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Tasting: David Hook Pinot Grigio & Barbera

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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.

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Tasting: Bruno Paillard NV Premiere Cuvée

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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.

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The Northern Rhône: A primer

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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.

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