Friday Focus; Vosne-Romanée

Originally just known as Vosne (pronounced Vonne), this small village chose to add the extra name on the end in 1866 to advertise the fact that this tiny little commune is home to one of the most highly regarded pieces of vineyard on this earth; La Romanée. This tiny piece of land has been synonymous…

Friday Focus, Canterbury, New Zealand

With neighbours Marlborough to the north and Central Otago to the south- the 2 most famous regions in New Zealand- it’s easy to overlook the comparatively small region of Canterbury in the central north island. But there are wines coming from this region showing an individuality of style and a quality that is worth a…

Montagne de Reims, Champagne

The Champagne region has been considered the pinnacle of sparkling wine production for centuries, imitated in wine growing regions across the globe with varied success. Whilst imitation of French wine is nothing new, I believe that Champagne is the truest example of a product that is head and shoulders above its replications; it is heavily…

Vougeot, Burgundy

Today we travel right to the heart of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits to a region that, when speaking of quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is legendary – a name synonymous with quality for several centuries; Vougeot. This appellation is unique for 2 main reasons; first, Vougeot has the highest percentage of Grand Cru vineyards of…

Russian River Valley

In the heart of the Sonoma Coast region of northern California, sits a small, but very important wine region known as the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). The region takes its name (funnily enough) from the river that runs along its northern border, which took its name from the original Russian settlers who…

Martinborough, New Zealand

At the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand sits the Martinborough wine region- not to be confused with the Marlborough wine region, which sits at the northern tip of the South Island, just across the Cook straight. Whilst only responsible for 3% of total New Zealand production, a significant 9% of winemakers…

New York State, USA

Yes, you read right- there is a fairly bustling wine industry in New York! In fact, New York state recently became the 3rd largest producer of wine in the USA, behind Washington state and the wine giant that is California. New York state has a wine making history dating back to the early 1800’s, assisted…

Yarra Valley

Not many people may know this, but Victoria’s Yarra Valley was one of the first vineyard areas established in Australia. The Scottish-born Ryrie brothers ventured into the Yarra Valley as they moved their cattle south from Sydney (quite a trip by horseback I reckon!), and ended up settling in the area- first setting up a…

Gevrey-Chambertin

One of the first wine areas in the Côte de Nuits region south of Dijon, Gevrey-Chambertin is where Pinot Noir gets very serious.  With 9 Grand Cru sites and 26 Premier Cru sites (41% of the total area under vine!), it’s immediately apparent that you’re in serious winemaking territory here- but only Pinot Noir, as…

Bass Phillip Masterclass Release

 Last evening we met the enigmatic Phillip Jones, the Tsar of Aussie Pinot, for the launch of his brand new 2013 wines. A willful, independent man of very strong opinions (and never shy to share them), Phillip prefers to shun the inevitable public attention thrust at him due to the incredible quality of the wines…