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On wine, music and tasting with all your senses

On wine, music and tasting with all your senses

Just as wine without aromas is a rather dull drink, life without our senses engaged is much the same experience. As I sipped wine and listened to a wind trio play music paired to the offering it occurred to me that somewhere on our path to sensory enlightenment, we stopped tasting with all our senses. … more 

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Wine as Company

Wine as Company

Occasionally I find drinking wine to be a perfectly good substitute for the company of people. I am aware this sounds dangerously close to both addiction and conceit and may well be too early in this new column of mine to make such a revelation, but few could deny that drinking great wine alone is better than enduring bad company. Good wine wins, every time.
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Table Talk

Table Talk

Two benefits of eating alone while travelling are that the tout selling single-stemmed red roses doesn’t come near you, and you get to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations. … more 

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On Wine and Walking

On Wine and Walking

I do hope that all roads lead to the top of the mountain, even the ones that meander through wine country. I try to walk around vineyards as often as I can, but as natural an activity as it may seem in the surroundings, it is not done as readily as you might think. To me, visiting vineyards only to gather information is like visiting rose gardens to learn only how to prune. … more 

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When Wine Stops Words

When Wine Stops Words

I cannot drink wine while writing and write anything worth reading. This feels like an appalling oversight from whoever assigned my passions and interests. Many wine writers revel in the consumption of wine while writing. The great gastronomical littérateurs had a down right orgy in it. … more 

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Wine and a Movie

Wine and a Movie

Describing what happens in a movie when you watch it is easier than describing what happens in a wine when you drink it.
I contemplated this the other night as I sipped this lovely chardonnay. I thoroughly enjoyed this wine and thought you should know about it but I wondered how I might describe this very chardonnay, rather than describing any beautiful chardonnay. Unlike happy families, beautiful wines are not all alike. … more 

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Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch

Inside, away from the spring drizzle, the restaurant was cosy and warm. Dark wooden tables were set for service, and hundreds of empty wine bottles lined floating shelves and sat nestled in nooks. Each bottle was showcased, like a trophy for a wine moment well lived … … more 

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Thinking and Drinking at the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival

Thinking and Drinking at the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival

I am both excited and delighted to be part of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. The line up includes literary luminaries and wunderkinds such as Sir Salman Rushdie, Dave Eggers, Ruth Reichl, Emily Nussbaum and Helen Garner. … more 

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Profile: Fred Dame

Profile: Fred Dame

“If you’re looking for a teacher to hug and kiss you and tell you you’re wonderful, I am the wrong guy. But if you want to succeed, then we have something to talk about.” … more 

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Explorers and Dreamers

Explorers and Dreamers

The world of wine exists because of the many viticultural adventurers, explorers, innovators and dreamers; those men and women who were courageous enough to grow where others feared to plant. … more 

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May Days

May Days

In Australia, happiness is delivered in degrees. It’s been a late and warm autumn here and according to social media people #love it. Photos and exultations are popping up regularly about the winter we’re not having. Not just a phenomenon on social media, it’s true. … more 

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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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