Dan's Blog


Friday, April 17, 2020

The first time I was aware that I was drinking a wine from the Clare Valley was in 1986 when my great mate, PK, brought a bottle of 1971 Seven Hills wine over for dinner one night – I think it was designated as “Claret” or maybe “Dry Red”.  It was in fact the last vintage made by, Brother John Hanlon, before he passed away on the job and was succeeded by, Brother John May, who was the seventh winemaker for the order since they arrived there in 1851. I loved the wine, despite being very old fashioned and tasting more like a very dry old port. It kindled an interest in me for the Clare Valley. Not long after that I discovered the delightful wines of, Taylors Wines, at my local Grace Bros department store, and I was well and truly hooked. Read More...


Friday, December 06, 2019

We are coming up to it being twenty years since the winemakers of the Clare Valley decided that they had had enough of the cork taint that had been plaguing their magnificent Riesling and they switched to screwcap. Read More...