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EFFERVESCENT TASMANIA - PART 2

Friday, December 02, 2016

Thanks to Wine Tasmania and WBM Magazine, I spent three sensational days in Tasmania in early November tasting wines at the “Effervescence Tasmania” event – mainly their superb Sparkling wines, but also some cracker cool-climate wines as well. There are 15 Sparkling winemakers in Tassie, all of whom use the “methode tradicionale” to make their Sparkling wines. That is, there are no “gassed-up-with-CO2” sparkling wines on the island, unlike on the mainland where there are plenty of them. As described in my Blog a couple of weeks ago, the event kicked off with an amazing Asian dinner during which we tasted five premium Champagnes alongside five top Tasmanian Sparkling wines. It was truly a memorable evening, which proved that whilst the Tasmanian Sparkling wines are different in style from Champagne, they are equal in quality. Read More...

Good Day From Canberra - Riesling Central

Friday, October 21, 2016

Last Friday I was in Canberra for the Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC), which I have been writing about for Winestate Magazine, for the last three years. This was the 17th running of the CIRC, since it was started by Canberra Riesling maker and wine legend, Ken Helm AM. It has grown from being a "benchmarking" exercise for local Rieslings, to a global competition for this regal white variety. Read More...