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Tasting Room

24-05-2013 | Category: Whisky / Whiskey Tastings Scotland News Japan South Africa

A vast array of whisky and wine this week

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The Fog On The Vine

01-05-2013 | Category: Chile USA Tastings Opinions Chardonnay

Fog, rolling in from the Pacific, tempers the relentless sunshine of California and Chile and allows them to make elegant white wines. Clinton Cawood joins a bunch of sommeliers as they get to grips with some misty Chardonnays

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G-Day's landing

30-08-2011 | Category: Tastings Events Grenache

Second International Grenache Day to be held on 23 September

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - ZINFANDEL

01-05-2011 | Category: USA Zinfandel Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A small category, and not exactly a must-stock, but the Zins showed good typicity and matching potential for gutsy food

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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 - 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: NEW WORLD - SYRAH - SHIRAZ & GRENACHE - THE REST OF THE WORLD

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

Good wines, good prices and a variety of styles, Syrah was one of the stand-out varieties for the New World

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CABERNET SAUVIGNON - MERLOT & CABERNET FRANC - THE REST OF THE WORLD

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

More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - MALBEC

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile Red only Malbec Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A successful haul for this must-list variety, with Chile achieving a bit of a David versus Goliath giant-slaying

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CABERNET SAUVIGNON - MERLOT & CABERNET FRANC - CHILE

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile Red only Cabernet Sauvignon Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Astonishing value for money from the Chileans, as you’d expect, but not enough wines with the wow factor

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CARMENERE

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile Red only Carmenere Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

After a shocking first year in the SWAs, Carmenère found its feet with some style this year, delivering some great wines

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Australian Chardonnay masterclass

11-02-2010 | Category: Tastings White only Australia Chardonnay

Australia’s key white and red varietals have come a long way over the past 10 years, with some very definite differences from one region to the next. Chris Losh sits in and watches as a team of sommeliers learn to tell their Margaret River from their Adelaide Hills

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Chenin Blanc

03-02-2010 | Category: USA White only New Zealand South Africa Chenin Blanc Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Solid, rather than great wines, and a return to dominance for South Africa

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Chardonnay

02-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only South Africa Chardonnay Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Plenty of decent bottles and very few dogs meant that our tasters were positive about New World Chardonnay, though genuine excitement was in short supply

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Malbec

02-02-2010 | Category: Argentina Chile Red only Malbec Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

One of the stars of this year’s competition, the New World Malbec category offered value for money, consistency and a customer-friendly style of wine that should suit every kind of establishment from gastropub to white tablecloth

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