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The world is changing hourly: COVID-19 at the beginning of April 2020

As of midnight on Monday 30th March, Victoria in Australia is now in Stage 3.  So playgrounds, beaches and gyms are closed and social distancing goes up another level, groups of more than 2 (apart from family) gathering is not…

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The world is changing: COVID-19

Having worked  in the wine trade since 2003 and passed the Diploma in Wines & Spirits, I have enjoyed analysing, tasting and assessing wines. I can spend hours reviewing the acidity, structure and flavour profiles of wine as well as…

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Exploring the family-owned wineries and breweries in South Australia

There are so many wineries and breweries to visit in McLaren Vale. I love exploring them all and also seeing how passionate the owners are taking that step to build their business in a very competitive market. McCarthy's Orchard I…

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Pirate Life in Port Adelaide

Pirate Life moved into Port Adelaide, into a renovated old warehouse in March earlier this year.  This new brewery in the old Dalgety woolstores houses 24 taps, a Pirate Life merchandise shop, a barbershop (Robbie's Chop Shop) with space for…

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Child friendly wineries in the Barossa

Loving visiting wineries on the weekend, when time allows, I have visited many in McLaren Vale along with hubby and son. The Barossa Valley is home to some fantastic wineries and great cellar doors which are child friendly I have…

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What is a craft beer?

In the past, I had always found beer ‘heavy’ and very filling and would feel bloated post drink. But now with the huge range of interesting craft beers made with the different styles of hops, barley and infusions of fruit,…

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Child friendly wineries in McLaren Vale

Child friendly wineries....children and wine tastings...do they or can they go together? Can you take your child/children to a winery and can both parties have an enjoyable day? Yes, they can....and on an afternoon with parents, adults and open spaces,…

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Cava in Barcelona

I headed to Barcelona for a few days back in July. It was wonderful to be in a busy city with the beach on the doorstep, being able to stroll around some of the famous sites and sample a selection…

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Wineries to visit in the Luberon (and Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

If you head over to France and want to avoid the crowds, discover hidden gems and less crowded wineries, then head to the Luberon region which borders Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and the town of Aix-en-Provence to the south. Being based here…

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Exploring Tasmania

Back in February, I headed to Tasmania to see family. While I was there I had the opportunity to go to a few wineries and explore Hobart. Based in Launceston, we were ideally located to explore the beautiful landscapes as well…

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Cellar Door Fest in Adelaide

Earlier this month I went to Cellar Door Fest in Adelaide. Located over the weekend, at the Exhibition Centre, it was a great opportunity to meet winemakers as well as of course taste their wines. Talking to producers is so…

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Summer days and rosé wine from South Australia

South Australian Rosé I love rosé, the texture, the styles, the varieties, the varietals. But what I love most is the dry style plus discovering how different grape varieties can make these amazing wines. We all know that Provençal rosé…

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Happy New Year

After Christmas I headed to Robe, a beautiful fishing town about 330 kilometres south east of Adelaide on the Limestone Coast. It is an old town, with all its colonial houses from the 1850s/1860s but with a young feel. Plus…

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Rooftop and cocktail bars in Adelaide

With a population of just under 1.2 million, I was suprised to discover some cool bars in Adelaide. They all seem to be within walking distance and have some cool, different and great views. Here are my top so far....I've…

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A trip to the Barossa

Yesterday I headed to the Barossa with some friends who love wine just as much as I do. It was almost surreal driving by vineyards I had tasted and studied, it was fantastic to be able to spend the day…

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Young Gun of Wine Uncut in Adelaide

On Saturday I went to the Young Gun of Wine Uncut in Adelaide. It was held at Mothervine and East End Cellars from 12-3pm. 30 winemakers displaying 60 wines were there to talk, describe and explain about their styles, their…

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Beer and Bubbles on Vardon Avenue

Wine and beer tasting in Adelaide On Saturday, I went to Beer and Bubbles on Vardon Avenue which started at 12 noon and ended at 5pm. I arrived at 12 sharp as I knew it would soon become crowded and…

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Visiting the Adelaide Hills

On Saturday I headed off to the Adelaide Hills for the very first time. I was really looking forward to it having only ever read about the wine region, starting when I did my WSET Advanced Certificate and Diploma. Then…

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Ferment the Festival

Yesterday I headed to Ferment the Festival  on the last day of a weekend celebrating all things fermented. I’ve since read that the festival director, Kris Lloyd is very passionate about all things fermented.  Held in Rundle Park, in the…

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A Trip to McLaren Vale

I’ve just moved to Adelaide from Perth. For me it’s a new town; I’ve never been here before and have no friends here but while studying the WSET Advanced Certificate and Diploma I learnt a lot about the regions, in…

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Villages to visit in Provence

Provence borders Italy on the east with the famous Côte d'Azur/French Riviera to the south and to Avignon to the west and the start of the Rhone Valley up to just south of Grenoble. It is a huge region and…

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Rosé

I really enjoy tasting and drinking rosé. It’s not just the flavour profiles but also the association. I can’t help but reminisce of summer when I taste rosé. I feel privileged to be able to taste with the Liquor Barons…

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Exploring Provence on a bike

Cabrières-d'Avignon to Roussillon to Bonnieux The sweet smell of a Provencal summer is just delightful after having had a cold for most of the Australian winter. I feel privileged to be able to visit Provence where I can rest up,…

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Developing Your Palate

I love trying and tasting new wines; developing the palate with different grape varieties and styles is always worth exploring.  And tasting wines from Italy, France and Australia is the perfect way to spend a rainy day! I think we…