Blass in Canada, Max on rose & travel

Blass in Canada, Max on rose & travel

Postmedia Network, 14 October, Chris Waters Nine years after bringing the InterVin International Wine awards back, I’m thrilled to see how the program has become part of the fabric of Canada’s wine culture. The top-scoring red wine was the Wolf Blass 2010 Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Shiraz Barossa Valley. Full article and wine review The […]

Australian wine gaining ground (UK)

Australian wine gaining ground (UK)

The Guardian (UK), 9 October, David Williams Tim Adams Semillon, Clare Valley, Australia 2012 (£9) For all the re-organisation and changes Tesco has made to its wine range, the highlights from the tasting were three Australian whites that have been on the retailer’s books for as long as I can remember. The redoubtable family-run firm Tim Adams from […]

Max, Philip, Graeme, Simon and others

Max, Philip, Graeme, Simon and others

Indaily, 20 September, Philip White Since they were left high and dry, isolated among that suburbia, the Marion vines have had two very close shaves with developers. The owner, the local council, intended to replace them with a concrete precinct of ‘Colonel Sadness’ and ‘Golden Arches’ fat-and-sugar emporiums in the late ’80s. With the help […]

To Washington and back

To Washington and back

The Washington Post, 10 September, Dave McIntyre Tyrrell’s Wines Semillon 2015 ★ ★ 1/2 Hunter Valley, Australia, $26 Retailers and fans of Australian wines, take note: Tyrrell’s Wines are back in the United States through importer Broadbent Selections. Tyrrell’s is a stalwart of the Hunter Valley region, with a fine line up of whites and […]

From Adelaide to Toronto and back again

From Adelaide to Toronto and back again

Toronto Sun, 1 September, Christopher Waters Lindeman’s legacy of good quality wine for the masses During the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Australia, judges from the participating countries were invited to speak about older vintages of Penfolds Grange at a fundraising dinner. As the Canadian representative, my task was to introduce the 1985 vintage of […]

Wine reviews from England, USA, and domestic

Wine reviews from England, USA, and domestic

Bury Free Press, 27 August, Neil Courtier The Australian wine industry has come through a bit of a tough time. Drought conditions and over-production, haven’t helped. Reviwed: Tim Adams – Riesling 2014 Clare Valley, £9 Tesco – An Australian classic. Citrus aromatics of lime, lemon and grapefruit. The palate is dry and seamless, with moderate […]

Domestic, USA, Cambodia, Wales, reviews

Domestic, USA, Cambodia, Wales, reviews

Bloomberg, 16 August, Elin McCoy Sorry, France and Italy. The weather gods have cast their lot with Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas this year. Overall, Australia had a sensational year, especially in South Australia and the Yarra Valley. From Yarra, try Giant Steps chardonnay (US$40), Luke Lambert Nebbiolo (US$70), and Mac Forbes pinot noir (US $35). The […]

Olympic wines, sommelier wines and others

Olympic wines, sommelier wines and others

The Yorkshire Post, 6 August, Christine Austin A selection of wines to drink whilst watching the Olympics, includs All hurdle events should be accompanied by a glass of d’Arenberg’s High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (£12.95 Hic! Wine Merchants, Ledston) and this will also do for the High Jump while the Triple Jump needs a wine […]

Love’s top 100, Halliday on Penfolds & more

Love’s top 100, Halliday on Penfolds & more

The Australian, 16 July, James Halliday 2012 Penfolds The Max Schubert Commemorative Release Cabernet Shiraz  Wow. A 61/39% blend of Barossa shiraz and Coonawarra cabernet led to 1962 Bin 60A, Max Schubert’s greatest wine. This inherits Bin 60A’s regional/varietal blend, with extreme longevity and impeccable balance between fruit, oak and tannins. All it needs is […]

Halliday, Phillips, Max and more from afar

Halliday, Phillips, Max and more from afar

The Australian, 9 July, James Halliday The rise and rise in the fortunes of Casella Wines continues to defy the laws of gravity. It started with the near-accidental birth of the Yellow Tail brand in 2001 after Southcorp terminated WJ Deutsch’s distribution of Lindeman’s Bin 45 Chardonnay (the best-selling chardonnay in the US). Full article The […]

International reviews scarce home front rescue

International reviews scarce home front rescue

Grape Expectations 25 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)  Q&A with Bill Shorten. Q What’s your favourite tipple? A Everyone knows I look awkward with a beer, I’m […]

News from Canada, USA, UK and home

News from Canada, USA, UK and home

Oliver Chronicle (Canada), 10 June, Staff reporting Aspirations of a healthy fusion between agriculture and tourism seem to be a reality in the Okanagan, and in order to analyze and mimic its success, a small group of Australians were in town last week to explore some local wineries. Through the Rotary Club’s group study exchange, […]

Wine columns and reviews home and away

Wine columns and reviews home and away

Grape Expectations 4 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)  Yabby Lake Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015, $33. That sounds like a lot for a […]

News & reviews from around the world

News & reviews from around the world

Grape Expectations 28 May 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)  But there has always been one rock solid, The Big Book of Wine, the Australian and New Zealand […]

International from US & UK plus domestic news

International from US & UK plus domestic news

Brentwood Glen Wine Examiner, Los Angeles, 21 May, Cori Solomon Savour Australia, a recent Los Angeles event, sponsored by Wine Australia brought together winemakers to showcase the expansive diversification, growth and development that is occurring in the various Australian wine regions. Full article JR Website, 21 May, Jancis Robinson I was keen to sample as many of them […]

Reviews from USA, NZ, Cambodia and more

Reviews from USA, NZ, Cambodia and more

Chicago Tribune, 27 April, Michael Austin 2002 Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz, Yarra Valley, Australia: This wine has an Old World taste to it, reminiscent of a grenache-based wine from the Rhone Valley of France. The beautifully aged, earthy red fruit flavors will offer a mellow and warm backdrop to the umami notes in this dish […]

Articles and reviews from around the country

Articles and reviews from around the country

Grape Expectations 2 April 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)  Mount Trio Vineyard (Porongorup WA) Shiraz, 2014, $22. Mount Trio is a gormless name for a mountain, but such […]

Illinois Sydney Tasmania Grafton

Illinois Sydney Tasmania Grafton

Daily Chronicle [Illinois] 2 April 2016 James Nokes In both the style of the wine and the visual presentation on the label and website, the southeast Australian red is outsized. Winemaker Steve Roden has taken a ripe Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend and packed it full of fruit and spice flavors. An edgy label featured distressed images […]

Reviews, Articles from Home & Around the Planet

Reviews, Articles from Home & Around the Planet

Grape Expectations, 26 March: Writer: Max Crus (Simon Hughes) At some point in the week these reviews and article  will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), The Northern Star (Lismore), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National), Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National) and The Daily Advertiser, (Wagga Wagga) Hillcrest Premium Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2013, $70. […]