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Bentley Restaurant & Bar - Sydney

Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2009 Wine Tasting

A few food photos from a dinner put on by Ultimo Wine Centre at Bentley Restaurant & Bar, comparing (one of my favourite) Australian wine producers Clonakilla with wines from the very well respected French producer Cuilleron. I’ll try to put some tasting notes up soon. The food was very good and I’d be keen [...]

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Oscillate Wildly - Sydney

Date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 Wine Tasting

Service: Friendly Food: Very good overall - a couple of excellent courses, a couple great and a one not to my taste Value: About $120 a head all up including corkage, coffee and tip. Glassware: Good Wine list: Had a quick glance but we brought our own wine so I didn’t spend much time going over it. BYO Details: $8 [...]

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Spice Temple - Sydney

Date: Thu, Aug 13, 2009 Wine Tasting

Cuisine: Chinese Service: No problems. Food: Very good - a couple of dishes were maybe a step below others, but overall a good experience. Spices obviously feature prominently, but for the most part were well balanced. The hottest dishes are indicated on the menu if you want to either avoid or try them, none that I tried [...]

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Dinner at Glebe Point Diner

Date: Sun, Aug 2, 2009 Wine Tasting

I went along with a group of friends to Glebe Point Diner a couple of weeks ago. I was very impressed by the restaurant and I may put up some images and impressions of the food in a separate post later on. The wines brought along by our group were almost all outstanding and it [...]

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Aria Restaurant - Sydney

Date: Thu, Jul 30, 2009 Wine Tasting

A while since I’ve updated, but I’m back with a quick post and some photos from lunch at Aria that I had earlier this week. The food was excellent and the service professional without being too uptight. At $85 for three and a bit courses (Hors d’œuvre, bread, entree, main, dessert) I felt it offered [...]

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Champagne, Burgundy, Riesling and some West Australians

Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2009 Wine Tasting

1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Charlie Honey, toast, nuts, spice, nutmeg and green apples on the nose. Delicious palate with excellent acidity. 93/100 2008 Wine By Brad Sauvignon Blanc Mantra Revelation Grass, some honey, not too herbal. A nice palate with good acid providing a refreshing crispness. Nice wine. 89/100 2008 Wine By Brad Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Strong grass aromas with some [...]

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A broad set of wines

Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2009 Wine Tasting

2007 Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein Schieferterrassen Riesling Honey, spice, pencil shavings and strong pear aromas. Touch of sweetness to the palate, an interesting texture and good weight of flavour. 90/100 2006 Domaine Ninot Mercurey Vieilles Vignes Lightly coloured, there is red cherry, musk and some earth on the nose. The palate is on the lean side and finishes a [...]

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Australian Wine Trade Bushfire Raffle

Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2009 Wine Tasting

The Australian wine trade has come together with some amazing generosity to put together a raffle to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross to use in assisting the people affected by the bushfires in Victoria over the past couple of weeks. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by following the link below [...]

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A pair of Bonnes Mares and some other special wines

Date: Tue, Jan 27, 2009 Wine Tasting

1998 Vilmart Champagne Cuvee Creation Light citrus and grassy aromas. Fresh, delicate palate with a touch of fruit sweetness. Good balance and drinking nicely now. 91/100 N.V. Krug Champagne Brut- Disgorged 29/08/89 Mid gold colour. Vigorous bead. Woody, nutty nose with some mushroom and earth. Palate is okay, a touch wooden and disjointed. Drinkable, but had [...]

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Dinner at Bistrode

Date: Sun, Nov 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

A very nice evening at Bistrode recently. Food pictures follow the tasting notes. de Sousa Cuvée des Caudalies Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV Disgorged 03/07/07. A vigorous, fine bead. Nutty, earthy and some marmalade characters on the nose. Very dry palate, a touch oxidative, but very interesting. 88/100 Christian Moreau Les Clos Grand Cru 2005 White floral characters [...]

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Dinner at Paradoxe

Date: Sun, Nov 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

Wines from a dinnner at Paradoxe in Crows Nest. 4 courses and bread/sides/corkage were only $49 but the dishes were woefully inconsistent. My beef main course was good but overall quite disappointing. Pol Roger Brut 1998 Good bead. Bready nose with a touch of yeast and lime. Nice palate, approachable with some restrained acid. Tasty and [...]

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Dinner at Perama

Date: Sun, Nov 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

Some wines from a dinner at Perama in Petersham - Pol Roger NV (disgorged 2005) – Citrus, touch of yeast with honey and nutty aromas. Good balance to the palate, there is some richness that is well balanced by the acid. I really like Pol with a couple of years bottle age and this was no [...]

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Mid-Week Dinner

Date: Sat, Jul 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

A few wines earlier this week at Atelier in Newtown. Vilmart Cœur de Cuvée 1997. Light straw colour with a fine bead. Lemon, pear, brine and earth on the nose. There is subtle fruit sweetness balanced with excellent acidity on the palate. Long and intense, this is an excellent wine and one of the better 97s [...]

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Tetsuya’s

Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

An amazing dinner at Tetsuya’s last weekend to celebrate a friend’s birthday, I’ll let the tasting notes and the pictures of the wine then food tell the story. 1981 Krug This is a wine that I have always wanted to try (being my birth year) and I was very lucky to get the chance on this [...]

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