Category Archives: Australia

Penfolds Shiraz Masterclass

At the end of February, The Wine Advocate, the wine magazine of Robert Parker, invited to their own wine event in London, called ”Matter of Taste”. It consisted of a sizeable walkaround tasting, in principle featuring only “RP 90+” wines, and a … Continue reading

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Mixed news including several Burgundies

A couple of weeks ago, the Stockholm branch of the wine tasting club Munskänkarna held a tasting of news in the range of the Swedish alcohol monopoly. Although I sometimes lead tastings in Munskänkarna, I was not guilty of choosing the … Continue reading

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Mixed AGM wines including four French, three Aussies, three Germans, and one Turk

Our wine tasting club AuZone recent held its annual general meeting, and tradition dictates that some liquid painkillers and some blood sugar-boosting nutrition are administered before we move on to boring stuff like audit report, budget, membership fees and so … Continue reading

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Wine tasting club dinner

Our wine tasting club AuZone always arranges a dinner towards the end of November. The number of seats is rather suitable for one magnum of each wine, so there’s usually rather many wines from that bottle format. This year we included ten wines, … Continue reading

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Chassagne- and Puligny-Montrachet tasting

A couple of weeks ago, there was a tasting in our wine tasting club AuZone on the theme of Chassagne- and Puligny-Montrachet. So we’re talking about white Burgundy from the epicentre, but this time the idea was to present wines … Continue reading

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Fine wine BYO with some interesting coincidences

Earlier this summer there was again a fine wine-oriented BYO pulled together via a forum called As usual some truly high-class wines, but unlike some of the earlier editions, Champagne made up less than half the wines, and there … Continue reading

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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

There are times when I take the good old phrase from Monty Python – “and now for something completely different” – to heart and abandon not just France but Europe and the Old World entirely, and send my palate to … Continue reading

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Henschke Masterclass at Decanter – Australian top-level Shiraz

It was quite interesting to see the themes of the six Masterclasses that were held in connection with this year’s Decanter Fine Wine Experience. Three were each devoted to one well-known Bordeaux château – Pichon Baron, Palmer and Figeac. A … Continue reading

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Grosset Polish Hill Riesling

I arranged a tasting the in the wine tasting club on the theme Grosset Polish Hill Riesling. I served five vintages of Polish Hill and one of Watervale, another Riesling from Grosset. Polish Hill, which is produced in Clare Valley … Continue reading

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Stella Bella Chardonnay 2008

Decanter magazine recently went through 116 Australian Chardonnays from 2007, 2008 and 2009, and awarded five of them a “Decanter award”. A short report on this can be read here. One of these five turned out to be available in a nearby outlet for Aussie wines at … Continue reading

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