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Drew Noon MW : Noon Winery

Drew Noon MW : Noon Winery

Nick Ryan described the masterclass featuring two of Australia’s most reclusive but collectable winemakers, Chris Ringland and Drew Noon, as evidence of the bespoke nature of Tasting Australia’s wine master classes. I attended a few of the ‘East End Cellars’ master classes, enjoyed them all but for me the Ringland…
Charlie Seppelt : Adelaide Wine Show panel chair

Charlie Seppelt : Adelaide Wine Show panel chair

The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is one of the oldest wine shows in Australia, the 140th was judged recently. Andrew Hardy is committee chair and from over the ditch Michael Brajkovich the Chair of Judges. They are supported by six panel chairs, twelve judges including International judge Yoshiji Sato plus ten associate judges. In…
Dave Gartelmann : Master Viniculturer

Dave Gartelmann : Master Viniculturer

In his piece on the recent sale of Mclaren Vale vineyard ’Connor’s Farm’ entitled ‘Best geologies getting record prices’, Philip White referred to the vineyard being tended by master viniculturer, David Gartelmann. A week or so later at a Hickinbotham Wines tasting at Edinburgh Cellars, winemaker Chris Carpenter commented on the…
Ed Carr : House of Arras

Ed Carr : House of Arras

Ed Carr is widely regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent sparkling winemaker. His winemaking career spans over thirty-five years, the last twenty-three with Hardys (now Accolade), where he is the chief Sparkling winemaker looking after Arras, and many other brands such as Bay of Fires, Yarra Burn and Hardys’ Sir James. Australian…
Rob Mack : Aphelion Wine Company

Rob Mack : Aphelion Wine Company

In an earlier interview Dr Liz Thach MW suggested the Australian wine trade would do well to focus on ‘Old Vine Grenache’ in promoting Australian wine in the US. At a recent Grenache tasting of our wine group ’The Old Duffers’ we looked at some of Michael Twelftree’s Grenache and…
d’Arry Osborn OAM : d’Arenberg Wines

d’Arry Osborn OAM : d’Arenberg Wines

In the early 70’s a flagon of ‘Red Stripe’ was the wine I took along to a party. If it was dinner it was a bottle of Wynn’s Oven’s Valley Burgundy. We didn’t know ‘Red Stripe’ as d’Arenberg, or that d’Arry Osborn had created it. We just called it ’Red…
Brian Walsh : Wine Australia chairman.

Brian Walsh : Wine Australia chairman.

Photography is an interesting game to be in.  It’s not always the best photograph that’s the most important. For many years Brian Croser commissioned me to shoot a simple vintage group at Petaluma. I shot some significant landscapes, but in a funny way I’m sure these yearly group shots were…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Chris Carpenter  :  Hickinbotham

Chris Carpenter : Hickinbotham

I first met Chris Carpenter during the 2014 vintage. New Orleans wine collector Dr Bob DeBellevue was in town. Dr Bob had showed me around New Orleans when I was working on the Grange book. I was returning the favor and showing him around Adelaide and McLaren Vale. We called…
Corrina Wright  :  Oliver’s Taranga

Corrina Wright : Oliver’s Taranga

I first met Corrina in 2007, she was organising a library shoot for me in McLaren Vale. She’s sixth generation McLaren Vale. The next time we met was five years later at the Grange Growers’ lunch. It was December 14th, 2012, and I was taking the final shot for the Grange Book.…