We love a new project every vintage.
It keeps us on our toes and throws out new challenges.”
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Praise Indeed

16 September 2013

I have always loved the way great chefs mentor and support small producers, on their menus and in the books they write. I savoured the book by Thomas Keller, from the lauded Napa Valley Restaurant The French Laundry, and loved the way he dedicated a whole page to the lady who forages for the mushrooms for his restaurant and another to the man who raises his lamb for him.

2013 Vintage Report

05 June 2013

My kids hate me describing my vines as my children. They roll their eyes and sigh!

But they are all my little babies, you put a year in working in the vineyard to get them to harvest, and then at vintage you 'give birth'…

2013 Prosecco Release

05 June 2013

One of the first grapes we pick each year is the Prosecco. It is also one of the first wines to be bottled every year.

It goes through two ferments, one from grapes to a crisp, light dry white wine. And the second, in a big tank, to get it’s lovely little bubbles, which we capture by bottling as soon as the ferment is complete.

Don’t plan any weddings, overseas trips or trips too far from Melbourne any time between March 1 and 17 in 2013! It’s the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival! There are always loads of dinners, tastings and fabulous wine and food events that celebrate the wonderful wine and food of our State and City.

For 22 years the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has run the Concours des Vins du Victoria.

They gather together a panel of French wine experts – wine and food writers with regular wine columns in French newspapers, and winemakers and sommeliers working here in Victoria – to assess a range of Victorian red, white and sparkling wines.

I was really thrilled to see the write up in Age Epicure on May 29 on the Bank Street Wood Fired Pizza and Garden. And even more thrilled to see it chock a block the following weekend. It couldn’t happen to a nicer couple – Cameron Ka Ka, his wife Janelle – have turned a rather run-down end of the old Harvest Home Hotel into a really funky little restaurant serving delicious food and wine, in sleepy little Avenel!

There was a moment, as I clamped on my helmet and clicked up the bike stand, where I did seriously wonder what moment of madness had inspired me to join this group of bicycle tourists in and around old Shanghai.

Sial

24 May 2012

Picture for a moment Jeff’’s Shed in Melbourne, stretch it out at each end by 10-20 metres and then multiply it by 17! That is the size of the Shanghai Exhibition Centre! OKOK they do have a population of 23 million, as opposed to Melbourne’s 4 million, and it does draw people in from regions outside the city, to the north, south and west to attend shows. But, all that said and done, it is one big exhibition centre!

Prosecco

21 April 2012

We love a new project every vintage. It keeps us on our toes and throws out new challenges and often teaches us so much about our own vineyard and the grape varieties we grow. One of this year’s new projects was growing and making our first Prosecco!