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From time to time, I write for other wine and food on-line publications and blogs. Here are just a small selection of my latest:


In Theaters: China’s Lust for Bordeaux, ‘Red Obsession’ -This month we have the premiere of a movie that walks the taut line between wine porn and edutainment — starting with its opening scenes. Any serious wine lover, such as myself, is going to be adding Saint Estephe’s Cos d’Estournel’s barrel room to their must-see list. See more on Palate Press ….




The Art of Blending Bordeaux and Hermitage – Imagine two French vignerons, who happen to be best friends, meeting to discuss wine – one from Bordeaux and one from Hermitage. The winemaker from Bordeaux laments about how their hard the vintage has been so far and that they don’t think that the wines coming from this vintage are going to be up to par. The two then hatch a plan. – See more on Enobytes  ….



Chardonnay is back! – The chardonnay grape never really went away, it’s just having its own brand of renaissance and we haven’t had to wait around for centuries to see the result. Read more on BlahBlahMagazine …




Celebrity Vineyards – It seems that owning a vineyard or a wine label is becoming second to your very own perfume line in the land of celebrity.  This was a concept that so captured the intrigue of author, Nick Wise, that he decided to explore it further. See more on Enobytes….



Wine and Soup = Good Company – As the cooler weather rolls in, it is only natural that we turn to comforting soups to keep us warm. These hearty soups are like a meal itself in a bowl and frankly, I could not think of anything better than a bowl of minestrone or creamy pumpkin soup to get warm.  Although, my personal favourite is my mother’s pea and ham soup recipe – salty and rich… See more on BlahBlahMagazine




2011 Teusner Independent Shiraz Mataro – More often you will find the Spanish grape Mataro, also known as Mourvèdre/Monastrell, blended in a jumble with its companions Grenache and Shiraz in the GSMs that are still loved by many Aussie red lovers. Kym Teusner has focused more simply on equal parts of peppery Shiraz and juicy Mataro, and once you have tasted this wine, you will not lament the lack of Grenache in this blend. See more on Wine Diva.

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