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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…
Vanya Cullen : Cullen Wines

Vanya Cullen : Cullen Wines

When I started this project, a number of people emailed with suggestions of people I should interview. Vanya Cullen featured on many of the suggested lists.  I had enjoyed Cullen wines, but had  never met Vanya. I thought next time I was in WA, I’d call her and see if…
Churchward Bottling Club

Churchward Bottling Club

CHURCHWARD Bottling Club : Celebrates 50 Years. When I started ‘People of  Wine : Ten Questions’, I always planned to include an occasional post on any wine events I was involved in and/or attended. One such event was the 50 year celebration of the wine bottling club ‘CHURCHWARD’. Some weeks…
Kate Laurie : Deviation Road

Kate Laurie : Deviation Road

On any special occasion in our house, our go to ‘Aussie Sparklers’  are either Arras ‘Grand Vintage’ or Deviation Rd ‘Beltana Blanc de Blancs’. My partner in life Anne Marie belongs to quite a serious Champagne group, expertly organised by the inimitable Kaaren Palmer, Champagne editor for Galaxy Guides. When Kaaren was away on a recent…
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.…
Bob McLean : Barossa legend

Bob McLean : Barossa legend

“This dyin’ business is fuckin’ killin’ me …” These were the last words Big Bob said to me when I called in on him and Wilma on April 1st this year, just three days before we left for five weeks overseas. I’m sure glad I phoned him a few days…
John Bird  :  Penfolds

John Bird : Penfolds

John Bird or Birdy as he’s commonly known, has completed 56 vintages with Penfolds. He’s a real link with the original ‘Schubert and Penfold-Hyland ‘styles. I first met John in the mid to late 90’s, then again in 2012  while working on the Grange book. I wanted to interview him…