Category Archives: Wine

Playful with a touch of magic: Introducing Gwyn Olsen’s new wines

Earlier this week I was delighted to not only meet the Hunter Valley winemaker Gwyn Olsen, but was among the first to try the 2019 vintages of her range and her preservative free field blends during an intimate tasting and dinner at Botanic House.  

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Misconceptions of organic wine

Health conscious and environmentally concerned millenials are said to be the driving force of the booming organic wine trade.    We couldn’t wait until this weekend’s Pyrmont Festival and when we had the chance to speak to one of the exhibiting winemakers, we just had to ask Tamburlaine Organic Wines to help demystify this world of wine that, although has been around for thousands of years, is pretty new to us here in the office.


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Escape to Wine Island

Slip into your spring best and trade in the bustling city life for an idyllic day in vino paradise as Wine Island returns for its 5th birthday.

From Friday 1 November – Sunday 3 November crowds will swarm onto Clark Island to celebrate on a luxurious oasis of premium wines, beer, food, cocktails, Wine Selectors masterclasses, music, treasure hunts and more.

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Cool climate wines and brews of Orange

Just 1% of Australian vineyards grow their grapes in areas above 600 metres.   This and a number of geological and topographical factors are what constitute the uniqueness in winemaking in the region of Orange, New South Wales.   Newer in comparison to the old wine household names of the industry, the mineral rich hills of limestone, shales, greywhack overlain and basalt rich soils create a distinct taste and body.

Grapes have more difficulty ripening in cooler climates like Orange,  which result in higher levels of acidity and lower levels of sugar.   Orange’s elevation combines to create a medium to light-bodied aromatic drop which is the perfect storm for connoisseurs who lean more towards light, crisp, and dry wines.

“This time of year in the winemaking cycle is always an exciting time with many of our new vintage wine releases appearing in market and on wine lists.  It is a celebration of bud burst, which symbolises the beginning of the growing process,” said Orange360 General Manager Caddie Marshall. “It is terrific to partner with the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce to showcase more than half of our region’s cool climate wine brands.”

The wine making region of Orange forms a belt of 60 vineyards and 40 cellar doors around the township in which 60% of the wine produced is red.

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A taste of Grange at 40,000 feet: High Altitude Wine Tasting

Qantas_150626_43182In what may be a first in aviation, luxury tour operator Constellation Journeys will host a premium Penfold’s wine tasting at cruising altitude of 40,000 feet, on board the company’s privately chartered Qantas Boeing 747.

Guests travelling in Business Prestige and Business Class on Constellation Journey’s
2019 Around the World journey will have time to sample a range of Australia’s finest wines including among others, Yattarna Chardonnay, St Henri Shiraz and the legendary Penfolds Grange.

 The tasting, including wines selected by Qantas Sommeliers together with specially prepared tasting notes, will be conducted with expert guidance from Qantas’ highly trained inflight hospitality team.

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Sparkling Sydney: The New Wine Festival coming to Pyrmont – May 19

Sparkling SYDNEY, the first of its kind unique sparkling wine festival will launch at Pirrama Park, Pyrmont on Sunday 19 May, 2019, 11.00am to 5.00pm.

FK 1 copyThis inaugural major food and wine event will be a celebration of flavour, sustainability, and ethical produce with Sydney’s glistening harbor celebrating the very best in bubbles, from Sparkling Cuvee, Malbec, Shiraz, Pinot Chardonnay, Moscato, Zibibbo to Prosecco, Cava and many more.

A one of a kind cohesive sensory experience, each element, be it beverage, produce or gourmet food, is carefully curated to tie into the central theme ‘SPARKLING’.

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Top 5 Wine trends by Callum McCrorie of Pony Dining, Brisbane

Restaurant Manager, Callum McCrorie and Head Chef, Tom Swapp were the new additions heading up Pony Dining in Brisbane late last year. Together, they embarked on a mission to rejuvenate the already alluring proposition of wining and dining at the waterfront of Eagle Street Pier.

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