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ONCE BITTER, NOW MELLOW IN A TASTEBUDS TANGO

Doing the X-word and trying a new drop, called Once Bitter (pot $3.50), at the Grocery Bar on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Made by Collins St Brewing Co (new to me), I’d place this beer in the “English Pale Ale” variety, with malt and hops in sensuous sync like tango dancers at a street cafe in Buenos Aires… Argentina, Australia,...

Chateau Kirwan 1994

Chateau Kirwan 1994
Margaux Bordeaux France $200.00 Its Christmas day and I open The 1994 magnum of Chateau Kirwan Margaux. I have been hanging on to this baby for a while. So come Christmas day I pull the cork and joy for joy the wine was sound, buy this I mean it was OK. So the decanting begins double then triple followed by five times from one decanter...

Wendouree Shiraz Malbec 2001 $80.00

Decant 4 hours - Drank New Year's Day 2017 Its NYE, I have had a good sip, so I poke around in the cellar under the house that was built almost a hundred years ago and is dimly lit by a single 60 watt globe, not the house the cellar. ..and I spot a dusty bottle simply labelled Wendouree Shiraz...

Borgogno Barolo Liste DOCG 2008

Borgogno Barolo Liste 2008_1
$180.00 WARNING!!! the darkest most intense 2008 Barolo I have tasted this year. T his stuff is deep and full on from start to finish. Decant for 3 hours - Hints of what is to come begin to emerge. Dark black ripe fruit fills the nostrils as they flair wide open to sniff even harder filling the nose and lungs with...

Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2000

$200.00 Opened Sunday 11 December 2016. Produced only in excellent years. Every now and then you get to taste a wine that just blows you away this Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2000 was such a wine. This was an exceptional vintage Drink 2005 to 2030 as I was told by Ian Riggs at a BBQ and cricket match in Carlton park some...

Akashi Red Blended Whisky

500ml - 40% Red Blended Whisky – aged in bourbon cask for 2 years before finishing in sherry cask for 1 year. On Sunday a friend returned from a two week stint in Japan. The reason for this visit was to follow his hobby of miniature tree growing and to drink and eat his way to enlightenment. As luck would have...

Upton Run Reserve Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008 Strathbogie Ranges $80.00

Not widely available I have been lucky in my wine drinking life to have tucked away the odd bottle of wine, that when opened brings nothing but joy and a smile that wont go away for days. This was such a wine The 2008 Upton Run Reserve Single Vineyard Shiraz from The Strathbogie Ranges. Once again I state The Strathbogie...

Cannibal Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 $34.99

Tynong North, Vic Sunday night and I'm diving into the cellar again. Roast lamb with all the trimmings so what do I drink? A cabernet sauvignon of course something with a bit of age eight years old, that should do the trick. The wine showed an aged brick red cabernet colour around the rim. On the nose some bay leaf aged...

Elk Cove 2001 Riesling Late harvest

Willamette Valley USA $44.50 (original price tag) 750ml The beauty of having a cellar (Define Cellar; a small room or hallway broom closet or just tucked under the bed) A space set aside for the purpose of ageing wine until that special accession arrives and you finally decide to open and enjoy said bottle of wine. That time for me came about...

LA SIRENE IMPERIAL PRALINE Belgian stout Brewed at Alphington, VIC $29.00 8% AVA

OK its Winter! And its time for red wine, well No not really; its also time for dark beers, stout, porters and the new breed of full flavoured craft beers that are in the beer fridges at the few remaining independent liquor stores in Melbourne these days, real craft beers and not the CUB so called craft beers that...