Sunday 06 January, 2013

A Wine for Fi: 2010 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py

Modern Cru Beaujolais must be some of the best value bottles available in the Aussie market place; offerings from Chignard, Foillard, Vissoux and Burgaud all display a distinct sense of place, whilst referencing the human element of these wines and their makers’ philosophy – and they’re tasty! And they’re all roughly under $60 retail (with [...]

Sunday 23 December, 2012

A Wine for Fi: NV Marie-Courtin Resonance Blanc de Noirs

Grower-producer Marie-Courtin is based in the Cote des Bar village of Polisot. The 100% Pinot Noir Resonance cuvée is sourced from a single vineyard rich in clay and limestone. Vinification involves stainless steel for initial elevage and no sugar is added at disgorgement. Fi’s thoughts: Deep straw with a bronze hue and a medium, persistent [...]

Sunday 16 December, 2012

A Wine for Fi: 2010 Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Montmain

What I hope will be an ongoing segment on I Love Riesling, Wine for Fi was born out of my inability, due to the obvious tyranny of distance issues, to regularly taste with good mate and highly respected Seppeltsfield winemaker, Fi Donald. The premise is relatively simple: 1. I select a wine 2. Two bottles [...]

Friday 07 December, 2012

I’m Back

Like a zombie from Dawn of the Dead, the I Love Riesling blog returns after a fairly intense four month hiatus. I have excuses; namely the August arrival of my daughter Frances Mary Hogan (I’ll jump in before anyone else – thank Christ she looks like her mother), show judging at the SIWC in the [...]

Tuesday 21 August, 2012

My Obsession

Recently, I was asked to explain how I found myself enmeshed in the world of wine. That is to say, how did I become a card-carrying-cork-dork-wine-geek? What is it about wine that distracted me from my original calling as a political theory scholar? How did wine displace my second calling as a highly unsuccessful underground [...]

Saturday 28 July, 2012

The Weekend Australian Releases the Hot 50 Restaurant List

The Weekend Australian released their Hot 50 Restaurant List this morning with a couple of notable omissions and a number of inspired inclusions. I’m very proud to announce that Lake House made the cut for another year; a big congrats to Dave Green’s kitchen team, Restaurant Manager Abdel Bennani and the rest of the FOH, [...]

Friday 27 July, 2012

Beer Swills: The Wine Survivalist

The love child of Bear Grylls and Robert Parker Jr, Beer Swills – the original wine survivalist is coming to your screens in the not too distant future. For a sneak peak at his long awaited series Man Vs Wine, check out the trailer here.

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Thursday 19 July, 2012

Vote #1 I Love Riesling

I’m delighted, but shocked, to announce my often neglected little blog is a finalist for Best New Blog in the Wine Blog Awards. A big I Love Riesling shout out to my contributors, my readers (apparently more than just my mum), the Code Name Max peoples, wifey and the Wine Blog Awards crew for naming [...]

Thursday 19 July, 2012

Tasting with a Future Superstar: Jean-Luc Mader

Every now and again, you stumble across someone whom you overwhelming feel is destined for greatness; I’m sure Terry Jenner felt it quite strongly and distinctly when first discovering an overweight, bleach blonde, smoking 21 year old Shane Warne (I know I was overcome by it when I read about his exploits in Colombo in [...]

Thursday 28 June, 2012

A Visit to the Good Doctor: Dr. Bürklin-Wolf

After an early morning flight from Vienna to Frankfurt, itself following a late night Burgenland Wein Party and BBQ, the crew took the autobahn, albeit at a disappointingly pedestrian pace, south to the Pfalz – the highly respected dry Riesling producing region – for a reinvigorating appointment with one of Germany’s iconic producers, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf. Despite a [...]