Category: Canada

A wonderful dinner on Saturday night at Tetsuya’s in Sydney with my family. Food, service and atmosphere were impossible to fault even though my expectations were sky high after such a wonderful experience on my first/last visit last year. The menu was only changed very slightly from my last visit in May last year, but […]

The third and final workshop on the second day of the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting in Sydney. This workshop focused on Riesling from the new and old world, in an off-dry style. Dry River “Craighall” 2004 Slightly less pungent nose than the 2005 I tried the previous day, but still had some sweaty, funky […]

Sydney experienced a 45° celsius (113° fahrenheit) New Years day this year, so we did what any sensible group of wine lovers would do – go ahead with the dinner anyway and celebrate the New Year with some great wine. This was my first visit to Elio, an Italian restaurant which is based in Leichhardt […]

The North American class was an interesting one – it is obviously a region with some unexplored and unacknowledged potential. I heard some rather complimentary things being said about these classes from fellow attendees, and while there were some very good, bordering on excellent wines being shown, there were an equal number of wines that […]

Current Vintage (2004) Dry Atwater Estate “Dry” – 91/100 Heron Hill “Ingle Vineyard Johannisberg” – 90/100 Dr Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars ”Dry” – 88/100 Lamoreaux Landing “Reserve” – 87/100 Vincor “Genesis” – 87/100 Sheldrake Point “Dry” – 87/100 Waters Crest Winery – 86/100 Belhurst “Traditions Dry” – 86/100 Keuka Spring Vineyard – 84/100 Anthony […]

Current Vintage (2004) Semi-Dry Dr Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars “Johannisberg Semi-Dry” – 91/100 Chateau Ste Michelle “Eroica” – 89/100 Keuka Spring “Reserve” – 88/100 McGregor Vineyard “Semi-Dry” – 87/100 Fox Run Dry – 87/100 Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards – 86/100 Hillside Estate – 85/100 Chateau Ste Michelle “Cold Creek” – 85/100 Fox Run – 82/100 […]

Current Vintage (2004) Sweet Sheldrake Point “Ice Wine” – 92/100 Heron Hill “Late Harvest” – 90/100 Heron Hill “Ingle Vineyard Icewine” – 89/100 McGregor Vineyard – 87/100 Belhurst Traditions “Semi-Dry” – 86/100 Widmer’s Brickstone “Semi-Dry” – 78/100

15 classes of Riesling featuring 338 entries from Australia, New Zealand, Germany and North America? $15 entry and you get to pour your own samples and you get to take home whatever half bottles that are left over at the end? All I have to do is drive 4 hours to Canberra? I’m there. So […]

Once again a merry band of men and women from the Winestar Forum met up in order to enjoy some food and wine. The Restaurant: I quite liked the restaurant; my entree of Balmain Bug Raviolo was excellent and was perfect for the white wines. Wasn’t quite as impressed with the main of Char-grilled Sirloin […]