What we drank last night – Cooks Lot 2013 Chardonnay

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It’s been a year since I visited Orange and tonight we’re opening Cooks Lot 2013 Chardonnay which was one of the acquisitions from this trip. Orange wine makers talk about elevation as an important factor in grape growing and while it isn’t the only region in Australia that puts forward elevation as one of the elements of the ‘terroir’, it is … Read More

Vines and WinesWhat we drank last night – Cooks Lot 2013 Chardonnay

Wine tour recap – 16 January 2016

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Yesterday day I had the privilege of hosting two birthday groups for a combined wine tour around Murrumbateman.  I say privilege for two reasons.  Firstly, one group was a close friend of my brother and their laughter and rosy cheeks indicated they had a good time.  Secondly, the quality of wine in the district has come so far in a … Read More

Vines and WinesWine tour recap – 16 January 2016

What we drank last night – Clonakilla 2013 O’Riada Shiraz

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Wine was almost an afterthought tonight due to the fact my favourite roast lamb dish was on the menu.  I had bashed up some rosemary, thyme and garlic and rubbed it all over the lamb, leaving it to marinade for 5-6 hrs.  Pinot Noir is a go to with lamb dishes but I thought I’d match it with Clonakilla’s 2013 … Read More

Vines and WinesWhat we drank last night – Clonakilla 2013 O’Riada Shiraz

What we drank last night – Summerhill Road 2015 Riesling

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Some months ago, I visited Summerhill Road Vineyard, just off Bungendore Road.  Elle and I are always on the lookout for new wineries to visit and we thought we’d check out what these guys have to offer. Originally owned by Nicolaas (Nico) and wife Shawn Duynhoven, there has been vines growing on this site since 1998 when it produced wine … Read More

Vines and WinesWhat we drank last night – Summerhill Road 2015 Riesling

What we drank last night – Riebke 2014 Shiraz

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I popped in to a local wine shop with the idea of bagging a big, full-bodied, fruit-driven red.  I spotted The Riebke 2014 Shiraz from Teusner in the Barossa Valley.  I chose this wine with no pre conceived ideas.  I haven’t tried wines from this vintner before.  The Teusner story is one I can relate to.  Kym Teusner and Mick … Read More

Vines and WinesWhat we drank last night – Riebke 2014 Shiraz

How did we end up so far South?

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A little while back now, Elle and I contemplated an overdue holiday. We considered the merits of re- living some of our European jaunts. “Let`s go to Croatia via London,” I shouted. “Awesome,” responded Elle with the gusto of a sleep deprived mum. As the months rolled on and sleep seemed a distant memory, these intrepid travellers revised our travel … Read More

Vines and WinesHow did we end up so far South?

What we drank last night – Knappstein 2014 Riesling

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I chose tonight’s wine knowing what was on the dinner menu. Smoked salmon fish cakes were being served up so I picked a Riesling as this wine is generally higher in acidity which will cut nicely through the oiliness of the salmon. Riesling used to be my ‘go to wine’ as far as white wine is concerned, however over the … Read More

Vines and WinesWhat we drank last night – Knappstein 2014 Riesling

What we drank last night – Affleck 2013 Chardonnay

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A few months ago, I ventured out to Bywong.  Quaint part of the world where you can hear the gentle strum of the banjo…it feels fairly removed from Canberra but really only a half hour drive although with our 12 month old daughter protesting loudly in the backseat, it felt a lot longer!  As I gritted my teeth and drove … Read More

Vines and WinesWhat we drank last night – Affleck 2013 Chardonnay

What we drank last night – Borrodell 2012 Chardonnay

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 A couple of weeks ago my wife, baby daughter and I travelled to Orange NSW, (not    Orange in Provence, France although I hope to get back there one day…) in search of  some tasty cool climate wine.  “It`s here on your door-step you muppet!”, spat the  Vino aficionado.  Well I know that and so do you but I do … Read More

Vines and WinesWhat we drank last night – Borrodell 2012 Chardonnay

What we drank last night – Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut

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It’s New Year’s Eve so of course we’re drinking champers, love Aussie sparkling but as we’re celebrating at home (while our nine month old sleeps soundly in her bed – god willing!), I decided to lash out on proper champagne. Moet & Chandon go back further than white settlement in Australia.  Claude Moet was the founder back in 1743 and … Read More

Vines and WinesWhat we drank last night – Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut