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  • October Mixed Dozen 2016 - The Hidden Gems of Italy

    Italian wine is some of the most versatile and food friendly wine on the planet. It is an intricate part of culinary life and the wines – red or white - generally have a boisterous acidity that perfectly pairs with food. The Italian Oenological giants are well known and some are present here, but we have tried to move off the beaten track slightly. The far North, known primarily for the dominance of Barolo, is also home to some of the world...


  • The Great White Hope - Brash Higgins 2016 Whites

    Brad Hickey has a story to tell that most people in the wine world would die for: ex-superstar sommelier in New York city who was lured to Australia to work in the McLaren Vale and make wines from his in-laws' tiny estate. You rarely get this information out of the big man though, he just wants to talk about his wine, other people's wine, vineyards, food and life. These tiny batch, incredibly personal, highly unique and...


  • Chateauneuf du Pape 2013's

    Wine lovers who gravitate toward structured Châteauneuf-du-Papes are going to be thrilled by the style of the 2013s.  JOSH RAYNOLDS

    2013 began with a miserably cold, rain-plagued spring. Temperatures rarely exceeded 40 degrees Fahrenheit through May. Grenache, in particular, had difficulty flowering and the resulting fruit set was down dramatically, especially in younger vines. A warm summer and fall allowed the harvest to...


  • Bordeaux En Primeur 2015

    Welcome to our Bordeaux en primeur campaign for 2016. 

    This offer contains all wines still available and I have listed the new wines first by left and right bank. Please note this year allocations are limited and many of the rare wines are only available in very small quantities on first offer.

    Neal Martin has called this an excellent vintage for the Right Bank, with the heavier clay more suited to vintage conditions. However it...


  • Riesling Holy Trinity 2016 France Germany and Austria

    Ahh Riesling. For those of us who have been already been captured by its charms, it's no great revelation that the grape deserves our reverence. For winemakers its appeal lies in its ability to express terroir and with minimal intervention, its true spirit positively emanates from the glass. A variety known for its beguiling aromatics and humming with plenty of natural acidity, its appeal is endless.
    You may be already aware of...


  • Songs of the South Sicily and Mt Etna

    There is much to like about Sicily’s wines. For example, prices are generally not high, even for famous, high-quality reds and exciting dry and sweet whites. The island is also home to many native grapes whose considerable quality potential has only recently become clear. It’s not surprising that the likes of Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese have rightly gained fans the world over. Carricante, a white grape, is now rightly viewed as one...


  • Northern Rhone Saturday with Brett Crittenden

    We are delighted to welcome Brett Crittenden to the store, Guigal brand ambassador for over a decade there are few people more familiar with the wines of the Northern Rhone and the Guigal family. We tasted these wines at VinExpo in Hong Kong with Philip Guigal and the 2012, 2013 and 2014 (whites) releases are all brilliant- possessing power with a freshness of acidity. This is a fantastic line up and Brett will be instore.

    2012 Vintage...


  • Marion Amarone 2016 Release

    The Marion Amarone is one of the top wines of Veneto, simple as that. Galloni
    Every year the whole range of wines tasted is flawless. Gambero Rosso
    I was quite simply blown away by the wines I tasted at Marion. ROBERT PARKER 

    The hottest winery in Veneto? Well, there are several. But one of them is without question Marion. Stefano and Nicoletta Campedelli run this impeccable small estate on the eastern outskirts of Verona...


  • Island Onslaught - Tassie

    The Prince Wine Store meet a range of winemakers from the mainland each week, and when posed the question if they could make wine anywhere in Australia, a common answer points to Tasmania. Climate change being a key reason.
    There has been a steady migration of high-profile winemakers such as Jim Chatto, Shaw + Smith, Brown Brothers, to name a few all wanting a little stake in the premium fruit available on the Island. Sparkling wine is...


  • Three Great SA Producers

    We’ve seen a change in wines from South Australia over the last decade. Gone are the over-oaked and extracted wines of the 1990s and we’ve welcomed a new wave of producers who prize fresher fruit profiles and finer acidities.
    Over the last few months we’ve see a string of excellent new releases from South Australia and this tasting is a selection of three producers from SA who are producing excellent, drinkable and interesting wines. Jericho...


  • Awesome Aussie Riesling

    My first great Riesling experience was drinking a bottle of Best's Great Western from 1977 at a restaurant.  The wine was truly a revelation but what is amazing about the story is that little ol' me was able to actually afford to drink a wine older than myself; and at restaurant prices too!  This is where Aussie Riesling succeeds like perhaps no other wine in that it manages to achieve the holy trinity of greatness, ageability...


  • Yarra Valley Renaissance Sydney

    Over the course of the year we are on the hunt for producers that offer wines dedicated to a place and made by dedicated producers. Every time this conversation occurs we are naturally geared towards the Yarra Valley. There isn't really a greater region in Australia at the moment that is showing such a wide variety of wines, at a serious level, and at accessible prices.

    2015 was an exceptional year. Winter of 2014 saw higher than average...


  • Heathcote Mini Expo - Shiraz and Friends

    Soil type announces itself in Heathcote like nowhere else. The region lies on a geographical fault and tumultuous activity over 100s of millions of years has exposed, amongst other things, ancient Cambrian rock estimated at 500 million years old intermixed with diverse range of soils.
    Henning Rathjen (great-grandfather of Whistling Eagle's Rathjen) was thought to plant the region's first vineyard in the 1860s following the gold...


  • Yarra Yering Dinner with Sara Crowe

    I’m prepared to believe Sarah Crowe has ESP or some method of seeing the future. How else would someone whose professional career has been in the Hunter Valley have two Flying Winemaker stints in Oregon with Adelsheim Vineyard and Ponzi Vineyards respectively? Her third Flight was to Paul Jaboulet Aîné in 2008, the connection with syrah/shiraz obvious. But there was nothing to suggest she would be heading to the Yarra Valley in the foreseeable...


  • Super Tuscans at Essendon

    The origins of the Super Tuscan hark back to the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rochetta settled on the Tuscan coast in Bolgheri.  He imported Cabernet Sauvignon from Chateau Lafite and started making wine for himself and his family.  Word spread and the wine was a hit; perhaps most fortuitously with a cousin Piero Antinori (whose family was, and still is, Italy's most famous wine family).  Finally in 196...


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