Wine festivals can be one of the most fun ways to discover more about wine and meet the people who make what is in your glass. Fortunately there are a great number of different events people can attend, both in your capital city and also in the wine regions themselves. On this episode of The Vincast Daniel Honan returns and we chat about the nature of wine festivals and how they are evolving to connect with todays wine consumer.
The new Boccaccio Cellars store has opened and they’ve already started to have regular – and amazing – tastings each week. This past Sunday I popped in to taste some wines from the Alba area of Italy, here are my notes on them.
Dave Brookes is currently one of the most accomplished and sought after wine judges in Australia having been awarded dux of the Len Evans Tutorial in 2011. He was also one of the first voices for sustainable and natural wine in the country, writing about his passion for these products on his popular blog Vinofreakism. He joins me on this episode to talk about his journey, his philosophy and his unique perspectives.
It’s a long time between entries as far as writing on this blog (I’ve been focusing much more on The Vincast), but I thought it was about time to start putting pen to paper (metaphorically) again. I’ve decided to start something a bit different; rather than a simple tasting note on a wine, or a description of a producer and their methods, I would make the point that a bottle of wine is the property and perspective of the drinker when they open it. Every so often I open a bottle from my own collection or I taste a wine that has a personal story and a connection for me. In addition I will talk about the context in which I have enjoyed said wine; who I drink it with, where and what with. I hope you enjoy, and of course you are welcome to share some of your own experiences, whether with the wine in question or a different one entirely.
When many people think of rosé they think of a sweet pink wine, but times have changed (for the better) and you can easily find good quality fresh and dry examples being produced around the world. For episode 30 of The Vincast I invited sommelier friend Wiremu Andrews (currently working at Rockpool Bar & Grill in Melbourne) to discuss the history of rosé, the production methods & styles, and what you can expect from certain regions and varieties.
With the Christmas and New Year period rapidly approaching our tastebuds turn to sparkling wine, and on this episode I have returning guest Phil Smith from The Wine Depository join me to discuss the many styles of sparkling wine and ways to enjoy them.
Owen Latta from Eastern Peake joins me on this episode of The Vincast, talking about growing up with the vineyard his parents planted when he was born, taking over from his father at a young age, and discovering new projects along the way.