Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

From Vine to Glass episode 1….

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Christmas has come early for the savvy gourmandise: John Torode & Neil McGuigan have launched a limited edition Hunter Valley Semillon and is hosting a four part video edit of their journey from idea conception to finished product. Episode one whets our appetite for the story that lies ahead.

*This is a sponsored video*



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Wines in full bloom….

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Riesling, Viognier and Torrontes are all aromatic white wines I like to drink but seldom order unless I’m eating Asian style foods with a bit of spice. It’s been drummed into us: aromatic whites go with Japanese, Thai and Chinese which is great because they’re always a safe combo but aromatic whites are equally, if not more so, perfect staples for Spring time drinking too.

What sets an aromatic white apart from trusty whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio is very much as the name suggests; they’re perfumed, scented, fragrant, distinctive and sometimes pungent which means finding one
you like can be a bit of a gamble.

Here are a couple that are very much in full bloom:

Harvey Nichols Clare Valley Riesling 2012, South Australia (£16.00) is everything I wish all Rieslings could be: brimming with grapefruit, lemon blossom and sherbet characters, so fresh and citrusy on the finish that your mouth literally salivates for more. It’s a style that’s typically Clare Valley Riesling and should be a go-to region for anyone that likes their’s dry not sweet.

Bellingham The Bernard Series Hand-Picked Viognier 2013 (£10.99) from The Co-operative Food is peachy, peach blossom in particular and like apricot jam on a hot croissant, it’s smooth, full and naughty but nice.

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Chardonnay, the most marmite of grapes….

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

It’s the time of year for good will to all, isn’t it? But in this technology drenched world, despite it being C* time, cowards continue to hide behind the anonymity of the internet and get fired up over the strangest of things. The C** word in question is Chardonnay. If you didn’t know already it’s experiencing a revival, and it’s got a bunch of C*** words seriously het up! Victoria Moore, wine columnist at The Telegraph got the brunt of it, she’s been blazing a trail of glory for Chardonnay all year (see here) and although I despise most of the use of the comments section following her piece, it has at least proved that wine really can get the pulse racing!!


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A favourite Aussie….

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

[In song] On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me some Chardonnay, a favourite Aussie….

Chardonnay is back, it never really went away, it has held its position in the list of the nation’s top 3 white wines for years and is the world’s best selling white year after year. It’s the mars bar of the wine world, while everyone is talking about their 70% cocoa bar of Green & Blacks (read Sauvignon Blanc for wine), they’re secretly looking forward to tucking into the squished mars bar at the bottom of their handbag on their way home (or unloved bottle of Chardonnay they sneaked into the basket at Tesco). ………

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Hampering the wine efforts….

Monday, November 25th, 2013

All you need is love and a bottle of wine, apparently. Well, yes… and no. Both help if you’re trying to get pregnant, but right now it’s Christmas, a time of giving and a time when love and a bottle of wine never quite seems enough.

Ok then, how about love, wine and a few nibbly bits? I’m talking hampers. I’ve always been wary of them as an idea, never quite knowing what’s hiding under the cellophane. To me they slap of corporate gratefulness and a lack of imagination, invariably gifted to someone you’re obliged to buy for rather than want to gift to. And wine invariably comes as part of the deal but what can be said of the quality?


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It’s #AllAboutChardonnay….

Monday, November 11th, 2013

People that work in the wine trade always have a story: a wine moment that sealed their destiny and career direction forever. Being born with a nose on the wrong side of dainty meant a lot of my fate was written genetically but my wine moment was relatively simple. I got a job at Christie’s the auctioneers in their education department, it was my first job after I graduated and I was organising the logistics and subscriptions to their wine tasting evenings. The nights were hosted by esteemed Masters of Wine that I had no appreciation of at the time and were attended by rich middle class men, their chums or their wives. As you can imagine, some of the wines we poured (and got to take home the leftovers of) were outstanding, nothing like I’d ever been exposed to before. ………

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