Wine trade

Philip White : Wine Writer

Philip White : Wine Writer

Philip White : Wine writer. Stephen Pannell,  our last interviewee,  reckons “If you ask most winemakers who is the best wine writer in Australia, the answer is Philip White ” Philip was diagnosed with cancer late last year. He’s had major surgery,  is currently having more radiotherapy and about to…
Dheeraj Bhatia : Head Sommelier Est Sydney

Dheeraj Bhatia : Head Sommelier Est Sydney

I first met Bhatia at our friends Kaaren and Kevin Palmer’s home in late 2016. Kaaren had recently published her award winning book ‘Champagne a Tasting Journey‘. Bhatia was then the head Sommelier at the Penfolds Magill Estate restaurant and was doing some research into Growers Champagne. He went on to…
Tamara Grischy : Langton’s Head of Auctions

Tamara Grischy : Langton’s Head of Auctions

Langton has recently launched it’s seventh Classification of Australian Wine. The classification has been around for 30 years, and Langton’s Head of Auctions, Tamara Grischy, has been involved with it for the last 20. Tamara lives in the Macedon Ranges, a cool to cold wine region about an hours drive north from Melbourne.…
Kim West  : Melbourne Radio Wine Host

Kim West : Melbourne Radio Wine Host

One of my favourite shots in the Grange Book is of Kim West trying to give a thank you speech at the 50th anniversary dinner of the Mirrabooka Beefsteak and Burgundy club. It was at Jacques Reymond’s restaurant in Melbourne. Westy was doing his best to thank everyone. Right in…
Patrick Haddock : Reserve Wine Bar

Patrick Haddock : Reserve Wine Bar

Sommeliers or ‘Somms’ get plenty of comments in the wine press. Wine writer Jeni Port emailed me one day saying “I love your series, particularly the interview with Irina”, at the time she suggested that if I were ever in Newcastle, I should call in on Patrick Haddock at the…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…