Happy reading

At a recent lunch a customer said to me, “I love Italian wine but I want to know more, what can I do?”. The answer is simple: read, read, taste, visit (if you can), taste, read and read some more.…

Jancis on Tenuta San Leonardo

Recently, Jancis Robinson published a fantastic article on Trentino’s Tenuta San Leonardo following a tasting of all vintages back to the inaugural 1982.

San Leonardo is simply one of the great wines of Italy and the history of the estate …

Cellar palate

A good mate often teases me about having a cellar palate. We started out buying wine together in 1996, splitting cases of Moss Wood, Cullen, Giaconda, Jasper Hill and Mt Langhi (for about $30 a bottle back then), and I …

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s a Super Tuscan

What is a Super Tuscan anyway?

When you choose to make a living working with Italian wine, a critical component to your success is EDUCATION.

There is one question about Italian wine that I’m asked more than anything else: What …

Turning 18 again

Today, I am feeling nostalgic. This year Trembath & Taylor turns 18. Not old, but in the wine industry that’s like dog years. In 1994, following two years in Milano, Michael Trembath and Virginia Taylor returned to Australia and established …

Associazione Italiana Sommelier

Franco Ziliani, leading blogger, writer and commentator on Italian wine, recently interviewed me for the AIS – Associazione Italiana Sommelier – on all things Italian wine in Australia. Click to read in Italian or a transcript here in English

Italian in ‘the Jura’ – Part II

Part II of our trip to Chalmers Nurseries, featuring a mini photo essay on some of Italy’s red grapes.

The first photos are of two clones of Sangiovese (don’t worry, it’s not too technical). VCR 5, from Vivai C

Italian in ‘the Jura’

Despite being fortunate enough to visit Italy on a regular basis, our busiest time is during their harvest so I’m yet to see grapes on the vine. This weekend, squadra slp had a road trip to ‘the Jura’ (as in …