Peter John : A.P. JOHN Coopers, Barossa Valley

Peter John : A.P. JOHN Coopers, Barossa Valley

If you have ever had a tour of Penfolds Magill Estate Cellars, you would have noticed Grange and St Henri are matured in different sized barrels. In Champagne earlier this year I noticed at Lanson the amount of wood they used to mature the Champagne. I was not so aware of Champagne…
Kerri Thompson : Wines by KT, Clare Valley

Kerri Thompson : Wines by KT, Clare Valley

Riesling is one of my favourite white wines, especially those from the Clare and Eden Valleys. Both regions have remarkable diversity even within small geographic regions. Kerri Thompson is very committed to riesling and makes some amazing styles with fruit from two small vineyards in Watervale. She has just celebrated…
Dr Robert DeBellevue M.D. : New Orleans

Dr Robert DeBellevue M.D. : New Orleans

The year that I photographed ‘A Year in the Life of Grange’ was 2012. The 2012 vintage has just been released and the reviews are fantastic. One hundred points from Andrew Caillard MW  (Langtons) and many more around this mark. Grange is undoubtably Australia’s most famous wine. Penfolds work very hard…
Andrew Thomas : Thomas Wines, Hunter Valley

Andrew Thomas : Thomas Wines, Hunter Valley

Andrew Thomas grew up in McLaren Vale but has been making wine in the Hunter Valley for 30 years. I remember being a young press photographer working on The Australian in Sydney in the early 70’s and thinking, the only red wine was big full bodied McLaren Vale or Barossa…
David Lloyd : Eldridge Estate of Red Hill

David Lloyd : Eldridge Estate of Red Hill

I was in Melbourne setting up for an exhibition of work from the Grange book in February 2015. Luckily for me the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration was also on that week. I’d heard about the event and decided to shout myself a late Christmas present. I have been to a…
Michael Downer : Murdoch Hill, Adelaide Hills

Michael Downer : Murdoch Hill, Adelaide Hills

At the recent ‘Young Gun of Wine’ Awards, Michael Downer from the Adelaide Hills winery ‘Murdoch Hill’ was awarded The “Ocean Eight” Winemaker’s Choice. The winemaker’s choice is selected by all the finalists. Being selected by your peers is probably the most sought after honour in any industry – Michael…
Bruce Tyrrell : Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley

Bruce Tyrrell : Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley

One of my favourite white wines is Tyrrells Vat 1 semillon. First tried it in the mid 90’s. We had driven up to Sydney with a box of wine for a celebration dinner with friends at Tetsuya’s. The day of the dinner we realised we had only South Aussie reds…
Bernadette Kaeding : Red Art Wines, Barossa Valley

Bernadette Kaeding : Red Art Wines, Barossa Valley

I have always thought photography and winemaking had a lot in common. You need a lot of technical knowledge, but also a passion to create something unique. At a certain level both are a bit like an art or a craft. Winemaker Kevin Judd in New Zealand combines the two…
John Vickery : Riesling meister.

John Vickery : Riesling meister.

In her 2003 ‘The Age’ article on Australia’s finest winemakers Jeni  Port asked 50 Australian winemakers, educators, wine buyers and sommeliers to name their top three living wine makers. The voting was very close – only a few votes separated the top three winemakers, John Vickery, Rick Kinzbrunner and Brian…
Viv Thomson : Best’s Great Western

Viv Thomson : Best’s Great Western

You often hear people mention wines that are very special to them. They are often not the greatest wines they have ever had, but special because of who they were with and where they were when they shared them. One such wine for me is the 1985 Seppelts Great Western…
Hiro Kusuda : Kusuda Wines Martinborough.

Hiro Kusuda : Kusuda Wines Martinborough.

In our last interview Emmanuelle Bekkers said that one of the reasons she made wine at Yangarra was the sorting table. Hiro Kusuda takes sorting to a new level, he berry sorts. A day’s hand picking takes another 3 days to pick out the bad berries . I first came…
Emmanuelle Bekkers : Bekkers Wine McLaren Vale

Emmanuelle Bekkers : Bekkers Wine McLaren Vale

I often get emails from followers of our web site suggesting someone I should interview. One sometime ago was from a friend Michael Steele who suggested Emmanuelle Bekkers, from Bekkers Wines at McLaren Vale. I had heard of Emma and knew she came from France, but I did not know…
Julian Castagna : Castagna Wines Beechworth

Julian Castagna : Castagna Wines Beechworth

Whenever we travel overseas, we always take along wine for our family and friends. We usually take Australian sparkling shiraz, as you don’t see it much in other countries. This year we took along Castagna Sparking Genesis Syrah, made by Julian Castagna. It’s one of our favourite sparklers. Julian had been been…
Tim Johnston : Juveniles Wine Bar, Paris

Tim Johnston : Juveniles Wine Bar, Paris

We were at Joe’s Cafe at Henley Beach earlier in the year. Joe’s is a ten minute drive out of the Adelaide CBD and  our absolute favourite place for an after walk or swim coffee. That morning we bumped into Hazel Murphy and Annie Knappstein. Hazel was the Australian Wine…
Robert Hill Smith : Yalumba

Robert Hill Smith : Yalumba

Great news!  Wine Ten Questions has a new sponsor and over two thousand subscribers.  Wine Australia like what we are doing and have come on board as a sponsor.  We are extremely appreciative of the support from all our sponsors. The sponsorships mean that the site will be able to…
Michael Twelftree : Two Hands Wines

Michael Twelftree : Two Hands Wines

In the last interview Dr Liz Thach commented on a few things Australian winemakers might consider when exporting to the USA. One of the things Liz mentioned was ‘Old Vine Grenache’, a favourite of Michael Twelftree, who runs Two Hands Wines in the Barossa Valley. The winery exports over 30%…
Dr Liz Thach MW : Sonoma State University

Dr Liz Thach MW : Sonoma State University

I attended the Wine Industry Marketing Conference at Uni SA late last month. Even though I don’t produce, market or sell wine, I’ve had a long time interest in the world of wine. I found the day extremely interesting. One of the sessions I found fascinating was Dr Liz Thach’s.…
Bill Chambers OAM : Chambers Rosewood

Bill Chambers OAM : Chambers Rosewood

Phillip White finished his recent  Drinkster  ‘EXMESS REFRESHMENTS’    guide with the following review… Now for some real torture. Forget the Exmess pudding. You can drink it. It’s called Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Rare Muscat ($350-$400 for .375 ml., 18% alcohol; screw cap). It’ll change your brain forever. It’s prickly to sniff:…
Larry McKenna : Escarpment Vineyard

Larry McKenna : Escarpment Vineyard

Martinborough’s about an hours drive North of Wellington. I first went there in the early 90s, it’s become one of my favourite areas for Pinot Noir. Larry McKenna’s wine impressed me from day one. Larry has been referred to by various wine writers and authorities as everything from the ‘Prince of Pinot’…
Dr Irina Santiago-Brown : Inkwell Wines

Dr Irina Santiago-Brown : Inkwell Wines

The first Q&A for the year is one of the most fascinating and inspiring stories I have come across in many years. In 2009 Irina Santiago Brown was the special adviser in international relations and foreign investment to the Governor of the Brazilian State of Bahia, a state of over…
Peter Fraser : Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale.

Peter Fraser : Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale.

Most Saturdays when I can get there, you’ll find me at lunch at ‘T Chow’ in Adelaide’s China Town. We call it Saturday Table. No rules, just come along with an interesting wine and a smile. The ‘Table’ as we call it has been meeting for over 25 years, every…
Phil Lehmann : Winemaker WD Wines

Phil Lehmann : Winemaker WD Wines

Summers here, and summer makes me think of Riesling. Last summer a mate of mine, Chris Waterman gave me a bottle of  ‘Rizza’. “New label old name, looks like the Riesling King, John Vickery’s back in business’ he said. The wine was good, but what intrigued me was the back…
James Halliday : Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday : Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday’s ‘Top 100 wines’ were released recently. In a covering piece on this years list he made comment on the quality of today wines compared to that of 30 to 40 years ago. ” I have had the privilege of tasting today’s 40-year-old wines since they were newly bottled.…
Denis Horgan :  Leeuwin Estate

Denis Horgan : Leeuwin Estate

A few years ago we were at  friends Marty and Emma Ewer’s house. Marty has a great cellar, and came up with a bottle of Chardonnay. “I hear you have developed quite an interest in White Burgundy, try this” he says, not telling me what it was. I thought at…
Don Oliver : Viticulturist

Don Oliver : Viticulturist

I am often reminded of the phrase ‘good wine starts in the vineyard’. One of the things I learnt when working on the Grange Book was that inclusion in the Grange growers ‘club’ is a highly sought after accolade, even by growers with their own wineries. During the 2012 vintage…
Michael Brajkovich MW : Adelaide Wine Show

Michael Brajkovich MW : Adelaide Wine Show

In an interview early this year, when I asked Chris Carpenter, Kendall Jackson winemaker both here and in the US, what the main differences were between wine drinkers here or in the US, he replied “The big difference is not so much in what wine people are drinking –  it is how people…
Mathias Camilleri : Chaîne Young Sommelier 2015

Mathias Camilleri : Chaîne Young Sommelier 2015

Adelaide recently hosted Les Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, ‘Concours International des Jeunes’ (International Young Sommelier Awards) for 2015. Mathias Camilleri a 27 year old Frenchman working at London’s Medlar Restaurant won the award from a field of 14 from as many countries. Heidi Mäkinen from Restaurant C in Tampere, Finland was the runner…
Ian Hickinbotham : Man of Wine

Ian Hickinbotham : Man of Wine

Ian Hickinbotham’s name was one which kept popping up in emails suggesting wine people for this blog. I caught up with Ian recently, he’s quite a man of wine. To quote from Max Allen’s 2012 piece in The Australian (1), “To understand what was so important and influential in what Hickinbotham…
Anthony Rose : UK Wine writer.

Anthony Rose : UK Wine writer.

When I started this series I always intended to include wine people I met along the way not only here in Australia but overseas as well. I first met Anthony Rose at a ‘Penfolds Rewards of Patience’ tasting in Adelaide in 1999. I was one of the photographers, Charmaine Grieger…
Bill Pannell : Picardy Wines

Bill Pannell : Picardy Wines

The first Australian Pinot I really enjoyed was a 1985 Moss Wood at Nediz Tu, one of Adelaide’s leading restaurants in the early 90s. Up until I met Bill Pannell, I always thought he’d made it. Seems he had left Moss Wood before 1985 and it was made by Keith…