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Through A Sparkling Glass … in America

Through A Sparkling Glass … in America

I am delighted to announce that Through A Sparkling Glass An A-Z to the Wonderland of Wine, is now available in America. … more 

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Autumnal Reds

Autumnal Reds

Too often we think of red wines as being heady and heavy with depths like the abyss … … more 

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Everything’s coming up Rosés

Everything’s coming up Rosés

Rosé, that pink wine made from red grapes, is one the vinous worlds most thirst slaking and refreshing wines. … more 

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Tasmanian Wine

Tasmanian Wine

It is not easy to pinpoint when Tasmania’s wine industry started. Of course there were the explorers who brought European ideas of agriculture and ownership, and in so doing, irrevocably changing the life and landscape of Tasmania forever. … more 

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Wine Communicators of Australia Awards

Wine Communicators of Australia Awards

Hello. I am very pleased to announce that my book, Through A Sparkling Glass, An A-Z of the Wonderland of Wine, was awarded Best Wine Publication at the Wine Communicators of Australia awards. In addition, I was awarded the overall accolade of Wine Communicator of the Year. … more 

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Meeting Your Heroes

Meeting Your Heroes

They say you should never meet your heroes. They’re human. They have moods. They’re not the character in the movie. They’re just people too, you know. … more 

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Drinking Well

Drinking Well

In wine circles, we talk a lot about what qualities make a good wine. More recently, I have wondered what qualities make a good wine drinker? Writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Tis the good reader that makes the good book,” referring to those personal traits we bring to the object in order to better appreciate it. … more 

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Drink to Me Only at the Bendigo Writers Festival

Drink to Me Only at the Bendigo Writers Festival

Please join Max Allen and me on Sunday 11th August as part of the Bendigo Writers Festival. In our session, Drink To Me Only, Max and I will discuss my new book, wine, writing and other ideas. Presented in a Q+A format, I’m guessing it will be a bit like Parkinson or Oprah. At least that’s what I’m preparing for. … more 

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Autumnal Drinking

Autumnal Drinking

Autumn is a beautiful in-between season and a time of great transition.

It’s amidst the hottest and coldest seasons, but neither hot nor cold; it’s part of the viticultural cycle but no longer flourishing and not yet dormant. It is the change when nature prepares to shut down for the long slumber of winter. … more 

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We’re live on air

We’re live on air

Well, here we are.

My book, Through a Sparkling Glass, An A-Z of the Wonderland of Wine, is now available. … more 

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Wine Frontiers

Wine Frontiers

Frontiers come in many forms: literal, metaphorical, geographical, philosophical, technical and even personal. In winemaking, they include some very real and non-negotiable frontiers such as geology and geography, as well as some frontiers that, with the help of technology, experience … … more 

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Through A Sparkling Glass

Through A Sparkling Glass

Over the past six or so months, people often asked how the book was coming along. I always said it was coming along fine, just fine thanks. But the truth was, it didn’t always feel fine. I just didn’t really know how to explain it.

Upon reflection, writing the book reminded me of a freight train speeding along the tracks with a caboose full of chaos. … more 

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Wine Reviews

Wine Reviews

Clones, hills and volcanoes, oh my. A cluster of wines to ease you into warmer days of Spring. … more 

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Wine Reviews

Wine Reviews

Tradition and invention; From epic backstories and weather-beating miracles, to wines crafted in the Inventing Room, more wine reviews showcasing the magic and wonder of wine. … more 

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Wine Reviews

Wine Reviews

Australian Chardonnay continues its flight skyward in terms of quality and style. Much of this success comes from wines from the cooler regions of Victoria and Tasmania and is the culmination of experience, experimentation and increased knowledge of place. … more 

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A Moment In Wine

A Moment In Wine

It was 1999 and – for various reasons that I now understand to be a lifelong curiosity with things in general – I had just swapped from writing about surfing to writing about food and wine. A friend knew a winemaker called who had a winery about an hour out of Melbourne, if I wanted to have a look around. It was good timing because vintage had started and, if I was game, I could go up for a weekend and help out. Just wear something old, he said, and don’t worry, they’d show me what to do. … more 

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The Best Kept Secrets

The Best Kept Secrets

I have never been very good with secrets.

They make me feel nervous and a bit guilty which means my mind freezes and I say awkward things when the conversation strays anywhere near the topic.

I’m like one of those fainting goats that – when excited or scared – freeze, stiffen and collapse for a few seconds. Cute, but a little inconvenient.

When I was younger, it was worse … … more 

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New Ruby Press Wins

New Ruby Press Wins

Wow, that was quite a party.

Somewhat belated but delighted none the less, I am writing to let you know that New Ruby Press won Best Editorial Wine Writing award at the recent Born Digital Awards. … more 

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