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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
New Ruby Press is a blog about wine. Well, wine and people, culture and place, but mostly about wine. By Andrea Frost.