Category Archives: Australia

McLaren Vale’s Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard: 2014 Releases

We recently had the opportunity to taste the 2014 releases of the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale.   The four wines reviewed here showed very well  just as they did in the 2013 vintage, which we also tasted.   The wines … Continue reading

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New Releases from Down Under: Zonte’s Footstep, 3 Sisters & A Brother, and Wakefield

Zonte’s Footstep Zonte’s Footstep was established in 2003 in Langhorne Creek, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. We recently met up with Brad Rey, Director and Winemaker, to taste several of their new releases. Brad studied studied winemaking … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale’s Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard: 2013 Releases

Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard is one Australia’s iconic vineyards.  It was established by Alan Hickinbotham in 1971 in McLaren Vale, and over the years has been the source of fruit for some of Australia’s finest wines including Penfolds Grange and Hardy’s … Continue reading

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Wakefield of Australia: New Releases

Wakefield (Taylor’s)* is a family owned and operated winery that has been in operation for three generations.  It was founded over 45 years ago by Bill Taylor, a Clare Valley wine merchant, and he is still actively involved in its … Continue reading

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Casella Wines New Releases: 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1919 Shiraz

These two wines represent a new venture for the enormously successful producers of Australia’s Yellow Tail.   They are the first super premium wines brought to market late last year by Casella.   The grapes are sourced from premium vineyards across South … Continue reading

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Selections from Wakefield (Taylor’s) of Clare Valley in Australia

Wakefield (Taylor’s) is a family owned and operated winery that has been in operation for three generations.  It was founded over 40 years ago by Bill Taylor, a Clare Valley wine merchant and is still managed by Bill Sr. and … Continue reading

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Yellow Tail: An Australian-Sicilian-American Success Story

Yellow Tail is a family winery (Casella Wines) in New South Wales that is one of the wine world’s most phenomenal success stories. It recently relaunched its Reserve line to offer its customers a step up in quality. A brand … Continue reading

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Affairs of the Vine 7th Annual Pinot Noir Shoot Out

  Affairs of the Vine, the California-based wine education and corporate team building events organization, recently completed its 7th Annual Pinot Noir Shoot Out.This unique annual event brings together hundreds of Pinot Noirs from California and across the world for … Continue reading

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Tasting Taylor’s Wakefield Wines at Marcel’s Restaurant

Earlier this week I attended a superb tasting and dinner at Marcel’s Restaurant in DC which was hosted by Jim Caudill of Brown-Forman for Neil Hadley, Marketing Director of theTaylorfamily’s Wakefield Vineyards inClare ValleyAustralia.It was a great opportunity to taste … Continue reading

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