Nov
14

Tyrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 1998

This wine is a perfect example of why the history of broad branding for Australian wines has fallen flat of late and hidden some of the great gems of the

Oct
12

E&E Black Pepper Sparkling Shiraz 2004

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most challenging meals to pair effectively with wine given the myriad flavours and textures on offer at a traditional banquet. Sweet and tart cranberry

Oct
2

Grosset Watervale Riesling 2006

Grosset is perhaps my favourite New World producer of riesling. Whereas German rieslings tend to be off-dry (even many of the trockens) and Austrian rieslings, while dry, are more mineral

Aug
13

Philip Shaw No. 89 Shiraz Viognier 2004

Shiraz Viogniers are all the rage in Australia right now – but not too many of them are grown and produced in Orange, New South Wales like this wine. Distributed

Jul
19

John Glaetzer ‘John’s Blend’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

You don’t see too many wines from the Langhorne Creek region of Southern Australia over here in Canada, but I find myself often impressed with the lesser known regions. That

Jul
10

Grosset Semillion / Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Grosset is so consistent in creating fresh, lively, and complete wines that they have become my favourite producer of white wine from Australia, from their rieslings to this excellent Bordeaux

Jun
24

Petaluma Shiraz 2006

I have generally enjoyed the wines from Petaluma, being particularly impressed by their Coonawara red blend. This shiraz is certainly not your typical Aussie fruit bomb. The nose on this

May
8

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 1998

The second of two aged Australian chardonnays I managed to get my hands on, this actually turned out a lot better than the Penfolds Yattarna, which is interesting given that

May
4

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 1995

Yet another vintage acquisition for me here in California, I was pretty darn excited to open this 14 year old chardonnay with a reputation as being one of the best

Apr
14

Mini Vertical: Peter Lehmann The Mentor

It seems as though great deals abound here in California since I was able to score two vintage bottles of Lehmann’s Barossa Bordeaux blend “The Mentor” for a pretty fantastic