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Corymbia Red 2014 $40.00

Corymbia
As fine wine imports manager for a large Australian wine retail group I have had the pleasure of drinking some wonderful wines from around the world. So whenever I see an Australian version of a Spanish, Italian or French grape variety I jump on it with glee. I must also admit I judge them quite hard as I have MY...

Chestnut Hill Pinot Nior 2012 $35.00

As a teenager I grew up in South Gippsland, cattle country as it was back then, And as the school bus passed by the turn off to Pakenham each morning. I had not the slightest clue that grapes would one day grow there. More to the fact did I even consider that One day I would make a living working...

The Drago Tree – review by Juliet Butler

It’s getting on for two years since The Drago Tree was released by Odyssey Books. Reviews still trickle in and feedback is always warm, sometimes glowing. My publisher is so passionate about the story they have arranged for it to be translated into Spanish, and are releasing it themselves in Australia and worldwide in August. Bucking the trend to release...

Our Lady of the Inferno by Preston Fassell – review

Our Lady of the Inferno is a gripping story of redemption and revenge set against the backdrop of New York’s 42nd Street and its sleazy underbelly. There is much in this novel to please the horror aficionado and the average reader alike. “Spring, 1983. Sally Ride is about to go into space. Flashdance is a cultural phenomenon. And in Times...

DE BORTOLI – YARRA VALLEY RESERVE RELEASE CHARDONNAY – 2011

$25.99 at time of purchase Opened this 2011 now with 15 years age with great anticipation, I had been promised by my rep a French style Chardonnay 14 years ago and this is what I got. Light glowing straw in colour almost translucent. On the nose a hint of cool river stone and mineral followed by the loving buttery whiff of...

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...

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...

Charlatan by Kate Braithwaite

CHARLATAN is based on the Affair of the Poisons that scandalized Paris in 1679. In a hovel in the centre of Paris, the fortune-teller La Voisin holds a black mass, summoning the devil to help an unnamed client keep the love of Louis XIV. Three years later, Athenais, Madame de Montespan, the King’s glamorous mistress, is nearly forty. She has borne...

REVIEW OF QUO VADIS HOLIDAYS EUROPEAN APERITIF

Travel Review by Lisa Romeo Having just completed a 21 day tour of Europe I have the desire to share my experience and give praise, where praise is due. My tour was run by Quo Vadis Holidays, a company founded by Director Tim Kozma, a Port Melbourne based young gentleman with great passion for his vocation. (For a fascinating background...

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