The Hunter Valley Wine Show

I’ve just returned from a week’s judging at the Hunter Valley Wine Show, a couple of hours north of Sydney. It was a fascinating week, both in terms of the wines themselves and the Australian approach to judging – I’ll be writing about both in more detail in due course. The last day of judging week sees the Celebration Luncheon where 500 of the Valley’s wine professionals get dolled up and…

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Two Decanter tastings: Germany and Rhone

When it comes to organising tastings, Decanter, as you might expect, are pretty adept - their tasting room in London is one of my favourite places to work through a lot of wines. I've participated a couple of panel tastings there recently, covering two of my favourite styles. The first is 'Value Rhone' (less than £18 a bottle) in the July 2016 edition (with Joanna Simon from The Wine Gang and…

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