The Sommelier

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Jamie Fraser, settling down for his first night of incarceration in one of Her Majesty’s bleaker prisons, wondered how things might have turned out...

My Love Life and Other Failures

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I Disappoint My First Woman… By all accounts I was born on the hottest day that year. It was a leap year. It had started...

How I Got Into Wine (Part 2)

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D.L. From about my early teens we had wine with lunch at the weekend family table. Though agreeable enough, this did become as much a...

RIOJA – FOLLOWER OF FASHION

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  The wine landscape in Spain has been changing since the 80s, Many claim it’s made Spain one of the most exciting red wine regions...

WINING IN TASMANIA – Geography of wine flavour

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Many say Tasmania is the road kill capital of the world whilst others prefer to highlight the island’s cool climate and its potential to become...

A Christmas Dinner

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It was not long before I heard the large front door slamming shut, the sound of the heavy, cast-iron knocker echoing around the vast...

BEST BELLINI – Shoes, widow and Prosecco

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After two days and nights, Lachlan and the widow forced through lack of food, if not wine, finally left their luxury suite in Venice’s...

Sancerre’s Sauvignons

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If I had been asked what regions like Ribera del Duero, Champagne and Sancerre have in common, I suspect I would have answered that...

A Summer’s Day in Burgundy

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  We explore Burgundy and find it's much smaller than we imagined, with pretty villages and famous vineyards around every corner. Bruce asked the men...

Tasting Victory

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Humble Beginnings “Despite their mutual loathing my parents produced three children. There were times they argued so badly they would both end up with bloody...