Out of the Fog

April 30, 2014 Darren Gall 0

  When the sun rose there was a white fog, very warm and clammy, and more blinding than the night. It did not shift or drive; it was just there, standing all round you like […]

A Bordeaux Tasting April 2014

April 17, 2014 Darren Gall 0

  Have spent the past two evenings tasting the latest Bordeaux shipment with Hanoi’s finest from the trade and thought I would share some of my highlights here with you.   Bordeaux Tasting Notes Tasted […]

Give Pais a Chance

January 20, 2014 Darren Gall 0

Pais is an oft forgotten but still widely planted red grape variety of Chile, once the most planted variety in the country it only recently gave up that mantle to Cabernet Sauvignon. Whilst varieties like […]

La Boheme – Act 4

January 19, 2014 Darren Gall 0

  Rebirth of a Wine Region The Yarra Valley wine region is made up of two distinct areas, the valley floor and the Upper Yarra. Soils and micro-climates vary a great deal from mostly mountain […]

La Boheme – Act 3

January 19, 2014 Darren Gall 2

  Obituary: Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 1931 (extract) Dame Nellie Melba, famous for more than 40 years as the greatest singer of the lyric stage of her generation, and as one of the most […]

Gaja

December 26, 2013 Darren Gall 0

    Piedmont The Piedmont region in the North West corner of Italy is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, bordering the countries of France and Switzerland. The region is largely made up of […]

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 […]

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