Loic Avril was destined to work with wine, considering he grew up in one of France’s most historic wine regions, and sharing of great wine and food was always important to his family. His love of hospitality and restaurants came very early, from the age of ten in fact, and he was determined to follow a path in fine dining. After gaining experience in restaurants in the Loire Valley and northern England, he joined the team at The Fat Duck – at one point considered the best restaurant in the world – and soon received significant attention when he was named the global best young sommelier. When the restaurant relocated to Melbourne for six months he relocated, and decided to stay and run the wine program when it transitioned to Dinner by Heston.
More d’Arenberg wines, the samples just keep on coming, and I always relish the chance to look at new vintages from one of Australia’s most iconic brands. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Another wine from a producer new to Let’s Taste – Yarra Valley’s Mandala Wines – this time a sparkling, the Blanc de Blancs 2015. Blanc de Blancs are white wines made from white grapes, in this case 100% Chardonnay. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Mandala Blanc de Blancs 2015 – RRP $35.00
I was recently sent a sample from Heartland Wines, this time looking at a more premium wine from their range than I had seen before. Let me know what you think in the comments below, have you tried many Australian malbec wines?
d’Arenberg wines are back on Let’s Taste, and perfect timing as we head towards Winter, we are looking at some red wines. This is the first in a series of three videos I’ll be recording looking at d’Arenberg wines. I’ve also updated my tasting room with some lovely maps of Burgundy! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Another new producer for the Let’s Taste series, this time from a very familiar region. Mandala Wines are a Yarra Valley based producer that focuses on classic varieties for the region. I was thrilled to have a chance to look at their premium reds across three varieties, unfortunately there was a technical problem with the initial record and I lost one of the wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
I was thrilled to be introduced to a new producer on this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino. Michael Hall – originally from the United Kingdon – produces wine from fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. The three white wines tasted on this edition of Let’s Taste are all from the Adelaide Hills. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $35.00
Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon Blanc de Pigeon 2016 – RRP $28.00
Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $50.00
On the second of a two-part edition of Let’s Taste, I continue to look at wines from Pewsey Vale that have recently been released. ‘The Contours’ is considered to be one of Australia’s best riesling wines, and I was honoured to be able to compare two vintages of this wine side-by-side. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to recommend some more rieslings for me to try!
I’ve tasted some Heartland wines on Let’s Taste before, and in this case it was exciting to look at a step up in their range, being the Cabernet Sauvignon. Ben Glaetzer is a highly respected winemaker, and does an incredible job with the Heartland wines, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Very excited on this edition of Let’s Taste to look at the 2017 rieslings from Pewsey Vale, particularly having tasted across the 2016 wines previously. The big difference on this occasion is there is a new wine to the range, and it was fascinating seeing how it fit in with the other wines of the same vintage. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and stand by for a part two looking at two different vintages of The Contours Riesling.
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