Australia

Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year: Joshua Cooper

While Joshua is a young guy, he is not in experience as he has been making wine for the majority of his life.  His quick rise to the top of his craft, while continuing learning more each day, has been rewarded by being named the ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Gourmet Traveller, the most respected […]
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We Lost a Great One…

Monday, October 12th the world, and the wine world in particular, lost a true legend and force in the industry.  Taras Ochota sadly passed away leaving the wine world with a huge hole.  Taras was an innovator, game changer, and universally loved by his peers.  His wife Amber along with assistant winemaker Louis Schofield will […]
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Australia

Steve Crawford (AKA Frederick Stevenson) becomes the first ever two-time Young Gun winner!

For the first time in its illustrious history, the Winemaker’s Choice at the Young Gun of Wine Awards has a repeat winner.  Steve Crawford first won the award in 2015 (splitting it with Michael Downer) and then followed up with a repeat performance in 2020.  This is arguably the most important of the Young Gun […]
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Australia

When Life Gives you Smoke… Embrace It – VHS Wines

2020 was simply put a shitty year on a global scale but very few places really felt it the way Australia did, and it started fast and hot right out of the gates with widespread and destructive wildfires throughout the country.  ABC News interviewed a number of winemakers about their plans, or lack thereof, to […]
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A Vinous Reckoning…Australia’s Stripes are a Changing

“The blockbusters are still there…as are the Australian classics from longtime producers. But today, Australia has a thriving natural wine culture, as well as a number of producers who are achieving finesse and grace.”          – Eric Asimov, The New York Times Eric Asimov had a glimpse of what to expect on his […]
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Luke Lambert and his Love of Nebbiolo as told by Eric Asimov of the NY Times

Luke is one of the original gangtas so to speak of the ‘next chapter’ of Australia now nearly twenty years on with his eponymous label.  In 2010 he began to make a bit of Nebbiolo from the Denton Vineyard in the Yarra Valley and nine years later he and Rosalind have purchased land to plant […]
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Democratic Bubbly… The Wines of Tim Wildman, MW

Tim is the first to argue that natural wine is more ‘democratic’ than more conventional examples and for this comparative sense he means Champagne.  Tim is one of the foremost experts on Australian wine and organizes the annual sommelier and retail pilgrimages to Oz on his James Busby Trips.  A few years back Tim wanted […]
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Dave Geyer profiled by ‘Young Gun of Wine’

Dave was a 2018 finalist for ‘Young Gun of Wine’ and his recent work with Pete Schell of Spinifex is only a small part of his story.  Dave comes from a long line of growers in the Barossa and his work at Lammershoek (alongside Jurgen Gouws of Intellego and Craig Hawkins of Testalonga) as well […]
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Ten Questions with Drew Noon, MW

Drew Noon is one of a very small handful of Masters of Wine on the planet, least of all in Australia as there are only 24 on the island continent.  He is one of the most thoughtful, caring and truly genuine people one will ever encounter and that soul is evidenced in his wines. Milton […]
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