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Max is one of Australia's foremost wine writers and brings us a report on some topical aspect of wine Down Under every other month. You can read more about his achievements and opinions here.
'Dad thinks we're a bunch of f*ck'n' hippies', smiles Ben Paxton through his bushranger beard as he pours me a taste of his family vineyard's biodynamically grown, sulphur-free McLaren Vale Pinot Gris. We're at Rootstock, the lively natural wine fair that took place in Sydney earlier. More...
I don't believe this. It's Christmas Day and I'm sitting in my Melbourne back yard under the midday glare of a 31 ˚C sky, peeling a char-grilled prawn and drinking a glass of gorgeous old Riesling. And I suddenly realise I'm living out two Aussie Christmas clichés: the infamous Australian. More...
There was a bit of a brouhaha here last week when a Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir - the Yabby Lake 2012 Block 1 made by Tom Carson pictured here - snaffled the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. Wine news went mainstream for a change: chairman of judges,. More...
Here's the debut column of our new Australian columnist . Oh, I just can't keep up. Every week it seems I stumble across an exciting new wine producer here in Australia. I thought I'd caught most of the country's newbies in my 2010 book The Future Makers: Australian Wines. More...
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