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Wednesday Wines – Episode 187 – Quinta do Noval Portfolio Tasting

I recently missed an important wine tasting. I was overseas, and while these things happen, I knew it was a big one, so I was delighted when AXA Millésimes supremo Christian Seely kindly recreated it for a couple of lucky souls. I was so pleased he did because it was a stunning line in the sand for his terrific Quinta do Noval estate.  Here are the…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 186 – New Zealand New Release Tasting 2023

I attended the New Zealand New Release tasting yesterday, so this information is bang up to date.  I have picked out 20 wines from the 146 on tasting for your consideration.  No stockist information was provided, and the prices quoted below look relatively accurate.  Still, unlike my usual pieces, I would ask you to fire up the internet to search…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 185 – Casa Ferreirinha Reserva Especial Vertical & 2014 Launch

  Casa Ferreirinha winemaker Luís Sottomayor made the decision to declare 2014 Reserva Especial in December 2022 making this is the 18th vintage of ‘Reserva Especial’ produced. Previous Reserva Especial vintages: 1960, 1962, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009. Barca-Velha vintages:…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 184 – West Australian Wine Tour & WAGFG Awards

  I have just returned from one of my life’s most fascinating and comprehensive Australian tours. In just seven days, I managed to bring myself bang up to date with West Australia’s incredible gastronomic scene while tasting countless world-class wines and meeting many of the heroes of Aussie wine. The collaborative efforts of Georgia…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 182 & 183 – Skillogalee & Chatto  

A double bill because I did not publish a column last week.  Now that my 100 Best Australian Wines 2023/24 has been published, I start my search for next year’s wines. I know this sounds absurd, but compiling a list of the best, regardless of whether it is an annual initiative or not, is a 12-month task. This week, I have two producers to bring…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 181 –WAGFG 2023

The West Australian Good Food & Wine Awards 2023 What an incredible event.  I was privileged to select the ‘Silver Bullet Wine’ at this year’s West Australian Good Food & Wine Awards.  Held at the State Buildings in Perth, with an audience of the great and the good of the West Australian wine scene, I was invited on stage for a…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 180 – 4, 5, 8 & 9

Four extraordinary Champagnes Billecart-Salmon, Les Rendez-vous de Billecart-Salmon N°4 Chardonnay Extra Brut £140, coming soon I tasted the two Billecart-Salmon Rendez-vous wines in this week’s Wednesday Wines article, one after the other. I cannot underline enough just how invigorating and exciting they are. They are entirely different in…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 179 – 100 Best Launch

100 Best Australian Wines Report 2023/24 Launch at Australia House 26th September 2023 The Report is now available to download on this website for Members and Professional Members   The Launch Larry Cherubino, The Honourable Stephen Smith High Commission and Deputy Head of Mission Elisabeth Bowes Larry Cherubino - Winery of the Year…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 178 – Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection

Last month, Hawke’s Bay Wine sent me a dozen Chardonnays from the 2021 vintage.  This fascinating selection is the third vintage in which they have kindly sent the very best wines from the region to international wine writers to assess. The Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, also in Hawke’s Bay, has curated an annual mixed case of 12…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 176 – An Indian Summer

2021 Aurva, Shiraz, Chandon, Nashik, India 14% alc. Aurva means ‘of the earth’ in Sanskrit.  This exciting new wine hails from the Chandon India winery of Moët Hennessy, and it is made by Kaushal Khairnar.  I have tasted a good few Indian wines over the years, and I often find myself writing/thinking, ‘pretty good for an Indian wine’,…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 175 – An English Wine Newsflash!

I was fortunate to taste a handful of sneak preview English wines the other day, and six were worthy of particular note.  Some of these wines have yet to hit the market, so I have listed the pricing for the previous vintages.  The website addresses are all correct, so keep your eyes peeled for these new wines hitting the market. Biddenden Vineyards 2022…