Last year I featured Vino Intrepido winemaker James Scarcebrook on the blog and at the time I promised a tasting note of the Nebbiolo. Well, I drunk that bottle and forgot about the note, but since then he’s gone from strength to strength so now felt like a good time to check in on some new release wines that will be hitting shelves soon.No tags
In the past I have made it known that I do not taste Hunter Valley wines for the blog, given that I was working for a Hunter Valley winery. Now that that has changed, I don’t feel compelled to live by that mantra any more. I still live in the Hunter, but I work with wineries from all over…. so everything is fair game in my books. And anyway, one of these wines is from Orange, NSW.No tags
I first became aware of James via his podcast, The Vincast, and then later through his Let’s Tase series of YouTube videos. I struck up a friendship with him when I started my role at Glenguin, a friendship that I’m delighted to say has outlived my time at Glenguin!No tags
Been a little bit of time since I wrote a tasting note here – writing tasting notes for study purposes drain the life out of you at times, but this wine is a cracker and I couldn’t resist putting something down. Full disclaimer: the wine was provided by the winemaker.chardonnaygranite beltqueenslandtasting noteswine
When it comes to a wine to celebrate a special occasion, little comes close to Champagne. For me, however, Champagne doesn’t have to be simply reserved for times when a celebration is on the cards. If money was no object, I’d be drinking Champagne (by which I, of course, mean sparkling wines from the region of Champagne, France) every day.champagnefrench winesparkling
Given my last post was all about the Northern Rhône, it makes sense that the next wine tasted comes from there. I’ve mentioned before that Yves Cuilleron can do no wrong, and this wine is certainly one of my favourites.
Tasted from a magnum, for transparency’s sake.côte rôtiefrench winenorthern rhône
If Burgundy was where I first fell in love with French wines, then the Rhône Valley, specifically the Northern Rhône was where that love was cemented. Having been brought up on Shiraz, and Hunter Shiraz very early on, these Syrah wines were the wines that showed me what the grape was capable of.
Forget, especially if you’re Australian, what you think you know about Shiraz. Because Kansas is going bye-bye.french winenorthern rhôneunderstanding winewine labelswine laws