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These 3 superb Italian wines will be the highlight of your isolation

Italy. Oh, Italy. We go back a long way, don’t we? As anyone with even a passing knowledge of Australian history knows, Italy’s contribution to our gastronomic culture dates back to the first waves of immigration in the 1950s and ‘60s. Without that? Well, it’s hard to contemplate life without […]
These 3 superb Italian wines will be the highlight of your isolation
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I tried the best wines from Australia’s big 4 grocery retailers — and there’s weren’t as many good ones as I expected

The pitched battle between the major grocery retailers finds no respite in their respective liquor departments. The two superpowers, Coles and Woolworths, with their vast ranges and multitudinous outlets bearing various monikers, have in more recent times been engaged in focused skirmishes by the guerrilla warriors Aldi and Costco. As […]
I tried the best wines from Australia’s big 4 grocery retailers — and there’s weren’t as many good ones as I expected
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Why New Zealand makes some of the best pinot noir wines in the world

Continuing our weekend celebration of International Pinot Day on Saturday – yesterday I singled out two of the best from Tasmania, and on Friday, two great value French Burgundies, today we turn our attention to New Zealand. The most famous pinot region is Central Otago, between Queenstown and Middle-earth (the […]
Why New Zealand makes some of the best pinot noir wines in the world
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Two of the best French Burgundies on a budget

For those (few) diehard followers of this writer, it’s self-evident that I don’t need much of an excuse to write about pinot noir. So ’twas a happy household moment when I stumbled across a “wine-day” calendar and noted International Pinot Noir day looming large on August 18. How could I […]
Two of the best French Burgundies on a budget
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DATE NIGHT: 13 wines that add romance to your life

In times past, it was pretty easy for an aspiring suitor to establish their culinary cred: simply take one’s Valentine down the road for the local version of surf ‘n’ turf and order a bottle of Lancers or Blue Nun to wash it down. Job done. How times have changed. […]
DATE NIGHT: 13 wines that add romance to your life
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The best wines to buy for Christmas in Australia

Selecting wines to accompany Christmas repasts can be extremely challenging. Inevitably, the cellarmaster must successfully cater to a diverse range of tastes, appreciation levels and budgets. No mean feat when providing for larger groups of family and friends. The festivities dictate that the wines served shouldn’t be pontificated about and […]
The best wines to buy for Christmas in Australia
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Why duck and pinot noir is one of the world’s greatest wine matches

Sometimes I question my equilibrium when I’m still celebrating the magnificent Richmond AFL grand final victory when the third Ashes test is already underway. Really, this is Cricket time and its legendary partnerships such as Lindwall & Miller, Lillee & Thomson, Bradman & Ponsford, and Hayden & Langer. However I […]
Why duck and pinot noir is one of the world’s greatest wine matches
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4 red Burgundies you can enjoy without spending a fortune

When one metaphorically travels to Burgundy, it’s best to pack a sense of humour. All too often, the disappointment experienced of bang delivered for bucks expended is frankly, very high. This is especially so with the most humble and affordable of the Burgundian appellations Bourgogne A.C. A lot (most?) of […]
4 red Burgundies you can enjoy without spending a fortune