From Grafton through the Straits to China

From Grafton through the Straits to China

Grape Expectations 10 June Max Crus (Simon Hughes) At some point in the week these reviews and article will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National) Reviews for Gartelmann Diedrich Hunter Valley/Clare Shiraz 2014, $45. A friend once remarked that you wouldn’t want […]

Pernod Ricard Mezcal, tennis & grog, posh wine

Pernod Ricard Mezcal, tennis & grog, posh wine

Prickly investment A report in The New York Times 7 June says Pernod Ricard (PR) has bought a majority stake in Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Mezcal is distilled from any type of agave plant native to Mexico, unlike tequila, which comes only from blue agave. Del Maguey makes a great deal of its single-village […]

Champagne through pinot gris & beyond

Champagne through pinot gris & beyond

A mixed bunch I try to arrange tastings in groups, and when transferring the notes to publication also run a theme. But there are always wines that miss out or didn’t fit at the time, so now and then I offer a mixed bunch. Here’s one of them. Hatt et Söner Brut Champagne 2012: A […]

Congratulations weather memory lane

Congratulations weather memory lane

Congratulations and deserved Congratulations to Pete Gago for his Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours. It’s well deserved. Gago’s talent as a winemaker has been recognised with many honours; the fact he is the Grange maker is recognition and should be considered an honour in itself. His wide and deep knowledge, along […]