Category: Italy

Some short notes from a long, vaguely Italian themed lunch. N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Grand Siecle: Probably around 7-10 years bottle age and it shows on the nose with aromas of honey, citrus, quince paste and some sherry. Complex and with good presence on the palate, there is also acidity coming through strongly to keep things […]

I love Moscato over summer, the best are slightly sweet but the acid and spritz can be so refreshing. The generally low alcohol is also a bonus. With this in mind, I sought out 17 Moscato based current release wins from both Australia and Italy to taste and decide what I would be buying to […]

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 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 […]

A recent dinner with the theme for the start of the evening being “Grand Marque Champagne”. All wines were tasted blind by me except for the Savaterre and the Carpineto. Comte Audoin de Dampierre Family Reserve Grand cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne 1996 A hyperactive bead with the most mousse of any of the Champagne […]

Some notes taken at a dinner attended by some fellow wine lovers – Seppelt Show Sparkling Shiraz 1990 – (Grampians, Victoria): A nice way to start the proceedings. Blackberry, cherry, spice, violets and earthy characters on the nose. Nice rich mouth-feel, with a bit of sweetness on the palate. Good, long finish. 88/100 Dry River […]