A case for why I really should drink more Alsatian Muscat, in the privacy of my own mind.

Standing in a bottle shop, swirling yet another insipid new age styled Grenache with too much VA or nail varnish and my mind can't help but wander and look around. Seeing some tall skinny bottles and I wander over. There amongst the Rieslings from around the world, a lone bottle of Muscat from Alsace and …

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Wonderful discovery, revisited

Made a wonderful discovery while travelling in Penedes, Spain. A region famed for Cava, Spain's alternative to Champagne except with more of a twist using native varietals like Xarel.lo, Macabeo and Parellada. Each contributes it's own unique quality to the blend, with Xarel.lo giving freshness and acidity, Macabeo giving delicate florals and texture when aged …

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2009 Waverley Estate Reserve Semillon

A: Bright and enticing medium gold N: Slightly muted bouquet of lemon curd, wildflowers, apricot and slathering of butter. Still developing. P: A low alcohol wine with juicy acidity and high glycerol gives a full body palate with beautifully developed flavours of apricot, zesty lemon, lemon curd, and that beautiful oiliness of an older Sem. …

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…at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge, where Riesling dreams come true…

Last time I waxed lyrical on the subject of Riesling...well, I spent a weekend drinking, slurping, swirling and sniffing Riesling. We talked about it, discussed and analysed...and I'm more in love with the grape then ever before. The morning of Saturday 15 October started with the opportunity to taste...514 Rieslings! Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, …

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