Winemaker Wednesday – Sam Berketa

Alpha Box and Dice are one of my absolute favourite wineries and Sam was kind enough to do an exclusive interview with us! The winery is located in Mclaren Vale, Australia and was set up in 2008 as a “laboratory for viticultural exploration”.  AB&D wines are all linked by their environment and surroundings, being created […]

Northern Rhone

The Holy Grail of French Syrah Home to some of our most loved regions, (St Josephs, Cote Rotie, Condrieu) this is the benchmark for French Syrah. The only permitted red grape for AC wines in this region, the deep, dark, peppery and gamey wine is sought after in all countries. Not too far from the […]

Robert Parker Decides To Retire

“I would prefer to underestimate the wine’s quality than to overestimate it” Robert M Parker Jr, one of the most influential and well-known wine critics, has officially retired from The Wine Advocate. Over the last many years, he has slowly stepped back his tasting duties, finally parting ways at 71 years old. The truth is […]

The Regions of Champagne

I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not “ – CoCo Chanel We all love to indulge in a little Champagne here and there. It’s Champagne, what more do you need to know to get on board with the bubbles. One of the most prestigious sparkling […]

Why I Drink Rosé All Year and You Should Too

Rosé – the perfect summer drink. Refreshing, crisp, pairs perfectly with summer and bad decisions.   Well, I am OVER IT. I am here to introduce to you Winter Rosé. Why just have this pink drink in the summer? “Rosé season” should be a thing of the past with it being enjoyed all year round. […]

What is a Harvest like?

Well, you basically pile a bunch of miscellaneous travellers together (mixed with some locals) who all have a passion for wine in some form whether it be making, learning or consuming it and give them about 8-12 weeks to turn grapes into a fermented adult juice. It’s an organized, chaotic experience. You laugh, you cry, […]

Harvest Prep Night Shift – 2018

So, here I am prepping for 2018 Harvest in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the middle of March, the end of summer here and absolutely gorgeous. I am situated right in the middle of Marlborough in the quaint little town of Blenheim. I have been here 2 weeks and you can bet I have been […]

New Zealand Wine Region – Gisborne

If you are familiar with New Zealand wine, the go-to is Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. What if I told you there was more to New Zealand than just that?! And I mean lots more, Italian varietals, Pinotage, Chenin Blanc. All the beautiful things I so far haven’t seen on an export market.  Keep in […]

Sulfites: The Witch Hunt

One of my favourite topics in wine yet one of my most dreaded due to the lack of knowledge and pretentiousness that stems from this subject. I will say it now, I am PRO SULFITES. I will probably get t-shirts made up in the near future called “Team Sulfites” and I hope it becomes the […]

Caymus Special Selection 2013

What really helped put Caymus on the map, this is the only wine to have been awarded not once but twice, “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator. Only produced in the best vintages lead by a blind tasting selecting superior barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, the special selection process, this wine is the premium Napa Cab. With the […]

Conundrum Rose 2016

A much more affordable, everyday wine from the Wagner family, I present to you Conundrum Rosé. With the whole concept of “Conundrum blends” introduced 25 years ago, this wine has some unique factors. Rosé unique ??? It is possible? So this wine is made primarily from Valdiguié. Never heard of it before? Probably not. It […]

Aeros Viognier

    Mmmmm Viognier. One of my preferred grapes when done properly. The grape itself originates from France, this wine hails from Chile. Full bodied, perfumed and full of tropical fruitiness, what is not to love? This is a grape that can be aged in oak, hold up to Chardonnays or just something delightfully fruity. […]

Emmolo Merlot

If you don’t already know, you will soon learn that I am a big Wagner family supporter. What does that mean? I will drink anything done by the infamous Caymus family, the Wagners. They could seriously bottle gutter water and perform their California magic on it and it would be completely palatable and delicious. All […]

Alceo Tempranillo 2015

Produced by Bodegas Familia Bastida, this winery was founded in 1950 by the Bastida family and still operates to this day by the family. Continuously working on upgrades, they feature some of the most up to date technologies a family winery has to offer. Resulting in one of my favourite wines ever! This is a rich, easy […]