Category Archives: Suggested Wines

Regional Food and Wine Pairing in South Australia

Readers of this blog will know I have a lot of respect for Australian wines. While the image of Aussie wines in the UK is often associated with bottom-of-the-barrel supermarket specials, the country produces quite incredible wines at all price … Continue reading

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Top 10 wine grapes

What are your top ten grape varieties? It’s an academic question but one that throws into focus why it is we like the wines we like. My consideration of the question is split into whites and reds available on the Rambling … Continue reading

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James Flewellen’s Top Wines of 2012

A recent post by my friend Tom Parker on his top wines of the last year inspired me to go through my notes to consider the same question. Wine tasting being the highly subjective and opinionated business that it is, … Continue reading

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Grower Champagne: Désir de Matthieu

Most champagnes you see in stores on the export market are grandes marques – big brands from houses that buy in most of their grapes from an army of small landowners and grape growers in the Champagne region. There are also a few … Continue reading

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Robert Oatley Signature Series

The University Wine Champions Australia trip started off in incredible style with a cruise around Sydney Harbour courtesy of Robert Oatley Vineyards. As well as wine, Robert Oatley is well-known for yachting endeavours. Wild Oats XI – Robert Oatley’s racing … Continue reading

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Heart in Priorato

At its best, wine is a product of passion. Grape growers, winemakers, merchants and consumers all contribute to the story of a great bottle of wine. At the moment of its opening, the story is individualised by the location, the … Continue reading

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Bargain Cinsault

Percheron Old Vine Cinsault 2010 – Western Cape – South Africa I first came across this wine on Jancis Robinson’s excellent Purple Pages website in an article reviewing the latest ‘gems’ from the Wine Society. “VVVGV” she rated it (“very … Continue reading

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