Wine Tasting Nov 25th – Private Client Christmas Shopping

Posted on November 10, 2015 by victoria

A unique opportunity to taste & purchase an extraordinary selection of French & Spanish wines – including grower Champagne, magnificent Provence Rosé, collectable Rioja & Bordeaux along with everyday quaffers. There will be 20 wines to try. Numbers limited.
Ticketed event $20/head refundable upon purchase*.
Email to secure your place.
Private venue in North Carlton.
Wednesday November 25, 5.30-7.30pm


Jané Ventura Cava makes Top 20 bubbles

Posted on October 30, 2012 by victoria

Our new zero dosage cava from Jané Ventura has received its first Australian review – here is the excerpt from Ralph Kyte-Powell’s article “Stars Line Up for Top of the Pops”
Jane Ventura Reserva de la Musica Cava Brut 2008, $35 Score 92/100 Value Good
This modern, zero-dosage (unsweetened) Spanish cava is an unusually light and delicate example of Spain’s premier sparkling wine. Pear, apple and


The TWS Tasting Room opens in Port Melbourne

Posted on October 22, 2012 by victoria

TWS Tasting Room launch Sep 2012

We are thrilled to have a permanent tasting room instead of our chilly warehouse! Located upstairs above one of Melbourne’s newest  & coolest spots to eat & drink breakfast, lunch or dinner at Rose Diner in Bay Street, Port Melbourne.
The Tasting Room will throw open its doors and uncork a clutch of wines on the second weekend of each month as part of our OPEN HOUSE programme. We had a


Why El Puerto de Santa Maria Fino is better than Sanlucar’s Manzanillas…

Posted on by James Fulton

El Puerto de Santa Maria

Fino and manzanilla are both made from the Palomino grape, the only difference is that manzanilla is aged in the coastal region of Sanlucaar. And that difference is significant as the salt and humidty from the Atlantic permeates through the barrels to impart a distinct salty flavour that is absent in sherries aged in Jerez. And what is more these sherries near the coast have


Wines of Chile 2012

Posted on October 1, 2012 by James Fulton

Wines of Chile @ Lords', London 2012

Did you know that Chile makes gewürztraminer? Not particularly well, but it was a nice break from what seemed like a never-ending flight of cheap sauvignon blanc and highly tannic cabernets.  Attending the annual Wines of Chile tasting in September, I was intrigued to see the breadth of wine styles Chile now produces.  Interesting too given the increase in importers popping up around the traps


Bordeaux Demystified

Posted on by James Fulton

Ahh Bordeaux!  In Australia it is clearly the lesser understood, not so sexy equivalent to Burgundy.  Once we understand that there are no grapes listed on the front of wine bottles, we can quickly grasp that Burgundy is going to be made from either pinot noir or chardonnay. And beyond that there are some simple rules and classifications, wines will be named; village, pemier cru


Jerez – Xeres – Sherry – Bringing Sexy back. part 1

Posted on September 28, 2012 by James Fulton

Sherry tasting at Gutierrez Colosia

To many of us sherry conjures up memories of an aunt or grandma having a glass of sherry, probably cream sherry…and did you pause to notice that cream sherry is not creamy. Just what is cream sherry? And how many types of sherry are there?  I am sure some would ask, ‘what is the point of sherry – no one every drinks it’.
After an


Bordeaux harvesting 2 weeks early

Posted on September 17, 2012 by victoria

Bordeaux is already harvesting their grapes, at least two week earlier than most years. Victoria spent several days visiting chateaux throughout the Right and Left bank as well as touring Sauternes & Barsac including a visit to Chateau d’Yquem, Chateau Margaux, sneaking a few grapes from Chateau Petrus. Other highlights were visiting the two newest wineries in our portfolio – staying at Chateau de la


Judging at the world’s largest wine competition: IWC London

Posted on August 1, 2012 by James Fulton

IWC wine flight

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is acknowledged as the worlds’ largest wine competition.  Every year some 400 judges (of which I am one) gather in London to taste, assess and spit the merits of wines from across the globe.  I was invited to judge at the IWC in 2004, and I have judged every year since.  The wines I have tried range from the extraordinary