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La Dame de Montrose 2000

A great producer and a great vintage – the was no excuse for this wine to be anything but excellent, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The wine is really showing well at the moment, with clear characters of red fruit,

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On the Christmas menu…

After a delightful aperitif of Lanson 1996 Gold Label was a great way to start the cooking for Christmas lunch today. Still fresh and bright, but with plenty of layers of yeasty, brioche and toasty almond notes to it. It

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Muscadet anyone?

This grape variety, so often associated with cheap, quaffing plonk consumed by tourists with the obligatory seafood lunch when they first land in France, actually has quite a range of character and complexity once you start to get into some

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Tim Adams, Pinot Gris 2012

I am very familiar with Tim Adams’ Riesling, so, when I spotted this Pinot Gris at the bottle shop the other night, I decided it would be worth a try – especially seeing we were heading out for some Asian

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Knights of Alba dinner at “Otto e Mezzo”

Monday 19 August saw the Knights of Alba, Asia meet at the eponymous three Michelin star Italian restaurant Otto e Mezzo in Central for our summer chapter. This is the second time we have now had our summer dinner meeting

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Dinner and Wines with Slow Food Hobart

Slow Food

The Annual General Meeting and dinner of Slow Food Hobart last night was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some great. Locally sourced Tasmanian produce, matched with Tasmanian wines. The wines were selected by Tim Goddard who runs Cool Wine in

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Rosé and Pink Grapefruit

Mixing other drinks with wine is not a new idea; wine with soda to make a spritzer has been round for decades, and then there were all those stories about the Chinese mixing Coca Cola into their top quality Bordeaux

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M. Chapoutier Domaine des Granges de Mirabel Viognier 2011

Chapoutier viognier R

One of Michel Chapoutier’s offerings from the lesser known AOC of Côteaux de l’Ardèche which is located to the west of the Rhône Valley. It is well known for the Chardonnay that is often produced here, including a common offering

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Malartic-Lagravière white 2005, guinea fowl and morel mushrooms

Malartic 2005 white

I’ve been looking for the right dish as an excuse to open this bottle of white for a while now, and when a chef friend told me the other day that he had found the first morels in the market

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Dinner and some venerable old Bordeaux

Bordeaux Reds 1978 - 1983

  At a recent dinner with Bérénice Lurton of Château Climens, co-hosted by David Wainwright of Zachy’s, we were fortunate enough to enjoy a number of great Bordeaux reds from a both the Left and Right Banks.with poached Maran’s egg,

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