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Wine WithoutBS
Avid wine consumer with a mildly developed palate
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A review of the Centennial Vineyards 2016 Bong Bong Pinot Noir Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Wine without BS
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It's been over five years since I've hosted a wine event in Australia so I am very excited to announce my Pineapple for a Pinot event to be held back where it all began in 2009... at Fix Wine bar... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Wine without BS
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After a long hiatus from writing for this blog since my move to the US in 2013, my return to Sydney in late 2015 has had me excited to get back into it. I also couldn't think of a better... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Wine without BS
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Having very little personal experience with Barolo I tried this particular wine back in 2013 after a recommendation from the manager at my local bottle shop in North Sydney just before I moved to Los Angeles that year. For those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Wine without BS
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Funny story about how I came to try this wine recently in that I had heard the Mayhem & Co. story from a good friend of mine in Los Angeles. Upon making my first return to Australia since my relocation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Wine without BS
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In the state of California Chardonnay is everywhere and the second most popular grape variety behind Cabernet Sauvignon. It also happens to be one of my most preferred white varieties and so I've had my fair share of California Chardonnay's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Wine without BS
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Ok, so yet another post that has little, actually nothing to do with wine. This is probably a good time to point out that since moving to Los Angeles in October 2013 I have been writing wine reviews as the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Wine without BS
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Ok, so this has nothing to do with wine but I don't know too many wine lovers that don't like to have the odd cocktail or two! On a recent trip to San Diego I came across this drink at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Wine without BS
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It has been a little while since I last posted something here so for my regular readers out there I do apologise. Moving to the other side of the world does tend to eat up a lot of spare time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Wine without BS
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I have to confess that I have struggled somewhat to find many sub $50 French red wines that I could actually get excited about enough to write about. What is interesting about this is that one of the best wine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2013 at Wine without BS
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I have been wanting to hold an all American wine dinner for years now and what better timing for it than on the 4th of July! For those of you who may not already know I am moving to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Wine without BS
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Zonin family owned vineyards in Tuscany Zonin Wines is Italy's largest, family owned, vineyard and winemaking facility and produces around 25 million bottles per annum and they export all around the world. Recently I was recommended the Zonin Ripasso Valpolicella,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Wine without BS
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In a very different format than normal I thought I'd try a more direct and, for me and you, less time consuming way of giving my thoughts on a collection of wines I recently bought. When time permits I'll often... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at Wine without BS
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The guys at Xabregas are pretty serious about Shiraz... or Syrah as they prefer to call it. This is fine by me as Shiraz is one of my all time favourite varieties. So when Xabregas told me they were sending... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Wine without BS
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I have said before that Sauvignon Blanc is far down the list when it comes to white varieties that I drink regularly or look forward to drinking. However, I must confess that if more of them end up being as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Wine without BS
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(Islander Estate, Kangaroo Island) Another year gone by, another few hundred wines enjoyed and a few not so enjoyed. This year saw my Odd & Rare Varieties event introduce me to dozens of totally new wine varieties that I had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Wine without BS
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I'm going to keep this pretty short and sweet as not much more has to be said other than this is a bloody brilliant Cabernet from the ever consistent Zema Estate. Clearly 2009 was kind to the Coonawarra region and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at Wine without BS
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The name 'Dry Lands' in this premium Riesling by Galafrey Wines refers to the fact that the vines used for this wine are not irrigated as many might expect. The lack of irrigation leads to a lower yielding crop of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Wine without BS
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Both wines above are sub $20 Italian IGT red wines. The 2010 Spolverino from Carpineto is a blend whereas the 2009 Farnese is 100% Sangiovese. I didn't bother with tasting notes for either of them as neither was absolutely fantastic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Wine without BS
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As I am at the end of my American wines promotion, known as #USwineweek, I thought I would re-publish this article I found on the Wine Institute website. The original article can be found at this link - http://www.wineinstitute.org/consumerstories I've... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Wine without BS
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In my search to find a diverse range of wines from all over the United States a few wines from Arizona Stronghold were put forward and I am really glad they were. Both the white wine reviewed here and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Wine without BS
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Californian Zinfandel has to be as close to American red wine royalty as it can get! It is after all as close to being ‘American’ as are a Burger & Fries. Originating from Italy where it is known as Primitivo,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Wine without BS
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Having recently been asked to review a few US Wines for the US Consulate in Melbourne who are embarking on a Festival of Food and Wine from the United States I thought I'd share these reviews with you. I'll be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Wine without BS
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My friends at Naked Wines just forwarded me this press release and I thought it was definitely worth sharing as who wouldn't want to win a cool half a million for making wine! I wonder if my Home made Sparkling... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at Wine without BS
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(Picture shown not correct vintage) Catarratto is an Italian white grape variety native to Sicily where it is the most widely planted variety. Outside of Sicily it is still one of the most widely planted grape varieties and often used... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Wine without BS