Nestled in the foothills of Australia’s Mount Lofty ranges, less than forty miles from South Australia’s capital of Adelaide, rests a tiny region with a global reputation. The Barossa Valley’s renown is built on its premium Shiraz, a distinctly Australian take on the Northern Rhone’s Syrah.
Laura Maniec MS, of Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar New York, tells of a voyage of discovery through Australian wine and of her ongoing love affair with it
Leading American sommelier, Rachael Ryan, reflects on her journey of discovery into Australian wine and how Australia’s wine community continues to inspire her
Richard Hargreave is a globetrotting, dynamic sommeliers/drinks list culture creator. His role seems to have transcended the traditional sommelier mold, with a broader scope and a front-foot approach to beverage direction.
Andy Myers MS, Wine Director of José Andrés Think Food Group reflects on his wine trip to Tasmania, land of world class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Unicorn Poo
The year was 1993. I was a punk kid, just promoted to wine buyer at the ripe old age of 23 and the store I worked for hosted a blind tasting of 25 of the best Napa Valley Cabernets from the spectacular 1990 vintage.
“When we painted Australia, we painted it like England,” says Stephen Pannell of the S.C. Pannell Winery in McLaren Vale. “You tend to copy what some other country does rather than stepping outside and saying, 'Who cares if they do it like that there?
In the early summer of 2012 I was working as the head sommelier of Eleven Madison Park in New York City. At the time, it was a restaurant that was on its upward trajectory towards greatness
If you’ve started to see more Australian wines in restaurants and fine wine shops across the country, don’t be surprised if the winemaker is nearby. As premium Aussie wine continues to grow in the US – exports above $US15 a bottle surged 35 percent in the first three months of 2017 – more and more winemakers are finding their way to the States, eager to share their wines and individual winemaking personalities.
Recently, while wine shopping for my annual family vacation to the Jersey shore, I found myself in an area of the shop that just five years ago would have never been considered.