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07-02-2014 | Category: Austria Rhone Tastings Opinions Wines New Zealand News Champagne Japan

Tis the season for wine tastings. Our favourite wines this week.

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Tasting Room

03-02-2014 | Category: Tastings Events Wines Australia News

Our picks from the recent Australia Day Tasting

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24-01-2014 | Category: France Argentina Chile Tastings Wines New Zealand

The best of this week's New Zealand and Liberty Wine annual tastings

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Wines to dine for

09-01-2014 | Category: Tastings Matching Events Wines Australia News

New food pairing initiative for Australia's annual tasting

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Tasting & Matching: New Zealand Pinot Noir

01-09-2013 | Category: Tastings Matching Red only New Zealand News

In recent years The Kiwis have been doing some great things with Burgundy’s red grape, managing to achieve distinct regionality and food-friendliness, not to mention some decidedly Burgundian price points. Clinton Cawood headed south – to London’s Olympia – with 50 Pinot Noirs and an eager panel of sommeliers

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New Zealand Pinot Noir Conference

01-05-2013 | Category: Tastings Events New Zealand News

For four days every three years, the world’s Pinot-lovers gather in New Zealand to see how the country is progressing with its main red grape. This year, Angela Reddin joined them

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Tasting Room

19-04-2013 | Category: France Italy Spain Tastings Opinions Wines Australia New Zealand News

Some top-notch bottles from Carte Blanche Wines

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Mornington or Meursault?

01-09-2012 | Category: Burgundy Tastings Wines Australia News

10 years ago, you could tell an Aussie Chardonnay from a Burgundy at 20 paces, but nowadays, with much more linear wines from Down Under it’s not so easy. Clinton Cawood mixes things up and asks a team of trembling tasters for their thoughts

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Red Heat

01-11-2011 | Category: Tastings Wines New Zealand

In New Zealand’s warmer North Island, there is a growing feeling that the best reds are being made not with Cabernet and Merlot, but Syrah. Rebecca Gibb heads to Hawke’s Bay and discovers a battle between winemaking idealism and hard-nosed pragmatism

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - OTHER REDS

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile Red only Australia South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Not a vast amount in the way of bargains, but there were some decent, unusual wines here, proving that the New World still knows how to innovate

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SYRAH - SHIRAZ & GRENACHE - AUSTRALIA

01-05-2011 | Category: Red only Australia Grenache Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Aussie Shiraz is rarely cheap now, but a growing elegance saw a big rise in medals this year – and a lot of happy tasters

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SAUVIGNON BLANC

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile White only New Zealand South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Some good-value wines but the relatively low ratio of entries to medals suggests a lot of bandwagon-jumping, too

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CHARDONNAY

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile USA White only Australia New Zealand South Africa Chardonnay Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Plenty of medals again for Chile, although the judges were most impressed stylistically with Australia and South Africa

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SWA 2011: ROSE

01-05-2011 | Category: France Spain Australia Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

While the kick-out rate was high, the wines left at the end served as a blunt reminder to sub-standard also-rans of just how good the pink stuff can be

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