Wine Speak

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

…mintiness with peaches and strawberries …a chocolate smokiness with leathery insinuations …hessian …apes and peacocks …and a faint, elusive yet startling aroma of wine…” – Michael Leunig, cartoonist   Thus describes the bewilderment, exasperation and […]

Wine into Water

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Ronald Brown is the owner of the remarkably overachieving South Australian winery Maverick, in the Barossa Valley. The winery is aptly named, Brown is every bit the Maverick. Described by eminent Australian wine writer James […]

For Canard

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

I absolutely adore ducks; I’ve nibbled on their webs and sucked on their tongues in Chinese palaces. I’ve even eat their livers “with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” in Italian cucinas. Just about […]

Days of Wine and Spices

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Darren Gall, puts out the fire of spice in his mouth with the requisite wines. “The year was 1968. We were on recon in a steaming Mekong Delta. An overheated private removed his flak jacket, […]

Putting out the Bins

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Penfold’s Bin, Icon & Luxury Brands Wine Release 2013 The annual Penfold’s release of its wines is a significant date in the annual wine calendar. When it includes a vintage like 2010 then the market […]

Noir – The Heart of Darkness

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

“Maya, Indian goddess of illusions, siren of shipwrecked sailors; if only you lactated Pinot Noir, you’d be perfect.”  Miles to Maya in the movie ‘Sideways’. Pinot Noir is the ultimate Diva of the wine world: […]

Khmer Cuisine & Wine

August 22, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Khmer cuisine is one of the world’s oldest living cuisines and one of the most resilient on the planet. Spices are often exquisite in quality yet restrained and understated in their use. Regional flavours and […]

Moscato Magic

August 19, 2013 Darren Gall 0

  Light, playful, soft and all tingly on your tongue, moscato wine is like a refreshing, delightful little spa for your palate and a sure way to inject in the fun. The Piedmonte area of […]

The Duke of Duck

August 19, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Last year, Villa Maria Estate celebrated its 50th vintage; its first vintage, back in 1962 was off a single acre of grapes, vinified in a small shed in suburban Auckland. Today, Villa Maria has vineyards […]

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