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Dinner at The Bridge Room

Date: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 Wine Tasting

Late last year a few of our wine group got together to try to emulate the success of a friend’s birthday dinner at Black in 2012. There were fewer of us in attendance this time around, but we gave it a good shot and enjoyed some brilliant wines (a few bottles are not in the […]

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Annual 2013 Rare Wine Dinner at Arras

Date: Sat, Feb 15, 2014 Wine Tasting

Another great tasting put on by Greg and Shannon from Rare Wine Dinners earlier in 2013. The undoubted highlight of the night for me was the chance of a second encounter with the 1964 Cheval Blanc, a legendary wine that floored me the first time I tasted it, as well as a 1928 Chateau Lafite […]

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Review – A.Retief Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 Wine Tasting

I was pleased to receive this sample as I’ve read plenty about Alex Retief, but despite Canberra being one of my favourites local regions I hadn’t yet gotten the chance to try anything from this winery. The Sauvignon blanc fruit was sourced equally from the Revee Estate vineyard in Tumbarumba and from the Ravensworth vineyard […]

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Guillaume at Bennelong – Impressive food and great wines

Date: Fri, Aug 16, 2013 Wine Tasting

Last weekend I had dinner with friends at the soon to be closed Guillaume at Bennelong. I hadn’t been to Guillaume previously, so when this dinner came up I was super keen as I probably wouldn’t have another chance at its current location. Some brief comments on the restaurant – the food was very impressive, […]

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A stunning array of wines at Tetsuya’s – Jayer, DRC, Rousseau, Chave, Raveneau, Harlan, Haut-Brion and more

Date: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 Wine Tasting

Five years ago our group had the opportunity to buy a bottle of 1993 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux with excellent provenance from a local source, we split the bottle 8 ways and have been waiting for an appropriate time to open it since. Earlier this year we decided that 20 years from vintage was as [...]

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Hunter Valley Trip – Highlights and Impressions

Date: Wed, Jun 19, 2013 Wine Tasting

A recent long weekend provided an overdue opportunity to spend some time tasting in the Hunter Valley. I’ll just give some general impressions on some of my favourite wines as I was writing quick notes rather than any great detail. There are plenty more brief notes on Cellartracker for the wines I didn’t include in [...]

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Grampians Shiraz Double Vertical Showdown – Seppelt St Peters and Mount Langi Ghiran

Date: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 Wine Tasting

I organised a tasting recently with the intent to compare two top-tier Australian cooler climate Shiraz, both from the Grampians region in Victoria (plus a few ring-ins, here and there). The Seppelt St Peters Shiraz was originally released as Seppelt Great Western Hermitage in 1964 (winning the Jimmy Watson trophy in 1965, a prestigious award, [...]

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Rare Burgundy Dinner – 1919, 1923, 1928, 1929, 1937, 1947 and more!

Date: Tue, May 21, 2013 Wine Tasting

An amazing night two weekends ago as we gathered at Marque restaurant in Sydney, Australia for a Burgundy themed event, organised by a friend as part of his RareWineDinners business. The attendees included some familiar local faces as well as people that had flown in from Adelaide, Tasmania and even San Francisco! I can happily [...]

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Current release Torbreck tasting notes including Les Amis, Factor, Run Rig and Laird

Date: Thu, May 9, 2013 Wine Tasting

I recently attended this new release tasting for Torbreck at North Sydney Cellars. I am generally a fan of David Powell’s wines, but one of the big surprises for me on the night was the quality of the two white wines on offer, as I have previously either disliked or been very underwhelmed by the [...]

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A few interesting wines including Bollinger, Lafite, Huet, Ramonet, Screaming Eagle and more

Date: Wed, May 8, 2013 Wine Tasting

Just some quick TNs on a great set of wines with a few friends over dinner. I haven’t had a Screaming Eagle before, I have to assume very few end up in Australia, so it was a privilege to try one. 2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année – France, Champagne Toast, talc, apple and lemon [...]

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White Burgundy Event Tasting Notes

Date: Thu, Apr 25, 2013 Wine Tasting

Not much preamble to this one, this was a great tasting hosted by a friend recently. All the white burgundy were served blind and provided by our host and one guest. After that it was on to the various “backup” bottles, they were a mix of blind and not and brought along by the various [...]

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Joh. Jos. Prüm – Tasting the 2011 range

Date: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 Wine Tasting

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Last Thursday I headed into the recently opened QT Sydney Hotel and its Gowings Bar & Grill in order to attend the annual Joh. Jos. Prüm frühstück, a breakfast tasting hosted by the Australian wine importer Bibendum. On this occasion the wines tasted were from 2011, a year in which the winery celebrates its 100th [...]

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Dinner with Californian Cult and Highly Regarded Wines

Date: Wed, Apr 3, 2013 Wine Tasting

US wine is not something that we get a huge amount of exposure to in Australia, probably at least partially due to the prices for the wines ending up sky high by the time shipping and taxes (in the region of 40%) are applied, so whenever I get a chance to try some I am [...]

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Comment on German Riesling Dinner : 1959-1988 by Cam Wheeler

Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 Wine Tasting

Thanks David. It was spectacular and well worth the points!

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