From Italy With Love

Posted by David on 7th Dec 2017

Two very special reds - the perfect gifts or the perfect treat. Your choice. Typical of European wine terms, Valpolicella refers to both the place and the wine. Located in the northeast of Italy, the area known as Valpolicella sits within the wider region of Veneto, the capital of which is Venice. Veneto is also home to Soave and Prosecco. Speri was founded in 1874 and with members of both the 4th and 5th generations now at the helm, it’s one of the oldest family-run estates in the
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Head Wines Newsflash

Posted by David on 30th Nov 2017

Back in September I offered the Head Wines Ancestor Vine Grenache 2015, saying it was destined for greatness. This terrific wine has just been included in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2017. For those unfamiliar with James Suckling, he was a senior critic at  Wine Spectator for almost 30 years until 2010, when he left to set up his own venture, jamessucklingdotcom. Seemingly widely disliked, Suckling encountered more than his fair share of criticism.  Eric A
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Burgundy for a Song - Domain Chanson

Posted by David on 23rd Nov 2017

It amazes me that in Australia it’s now possible to pay more than $100 for Bourgogne Rouge, a Pinot Noir at the bottom of Burgundy’s red wine hierarchy, theoretically coming from anywhere within the region. It’s so hard to find value. Domaine Chanson in Beaune. I think many producers are riding the wave of global Burgundy popularity, particularly with red Burgundy from the outstanding 2015vintage. It’s one of the reasons I find myself drinking less Burgundy, even though I’d like
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Riesling Review

Posted by David on 16th Nov 2017

John Hughes, or Rieslingfreak as he’s better known, is a winemaker who makes my job easy. Not only does he knock out fantastic wines, but when it’s time to write about him, as I’ve done for several years now, there’s always something new and exciting going on. You can’t help but admire John - hardworking, diligent and always wanting to know more, and 2017 has been a year in which his efforts were finally rewarded. This was a year of accolades for John and I doubt there’s anyone more deserving. J
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A Bunch of Rosés for the Table

Posted by David on 9th Nov 2017

Rosé. At last it seems this wonderful style has found a place at the Australian table.For years there was very little rosé available in Australia and what was here was pretty ordinary. I wondered if no one appreciated rosé because the quality was so poor or vice versa. Either way, there’s no doubt it had an image problem here for many years. But as Australian tastes have evolved, we’ve realised just how suited it is to our lifestyle and the way we entertain.In France rosé has outsold white wine
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