ways and have been waiting for an appropriate time to open it since. Earlier this year we decided that 20 years from vintage was as […]

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 […]

Wines from a dinner at Black by Ezard

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 […]

Dominique Laurent Bonnes Mares

A few brief notes and photos on a recent dinner at Otto Ristorante in Sydney. The event was a charity dinner for Walk, Talk, Fly with 6 well known local chefs each providing a pasta dish and BYO encouraged. We had some excellent wines, the food was mostly very good and as usual it was […]

Paris - Eiffel Tower - Le Jules Verne

Dinner at the 1 Michelin star, Alain Ducasse operated, Le Jules Verne. The restaurant is situated on the second level of the Eiffel Tower, 150 metres above ground. From my pre-trip research it receives mixed reviews, swinging wildly between being excellent and an abominable tourist trap. I was hesitant to commit, but in the end […]

Following on with my wine bar tour in Toronto, Union 72 was next on the hitlist, with 9 local Canadian wines available by the glass. Organic greens, potato rosti, chevre, Union smoked bacon I was given a seat at the bar by the front window and ordered the Organic greens, potato rosti, chevre and Union […]