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Monday, 26 August 2013
BOTTLING UP A VINTAGE’S PERSONALITY
Monday, 19 August 2013
Griffith loses great pioneer of wine industry
LOUIS DELPIANO ~ 13 February 1929 – 23 June 2013
Griffith has lost another great pioneer of the local wine industry with the passing of Louis Delpiano this June.
Mr Delpiano, credited with bringing the Riccadonna wine style to Australia and a central figure in the early days of winemaking in Griffith, died on June 23rd, aged 84.
He is being remembered as a true visionary. One of the first winemakers to have the skills and when he didn't have the right equipment, he would either bring it in or improvise. A man whose passion and knowledge saw him consult to more than a dozen local wineries at his peak and help revolutionise local winemaking methods.
Born Luigi Carlo Delpiano in the province of Piedmont Italy in 1929, Mr Delpiano spent his formative years as a winemaker in Spain and Argentina before boarding a ship bound for Australia in 1956.
A fellow traveller told him of the fledgling wine industry in Griffith and Mr Delpiano – with just 50 cents in his pocket – begged the Italian Consulate in Sydney for enough money for a train ticket to his future.
Within days of arrival in Griffith, he secured a job with McWilliam's and later with De Bortoli. During this period, he met Joyce Miller and the couple wed. They went on to have four children.
After leaving De Bortoli, Mr Delpiano became a consultant and contract winemaker for a number of wineries including Casella Wines, Toorak Wines, The Calabria Family and Warburn Estate.
His contacts in Europe and winemaking nous also saw him import critical equipment from overseas. Amid it all, he introduced Riccadonna and Rosso Americano Vermouth to Australia, also finding time to teach Italian at the local TAFE and act as a court interpreter.
Mr Delpiano's son Gary said while his father didn't suffer fools, he remained generous to a fault. "He liked to do things his own way but he was a wonderful friend to the people he valued," said Gary Delpiano. "Anytime someone needed something, he would always come through. He never sought recognition – all he wanted was the recognition of his family."
Louis Delpiano is survived by his wife Joyce, children and their partners Gary and Nil, Magda and Ben, Maia and Pratika and Wayne; and grandchildren Elise, Shaun, Jye and Luigina.
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Thursday, 15 August 2013
Grand Burgundy Tasting Series 2013
United Cellars presents The Grand Burgundy Tasting Series
Voted as Australia's Best Independent Online Retailer 2013 (by the 2013 Australia's Best Independent Wine Stores Competition), United Cellars brings you their annual Grand Burgundy Tasting Series this September.
Burgundy's villages have been producing wines for over 2000 years, and with over 100 appellations or sub-regions, this historically rich pocket of France is renowned for being the most terroir-oriented region in the world.
Be guided by United Cellars expert wine buyers during a 2 hour walk-about tasting (Sydney) or at a seated masterclass (Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane), and learn about the amazing quality and diversity of wines from this region. Sample and compare this exceptional selection of fine wines, including Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines, and experience why Burgundy is the most revered wine region in the world.
The journey begins with champagne & canapés on arrival, followed by a fine selection of cheeses & charcuterie with the following wines:
Dominique Cornin Pouilly Fuisse Clos Reyssie 2011
Chablis (Sydney only)
Marcel Servin Chablis 1er cru Montee de Tonnerre 2011
Marcel Servin Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2010
Dominique Cornin Macon Chaintre 2011
Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru 2009
Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres 2009
Blain-Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 2010
Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets 2010
Fontaine Gagnard Batard Montrachet 2010
Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne 2009
Ballot-Millot Volnay Taillepieds 2008
de Montille Volnay Taillepieds 2008
De Courcel Pommard Grand Clos de Epenots 2010
Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 2009
Nuits St Georges
Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges Clos des Porrets 2010
Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges Les Pruliers 2010
Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee Bossieres 2010
Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2010
Gevery Chambertin (Sydney only)
Dugat Py Gevrey-Chambertin Coeur du Roi Très Vieilles Vignes 2009
Dugat Py Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2009
When & Where: 6-8pm
12th Sept Sydney Walkabout Tasting - Royal Automobile Club
19th Sept Melbourne Seated Masterclass – Circa, The Prince
24th Sept Perth Seated Masterclass – The Trustee Bar & Bistro
26th Sept Brisbane Seated Masterclass – Sub Urbane
Bookings Essential: Sydney Tasting = $195 pp || Masterclasses = $225 pp
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Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Exciting New Wine Partnership between the Oatley and Goelet families.
Monday, 12 August 2013
MARGARET RIVER BLEND REALLY REWARDS
|REWARDING blend with penne|
pasta and a meaty tomato sauce.
|LOVE it: Margan's 2013 Shiraz|
Saignee Rosé chilled with Indian cuisine.
|SEARCH this one out to go with fish|
and salads of Thai chilli prawns.
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Treasure in the attic at Berowra Waters Inn
|2/6 Tourist Luncheon from 1938|
Available in time for Mother’s Day and until the Queen’s birthday long weekend in June, the menu will feature canapés, four courses and a pre-dessert for $120. A selection of wines chosen by Berowra Waters Inn’s sommelier to complement the menu will be available for $50. On Mother’s Day diners will be offered a complimentary glass of prosecco.
“I went up to the attic for a bit of a clear out. I was amazed to find the old menu up there, it was like finding a piece of our history,” says Geraghty. “The dishes used some beautiful fresh seafood and other produce but the cooking techniques that were popular in the 1930s, like frying and broiling, seem heavy and old-fashioned now, particularly for seafood. I want to take those ingredients and bring out their flavours and textures with lighter, more modern techniques,” he says.
Geraghty says the heritage of Berowra Waters Inn is unique: “This menu is just one example of what makes Berowra Waters Inn so special. We’re known for offering amazing food in our stunning location on the Hawkesbury River, but I can’t think of any other restaurant that can compete with our history. I find that very inspiring. With this menu we’re going to build on the quality for which Berowra Waters Inn has always been known, and refresh it to create a unique menu that will be perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day or any other special occasion between now and June.”
Berowa Waters Inn - sublime wine and food experience
Set in bush land on the beautiful Hawkesbury River and accessed only by seaplane, boat or a short trip on a private ferry, iconic dining destination Berowra Waters Inn has recently been transformed to offer a food experience like no other.
Under the guidance of new chef and owner Brian Geraghty and his highly skilled team, guests are treated to an exceptional food experience with a 4 or 7 course degustation menu designed for diners to leisurely graze their way through a story of flavours, taking time to enjoy both the food and the ever changing scenery of the river.
Wines can be expertly matched by BWI’s own Sommelier to compliment each course of the degustation menu or selected from the extensive list of Australian and International labels on offer.
Geraghty who started his career in the kitchen at the age of 14, brings a wealth of experience to Berowra Waters Inn having worked alongside some of the most influential names in modern cuisine including Sean Conolly at Astral Restaurant, Shane Osborn at two Michelin star Pied a Terre in London, and Peter Gilmore at Quay.
“It’s definitely going to be a great adventure, there’s nothing quite like this place. For the degustation we are using both traditional and modern techniques with the wonderful produce on offer here” comments Brian.
Berowra Waters Inn was designed by awards wining and highly acclaimed architect Glenn Murcutt with a distinctively Australian style that fits perfectly with the landscape and creates an oasis of calm and tranquility.
Combining stunning cuisine, and exceptional wine collection in an unrivalled location, Berowra Waters Inn is guaranteed to be a place where your experience become life-long memories.
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Two weeks till Taste Orange comes to town
Monday, 5 August 2013
TAMING OUR BIG AND JAMMY DURIFS
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Sunday, 4 August 2013
Mudgee: Lowe Wine School
Go to the top of the class with the best in your glass at the David Lowe Wine School in Mudgee.
The evening classes at Lowe Wines are informative and fun with the first roll call on 19 July.The sessions reflect the certified organic vineyard’s cellar door tastings. With tasting “flight placemats”, students are taken on a journey of differentiation of 12 wines, incorporating the three vineyards of Lowe wines and exploring elevation and meteorology.
The first three wines are white with David showcasing the varietal characteristics, quality and at the same time how to simply taste. The second batch of three wines are different examples of the same white varietals, but masked. The objective is to identify wine is which, with a bit of humour.
|Wine 101 with David Lowe|
You can follow up on your new skills the following evening at the Winemaker’s Table dinner (20 July), a food and wine dinner in the vineyards.
Bookings are essential for both events. Other Wine School classes, costing $45 per person, will be held from 5.30 – 7pm on 16 August, and every Wednesday during September.
As well as preparing for these major events, Lowe has released its yearly calendar and extended its cellar door to further upgrade outside tasting experiences.
The winery has also entered the Inland Tourism Awards, after achieving bronze last year in the State category behind Wyndham Estate and Bimbadgen. Lowe wines is holder of the triple crown of organics, best Mudgee organic wine, best NSW organic wine, and best Australian, NZ organic wine.
To learn more about what’s happening in Mudgee’s food and wine scene, tune into ABC Central West every Saturday morning for updates with David Lowe and the vineyard’s acclaimed chef, Kim Currie.
Friday, 2 August 2013
Burch Family International Pinot Noir Tasting & Lunch 2013
A CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR
Tickets on sale from Thursday, 15th August 2013. [doc]
Pinot Noir lovers are yet again invited to the highlight of the year to join Burch Family Wines celebrate the intriguing variety at the International Pinot Noir Tasting & Lunch to be held at the picturesque Howard Park Winery, Margaret River on Saturday, 5th October 2013.
A very impressive line-up of 20 Pinot Noirs will be featured, with highly regarded and interesting producers from around the world including France, Argentina, USA, Germany, New Zealand and of course our very own Australian producers who are working away at this very complex grape variety.
This event evolved from the opportunity to present the diversity of Pinot Noir, to experience Pinot from various terroir and to listen to esteemed experts in the field. The collective of guest speakers include Huon Hooke, Ken Gargett and David Wainwright.
Herb Faust, West Australian chef personality will send guests on a mesmerizing journey of food and wine utilizing the best of this season's local produce complimented with a careful selection of new-release Howard Park wines. All in all, a day of total engagement and celebration of all good things that accompany wine delicious food, iconic wines, informed speakers and great music.
HOWARD PARK INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR TASTING & LUNCH
Date: Saturday, 5 October 2013
Venue: Howard Park Winery, Margaret River
Time: 10.00am arrival, for a prompt 10.30am start, till late afternoon.
Cost: $420 per person (inclusive of tasting and lunch).
Bookings: Through the Margaret River winery: (08) 9756 5200
Tickets on sale from Thursday, 15 August 2013.
About Burch Family Wines
Burch Family Wines produce Howard Park, MadFish and Marchand & Burch wines in addition to a range of other high quality labels. The family owned winery began with the Howard Park label and now, 27 years later, crafts wines of distinct regional character from the renowned regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern. The simple philosophy of producing wines with a strong focus to quality from the vineyard to the bottle.