Wine Ark Friday Focus : Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany

Arguably the most famous quality wine producing region in Italy (come on Barolo and Barbaresco fans- dig into me!), the town of Montalcino is located on top of a hill in the amazingly picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany, West-Central Italy, about 110km south of Tuscany’s main city, Florence. Around this quaint little town (population approx….

Wine Ark Friday Focus : Vallee de la Marne, Champagne

The Champagne region has been considered the pinnacle of sparkling wine production for centuries, imitated in wine growing regions across the globe to varied success. Champagne is synonymous with celebration, summarized exceptionally by Napoleone Boneparte “Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” However a lot of people don’t understand that there…

Wine Ark Friday Focus : Margaret River

I have a very special reason for focussing one of Australia’s premier wine producing regions- you see as you read this, I sit at Moss Wood Vineyards in the Margaret River! So consider this as an ‘on the ground’ report of the region. So, what makes the Margaret River one of the Premier wine growing…

Wine Ark Friday Focus : Pauillac

A name synonymous with good wine, (and high prices!), but have you ever wondered why? Arguably the most expensive plot of wine-growing soil on the planet, Pauillac is home to some of the most famous names in the wine world. And for very good reason, some would argue – 3 of the 5 Bordeaux First…

Wine Ark Hawthorn St Hallett private Masterclass

Recently, Wine Ark Hawthorn was very pleased to play host to Stuart Blackwell, Senior Winemaker of St Hallett Wines for a private Masterclass, showcasing the new vintage releases from this iconic Barossa Valley producer. Stuart Blackwell’s winemaking career spans four decades, including time not only in the Barossa, but in the McLaren Vale, South Africa and…

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…