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An Australian First Family d’Arenberg

With Australia Day upon us, I thought it was time to revisit one of the first wineries I visited after I moved to Melbourne. Back then, the Yarra Valley was nothing more than a tourist trap to me, and the … Continue reading

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Zind-Humbrecht 2014 Pinot Gris, Riesling (Alsace)

After hail effectively ruined the growing season for much of France in 2013, the climate gods dealt a kinder¬†hand in 2014.¬†In Alsace, it was a vintage for classic dry white wines. The winter was mild and some growers really hoped … Continue reading

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Seppelt St Peters Shiraz 2006

I read this article about it being the 150th anniversary of Seppelt and the 50th release of the iconic St Peters shiraz which provided me incentive to see how the 2006 vintage had developed in bottle. Seppelt is located in … Continue reading

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Roger Pike’s Marius 2014 releases

It takes a good effort to get me posting again, and that was delivered last week in a brown paper carton. Roger Pike has a strong following through the mailing list, and the wines have been selling out quickly in … Continue reading

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The Dogs, New Town, Edinburgh

This was my second attempt at dining at The Dogs. The first, a couple years ago, was an unfetted failure with no prior reservation for a 10pm dinner. I had heard about this no nonsense clear cut cooking restaurant that … Continue reading

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