Category: France

One of the great things about wine is the range of people that you meet who share the interest, from all age-groups and walks of life. In the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of attending the birthday parties of friends turning 30, 40 and 50! The Egon Muller and the Giacomo were […]

A great eight hour long dinner at a friends place to enjoy and compare various bottles of Krug and then to try some various wines afterward. The food was as follows; -Amuse bouche: fresh oysters, salmon and avocado tartare, confit of ocean trout, duck and beetroot tartlet. -Terrine au Saumon -Roast Rainbow Trout -Kangaroo Fillet […]

In November of last year a tasting was held to compare two of Australia’s most prominent Cabernet Sauvignons. It was expected that we would see two very different styles of Cabernet with the family owned Mount Mary from the cool Yarra Valley in Victoria and the corporate giant Southcorp owned, Penfolds 707 Cabernet from the […]

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 […]

N.V. Bruno Michel Champagne “Cuvée Rebelle” Extra Brut A little bit of toast, cashew and chocolate on the nose. Refreshing mouth-feel with decent length, but not very complex or deep. 86/100 2000 Leonildo Pieropan Soave Classico Superiore La Rocca Light golden in colour. Lemon zest, almonds, butter, a touch of cheese and sulfur. Interesting texture, […]

Some long-lost notes from a dinner early last year. 1979 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Champagne A tarnished gold colour with very fine bead evident. Initially the nose gave off some oxidative, varnishy burnt almond characters, but these came around to mostly caramel, mushroom, apricot and nuttiness. A wave of flavour envelops your mouth on […]

A great night last weekend with a friend flying in some fresh Perigord Black Truffles from France and people bringing along some great wines to match. The food was fairly simple, letting the truffles take centre stage. The flavours and aromas of the food were incredible and a number of the wines really complimented the […]

Dinner at Sugaroom in Sydney with 4 other wine lovers – Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Shiraz (06 disg) : Good mousse at first that drops away pretty quickly. Nice layered complexity to the nose – plums, cherry, earth and gamey notes. The palate has an intriguing texture and mouth-feel to it. Very good length and […]

Cattier Brut Premier Cru Chigny-les-Roses NV Aggressive, swirling bead. Fresh, crisp green apples, lemon sherbet and tropical fruit pervade the nose. The palate is lightly flavoured and driven by crisp acidity. Pleasant and decent value for money in context at $36AUD. 87/100 Seppelt Salinger 1994 Only the faintest of bead that was gone with 5 […]

A few quick notes from a recent casual dinner with friends; 1979 Bollinger Grande Année Champagne A slow, fine bead and tenuous mousse. The nose is explosive and intense with marzipan, yeasty bread, honey, apple and mushrooms.The palate is a delight, with lovely, balanced mouth-filling honeyed flavour and with an excellent core of acid to […]