La Boheme – Act 2

November 4, 2013 Darren Gall 1

The Composer Giacomo Puccini has been called “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi”. While his early work was rooted in traditional late-19th-century romantic Italian opera, he successfully developed his work in the ‘realistic’ […]

La Boheme – Act 1

November 2, 2013 Darren Gall 1

The Opera La Boheme is an opera in four acts by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on ‘Scenes de la vie de Boheme’ by Henri […]

Pristine Perfection

October 27, 2013 Darren Gall 0

  Jeffrey Grosset has long been renowned -the world over- as Australia’s greatest Riesling producer. His Riesling wines have achieved an extraordinary level of fame for a variety largely shunned by the broader, Australian commercial […]

Van Diemen’s Land

October 19, 2013 Darren Gall 0

  Tasmania is one of the most lightly populated, pristine, un-spoilt and beautiful food and wine regions on the planet, replete with thriving ancient forests, clean fresh air and pure, pristine waters. Van Diemen’s Land […]

Been Doon so Long

September 21, 2013 Darren Gall 0

    The first time I met winemaker Randall Grahm, we were both at the eponymous International gathering of the Masters of Wine, way back in 1997. The expectant crowd of wine industry enthusiasts was […]

Out of my Glass

September 15, 2013 Darren Gall 0

  Immanuel Kant, in his epic ‘Critique of Pure Reason’, posited that we can never truly know of a thing in itself, we may only know of a thing -that which we can obtain through […]

Artisan Wines

September 15, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Many colleagues today bemoan that we are losing our true winemaking artisans to a kind of oenological ‘industrial revolution’, where wines are made in labs, by recipe, to satisfy ‘target consumers’, ‘market profiles’ and ‘Wine […]

When the Levy Breaks

September 11, 2013 Darren Gall 0

We all go a little mad at this time of year, don’t we? I’ve had enough of being wet through, caught out in yet another deluge. I’ve had enough of getting splattered with mud and […]

The Sun also Rises

September 11, 2013 Darren Gall 0

Whilst Spanish wines have been around from about as long as wine has been consumed in Europe, (sometime between 4,000 & 3,000 BCE), Spain seems to have always had a mixed reputation for the quality […]

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