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Let’s Taste – Scorpo Eocene Chardonnay 2010

The Mornington Peninsula was the first wine region I fell in love with as a newbie wino, and undoubtedly the most important white variety here in this maritime climate is chardonnay. Scorpo Wines is located in Merricks North, established in 1997, and this bottle of their reserve chardonnay was gifted to me a few years ago by their Victorian distributor Cellarhand. Let me know what your thoughts are, have you enjoyed a premium Mornington chardonnay lately?

Scorpo Eocene Chardonnay 2010 – RRP $65.00 (current vintage)

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March 17, 2017 · 12:26 am

Wine Trade Tasting Behind the Scenes

In August I took some behind-the-scenes footage at a few wine trade tastings here in Melbourne, and I thought I’d share it with you with the idea of showing how portfolio tastings are conducted. The two tastings were for Cellarhand Wines, and combined tasting of World Wine Estates, Enoteca Sydney and Vinous Imports.

Tim Stock from Vinous Imports

Tim Stock from Vinous Imports

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September 3, 2015 · 4:52 pm

Sommeliers Taste Wines Blind

I joined some sommelier friends recently for a blind tasting session. Each of them have been trained using the Certified Sommelier Method, using a grid to break down a wine into its components for the purpose of analysis, then make an assesment about what the wine is. It was quite fascinating to watch them dissect wines blind, but still showed the subjectivity of wine.

Sommelier Kara Maisano Tasting Wines Blind

Sommelier Kara Maisano Tasting Wines Blind

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August 27, 2015 · 2:13 pm

The Vincast Episode 027 – Wine shows with Sam Hooper

Wine shows have a long and important history in the Australian wine industry, and we are now coming to the end of the show season for 2014. There are few greater triumphs as a wine producer than receiving a coveted trophy at one of the many shows run in major capitals and regional locations. Sam Hooper from Cellarhand Wines joins me again to discuss the nature of wine shows, and how they are staying relevant in a modern and dynamic wine market.

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The Vincast Episode 018 – Wine wholesaling with Sam Hooper

As a complex product, wine – particularly of an artisan nature – is not something that is easy to sell. The role of a wholesale wine merchant is both important and constantly evolving to keep up with a rapidly changing market. National Sales Manager for Cellar Hand Wines Sam Hooper returns to the show, and we discuss the origins, nature, role and complexities of distributing wine in today’s market.

Sam Hooper

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Mount Mary Dinner – 17/09/2013

There are more than a few words that get thrown around pretty indiscriminately in the marketing and communication of wine. Words like premium, estate, reserve, authentic, terroir and unique. In most cases it is a pretty empty assertion, rarely can the claim be legitimately justified. Few people can truly say they are a pioneer, but John Middleton certainly can. With a background in the RAAF he found himself in the Yarra Valley as a regional family doctor back in the 1950s. He established the estate, inspired in part by the Swiss settlers of the 1850s (de Castella, de Pury), and the wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Continue reading

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The Vincast Episode 001 – Imported Wines in the Australian Market with Sam Hooper

On the very first episode of The Vincast I am joined by Sam Hooper, National Sales Manager for Cellarhand Wines. With a number of factors combining to make imported wines not only much cheaper but also much more readily available, Australia has seen a dramatic increase in the number of importers and the subsequent volume of imports. Working for an importer and wholesaler that has been around since 1999, I thought Sam would be well equipped to talk about this recent phenomenon that has got more than a few local producers a bit perturbed.

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Sam Hooper

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