Jerez de la Frontera

Where on Earth is Jerez de la Frontera you ask? Well you could probably guess somewhere Hispanic from the name, however what you may not have guessed is that this region is responsible for making one of the most historically significant wine styles of the past three centuries. Every wine drinker worth their salt has…

Sardinia, Italy

Off the coast of Italy, 200 km due west of Naples, the second largest island in the Mediterranean rises from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sardinia, or Sardegna as it is known in its native Italian, has an illustrious past,  being governed by Carthage, then Ancient Rome, the Byzantines, Spanish Arabs then Spanish Catalans, until it was…

Viré-Clessé, Burgundy

Today we work our way south through Burgundy, to the southern-most point of the region, the Mâconnais. This is the warmest and driest part of Burgundy, and is known mainly for its Chardonnay (which is responsible for around 85% of annual production), which tends to be drink-now, fruit-forward and less expensive compared to its northerly…

Mercurey, Burgundy

This week finds us in Burgundy once more, moving south through the home of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir into the dead-centre of not only the Côte Chalonnaise, but of the whole Burgundian region. The Mercurey appellation is a key cog in the makeup of the Côte Chalonnaise, so much so that the whole section was…

Pernand-Vergelesses, Burgundy

This week we’ll be travelling further south through Burgundy to the Cote de Beaune, to a section known mainly for its red wines. However this appellation I’ve chosen does the opposite, as it is most famously known for its white wines! The region of Pernand-Vergelesses is surrounded by vineyards known across the globe for producing…

Marsannay, Burgundy

No, this is not the home of the Marsanne grape variety in the south of France- quite the opposite! In one of the very northernmost corners of Burgundy there is a very unique region that not many people know about. The Marsannay appellation is a part of the Côte de Nuits sub-region of Bourgogne a.k.a….

Central Otago, New Zealand, Part 2

So last week I started part 1 on the history and terrior of Central Otago, realising quickly that there is simply too much to cover in one week, so today I’ll be finishing off by talking about the variety that put this region on the map, as well as a quick summary of what makes…

Central Otago, New Zealand, Part 1

What is it about this region that has taken it from relative obscurity 20 years ago to one of the premiere Pinot Noir producing regions on earth? Well, it seems the answer is rather complicated, so I’ve split my piece in two. This week I’ll look at the significance of the history of this region…

Sydney Tastings : Saturdays in France

Join us Saturday mornings in Sydney and discover a myriad of wines from some of the best-known regions in France, and some of the least known! Please ensure you check the locations and times below as we will be rotating between both tasting rooms at Alexandria and Chatswood.  These are free tastings run by our…

Vinho Verde, Portugal

As we swelter away across the country through one of the hottest few weeks on record, I thought I would bring you a piece that would transport you to a far away green, lush land that is famous for a wine tailor-made for stinking hot summer evenings; the partially frizzante, light, low alcohol, crunchy and…