The Vincast Episode 104 – Sommeliers Australia Ball 2016

The 2016 Sommeliers Australia Ball was held recently, and I thought it might be fun to take my recording gear along and chat with a few sommeliers working in Melbourne. The first sommelier I spoke to was Kara Maisano from Masani Restaurant, the second was Tom Beattie who works at Dinner by Heston, and the third was Kayleen Reynolds, who not only works at CIty Wine Shop, but was also named the co-dux of the Sommeliers Scholarship. I asked them about how they got into wine and hospitality, their influences, and the challenges and rewards of being a somm.

Sommeliers Australia

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Let’s Taste – Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay 2014 & Shiraz 2013

Some more samples hit the tasting table on this edition of Let’s Taste, this time two wines from one of the biggest producers on the Bellarine Peninsula, Scotchmans Hill. The Bellarine Peninsula is on the cusp of cool and moderate in terms of climate, so a range of varieties can produce wine. Here I’m tasting the 2014 Chardonnay and the 2013 Shiraz, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay 2014 & Shiraz 2013

Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay 2014 & Shiraz 2013

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September 26, 2016 · 11:02 am

The Vincast Episode 103 – Jane Thomson from The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society

When you consider at least 50% of wine consumers are women – undoubtedly the largest segment – it seems strange that someone hadn’t created a community designed specifically for them! That was until Jane Thomson founded The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society in 2012, all about the fun and feminity of wine, running wonderful events to enjoy and learn about wine. More recently Jane has become a campaigner for more women in the wine industry, creating the Women in Wine Awards to recognise the significant contribution many female wine producers and marketers have made to the Australian wine industry. On this episode of The Vincast I chat with Jane about her journey and her passion for gender equality in the wine industry.

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Jane Thomson from The Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society

Jane Thomson from The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society

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Let’s Taste – Bird On A Wire 2013 Wines

My most recent guest on my wine podcast – The Vincast – was Caroline Mooney, a celebrated Yarra Valley winemaker who worked for many years at Yering Station. She spoke about her journey and her particular love of the Marsanne grape. When we spoke she generously gave me a bottle of each of her Bird On A Wire wines from the 2013 vintage, which I was more than happy to taste on this edition of Let’s Taste.

Bird On A Wire 2013 Wines

Bird On A Wire 2013 Wines

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September 15, 2016 · 6:15 pm

The Vincast Episode 102 – Caroline Mooney from Bird On A Wire Wines

Caroline Mooney grew up in the Yarra Valley, very influenced by the wines and other agricultural products of the region. Her family has been farmers for decades and still run the Yarra Valley Dairy. Although inspired by art in her teens, she became more influenced by wine as a young adult, working in a cellar door. This began her journey in winemaking, which has included vintages outside the region and study at Charles Sturt. After working for Yering Station for many years she now has her own brand of Yarra Valley wine, Bird On A Wire.

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To win one of these gorgeous Wines and Makers Yarra Valley Maps, simply leave a review on the iTunes page, letting me know which was your favourite episode of the podcast. Make sure to email me to let me know which is your review! The first ten reviews will receive this lovely map (only in Australia please).

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Carol Mooney from Bird On A Wire Wines

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Let’s Taste – Tahbilk Spring 2016 Releases

I’m no stranger to Tahbilk Wines, having not only tasted a number of releases over the last 12 months on Let’s Taste, but also having chatted with owner Alister Purbrick on my wine podcast The Vincast about one year ago. They sent me some new releases for Spring, and I opened them up to have a look. The four wines were;
Marsanne 2016
Riesling 2016
Viognier 2016
Cane Cut Marsanne 2012 (500ml)

Tahbilk Marsanne, Riesling & Viognier 2016 and Cane Cut Marsanne 2012

Tahbilk Marsanne, Riesling & Viognier 2016 and Cane Cut Marsanne 2012

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The Vincast Episode 101 – Sierra Reed Milne from Reed Wines

Growing up in Southern California presented an incredible opportunity to Sierra Reed Milne when she was scouted for a modelling career at a young age, which in turn gave her the chance to travel and experience other cultures. After gaining a following on the 18th season of Survivor, she dreamed of becoming a television travel program host, but couldn’t have imagined that it would be realised in New Zealand. It was here that she began her wine journey after working closely with the Family of Twelve, a journey that has led to her marrying an Australian, and making her own wine based in Victoria. Check out my Let’s Taste video of one of her wines here!

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To win one of these gorgeous Wines and Makers Yarra Valley Maps, simply leave a review on the iTunes page, letting me know which was your favourite episode of the podcast. Make sure to email me to let me know which is your review! The first ten reviews will receive this lovely map (only in Australia please).

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Sierra Reed Milne from Reed Wines

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Let’s Taste – Reed Wines ‘Alexia’ Grenache 2015

I was thrilled to sit down with Sierra Reed Milne for Episode 101 of my wine podcast, The Vincast! Originally from California, Sierra has had an incredible and diverse journey that has led her to making her own wines her in Australia. She gave me a bottle of one of her already sold out Reed Wines from the 2015 vintage, and I thought I would share my impressions here on the IntrepidWino YouTube channel, let me know what you think! Stay tuned for Episode 101 of The Vincast with Sierra!

Reed Wines 'Alexia' Grenache 2015

Reed Wines ‘Alexia’ Grenache 2015

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September 5, 2016 · 10:02 am

Let’s Taste – Manon “Love Lies Bleedings” Pinot Noir 2015

While visiting my new favourite local wine retailer Cult of the Vine, I picked up a bottle of Australian wine to try. The Manon wines are part of the exciting movement for very low intervention winemaking, many of which come from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Let me know what you thought of my impressions, if you agreed with me or not, in the comments below.

Manon "Love Lies Bleedings" Pinot Noir 2015

Manon “Love Lies Bleedings” Pinot Noir 2015

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August 31, 2016 · 2:03 pm

The Vincast Episode 100 – Guill de Pury from Yeringberg Wines

In the latter half of the 19th Century, there were a number of very important arrivals into the Yarra Valley region, less than 100km east of Melbourne, who happened to be Swiss. These were important viticultural who made a name for Australian wine in Paris and London, winning hearts, palates and medals. One of these pioneering Swiss families was the de Purys, who established Yeringberg in the area now known as Coldstream. My guest on this episode is Guill de Pury, the third-generation owner responsible for reviving the wine growing on the property at the end of the 1960s. He shared the important history of the family, the region, the farm and his own journey of (re)discovery.

To win one of these gorgeous Wines and Makers Yarra Valley Maps, simply leave a review on the iTunes page, letting me know which was your favourite episode of the podcast. Make sure to email me to let me know which is your review! The first ten reviews will receive this lovely map (only in Australia please).

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Guill de Pury from Yeringberg Wines

Guill de Pury from Yeringberg Wines

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