Wine is an all encompassing life-long study: buy a bottle, pour a glass, look at the colour, savour the bouquet then taste. Where is it from? The country – the area, the climate, the soil, the people. And then for me the special question. What dish can I serve it with? I have been a passionate cook forever but over the last two decades that last question has fascinated me and I just had to learn more. My studies took me to Plumpton College where I gained an advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust. Plumpton may only be a short distance from my home but since then the study of wine has led me around the world: throughout every wine-making area in Europe; likewise Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. On the home front I am presently the Vice-Chairperson of the Eastbourne Wine Society and belong to several other wine clubs across Sussex. I do enjoy presenting wines, talking at length about them and hoping to enthuse others to become devotees and connoisseurs! Hailsham Cellars is my local independent wine merchant of choice and their massive range of the world’s best wines in shop and warehouse is inspirational.
Taste is such a personal experience but I hope to introduce you to and tell you about some really interesting wines over the next few months and, if you allow me, to make some suggestions as to which wine would nicely match the particular dish you are preparing.
Love the wine, and greetings from Victoria South to all our friends around the world!
Welcome back to the UK, two great wineries
Founded in 1976 by Brian Croser, Petaluma operates what they call a “distinguished vineyards” philosophy. This is crafting ultra-premium wines by specially selecting the best sites within a particular area suited to a chosen grape variety, built on the old world belief of planting the right varieties for individual vineyards in a specific wine region. The wines of Petaluma are a singular exploration of this founding belief.
Petaluma pioneered planting vines in the Adelaide Hills, and now have carefully selected vineyard sites in the three regions of the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Coonawarra in South Australia. They pioneered planting in the Adelaide Hills
Always at the heart of Petaluma’s winemaking is attention to detail and stringent quality focus, with constant evolution and refinement, driven by a team of experienced winemakers and viticulturists who maintain the rigour and excitement that encapsulates the Petaluma spirit.
A pioneering winery, one of the first in the region, situated on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsular, about an hour’s drive southeast of Melbourne. Stonier was established in 1978 by Brian Stonier and his wife Noel in the coastal town of Merricks. Stonier are renowned for being one of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in Australia. The cool maritime climate is ideal for these noble varieties, and they making wines from some of the oldest vines in the region, using the Burgundian model of expression of the vineyard site, reflecting the imprint of the terroir – they also produce four single vineyard Pinot Noirs