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While the world was locked down last year I visited the sparkling folk of Tasmania to share their incredible stories with our friends around the world. This five part series is not a paid presentation. Very much a labour of love! Thanks to the winemakers for sharing their journeys, to Joe Chelkowski for filming, and […]

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This is the story of my inaugural advanced champagne certificate in February 2022. Read the full story including photos and guest reflections. Read the full story. Join me for my next Advanced Champagne Certificate.

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A decent glass is the most important thing you need to make the most of every bottle, and a great polishing cloth is the best way to keep your glass in top form. I couldn’t find the perfect glass polishing cloth, so I created it. I own more than 1000 wine glasses and I wash […]

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This is a particularly crucial and dynamic moment for champagne in the UK. Champagne is fast on the move and never before has an annual update been more pertinent. No French wine region has been revolutionised over the past two decades as dramatically as Champagne. And no appellation has needed it more desperately. Champagne is […]

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It seems there’s no predicting what Australia’s love affair with champagne will do next. After the first two successive years of decline in champagne shipments since the start of the millennium, the pandemic hit, and with it dire woes of champagne armageddon. While the rest of the world spiralled into a dramatic champagne tailspin to […]

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We all need non-alcoholic alternatives. But despite the meteoric growth of this category in recent years, I’ve never found one I can actually drink. Until now. For the past 15 years I’ve been writing and hosting The Great Australian Red Competition with UK wine taster Matthew Jukes, who I’ve grown to admire as possessing the […]

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Think you’re getting the best price for your wine purchases? My latest findings might surprise you. In assembling my Top 30 for $30, have a guess who came up trumps with the best price exactly three-quarters of the time: cellar doors, independent retailers or chain stores? Following the viral response to my Top 20 for […]

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I’m often asked for a list of my favourite everyday bargain wines. Here are my top 15 right now, readily available around the country, at today’s street prices. Plus my top 5 to order direct from Mike Press Wines. Sparkling Ninth Island Sparkling, $20Ninth Island Sparkling Rosé, $23 White Jacob’s Creek Classic Riesling, $6.60Mike Press […]

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It’s my great honour to announce the winners of the Halliday Awards 2022 and to share the stories of the people and the places that have brought them to life. Award Winners 2022 Winery of the Year – Yarra Yering, Yarra Valley, VIC Winemaker of the Year – Michael Dhillon – Bindi Wines, Macedon Ranges, […]

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It’s my great pleasure to invite you to support a cause very close to my heart – and to buy some incredible wines in the process!  My Teen Rescue Foundation Auction 2021 opens today. Hosted by Langton’s Fine Wine Auctions, this online auction closes on 22 June. I am proud to present an incredible line […]

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