Sparkling Shiraz. Let’s Stop it From Ruining Christmas

Every year, my dad brings it out- a bottle of sparkling shiraz for Christmas. I’ve never been a fan of the stuff; I find the bubbles and the chill just don’t quite work. But every year, without fail, there it is. Sparkling shiraz…. Why? I’m not sure why but it is a tradition, and a…

Pinot Moi?

Ah, pinot noir… Is there a more unforgiving grape? Chardonnay, perhaps, but in the reds I find a pinot can be either an utter disappointment or a complete delight. It has become the wine that I hunt. My wife and I were in the Great Western district, and there are only a handful of wineries…

Fallen Giants of Wine

“Wine!” We were somewhere outside Ararat, and I was sick of the car. I needed a break. The brown tourist sign had grapes on it and the side road was dusty. It spoke to me. A hard left, a billowing cloud of dust- I drove down the dirt road; grapes on my right, nothing memorable…

At a wedding… Haunted by Bond

“Two cowboys, thanks.” Blank stare… “You know what a cowboy is, right? Blank stare. Baileys. Brandy…. “we don’t have bailey’s.” No baileys. I looked around: this was the kind of club that lived for Baileys. You know the kind of place: crap clients, crap drinks, sticky carpet, deafening music. It had a smoking room that…