Europe’s 2012 Vintage is in full swing

The 2012 Vintage is well under way in Europe and by all accounts despite a pretty damp and wet winter we are going to see some stunning examples of great European wines being made. I just received a number of great pictures of the harvest in full swing at one of our favourite wine makers and partners Weingut Ziereisen, where Hanspeter and his wife Edel (pictured below) have been in full swing with preparing their fruit from the harvest. What I love about Hanspeter and indeed many of our wine making partners is that the bulk if not all of their fruit is hand picked, which allows the wine maker to be ultra selective in the fruit that he finally crushes and converts into his wines. this attention to detail and care really does come through when you get to taste the...

Blind Tasting or Blind Faith

Blind Tasting or Blind Faith

Much has been written about how people make their judgements around the wines that they like and buy. But, I cannot find that there is one single factor that drives all of us and our decision making equally however it is evident that brand and the perceptive value of a brand are very influential in the way we think. In conjunction with this will be the impact of our own personally bias and preferences as I have many friends that will reluctantly try and drink something that for example is not from Australia to is not a Shiraz or Cabernet and that’s just fine but imagine what we are missing on? I had the pleasure of meeting with Christian Baeppler who is one of Australia’s leading sommelier’s at a very small off the road German winery just north...

2 of the best kept secrets of Europe

2 of the best kept secrets of Europe

The best thing about wine like food is that every new opportunity too try something new is a new conversation and a provides a whole new range of unique experiences and memories. I remember when I visited the Alsace region of France for the first time and the wonderful small town of Colmar , I was struck by the beauty and simplicity of the region but at the same time the wonderful complexity that it also bought to me. The Alsace is often seen as the poor cousin of the French wine industry as it has shared a very checkered past as  the region has traded hands between the Germans and the French for many years but please rest assured this is a very real part of France despite many of the very Germanic sounding towns in the region like Mullhouse. My love affair with...