Calver / A glass of nostalgia brings back bad taste

"Hey, I remember watching Michael Jackson when he was black and I remember dancing disco style in a hectic but unco-ordinated way. I’m sure if I drank enough Sable I could do the same right now.

Wine / Comfort of a King Valley tasting

The Victorians have produced fine examples of Italian-inspired wines, writes expert RICHARD CALVER

Wine / To be Frank, it’s all about the blend

For Frank Arnold, when it comes to reds, it has to a blend, writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER, who turns up with a shiraz!

A mushroom walks into a bar…

Wine writer RICHARD CALVER shares some funny sides of fungi and the mixed results of using red and white wine when cooking mushrooms.

Parties / Don’t get blasted, focus on the quality

Wine columnist-cum-lawyer RICHARD CALVER offers a little free legal advice to surviving Christmas parties...

Calver / Shattering a couple of glass legends

"The coupe glass is out of favour because it just doesn’t do justice to fizz. The large surface area of coupe glasses means the bubbles pop off far too quickly so the better choice is a flute," says wine writer RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Steve knows how to make a big Barossa red

Steve Kurtz is a Barossa winemaker who knows how to make full-bodied wine. Wine writer RICHARD CALVER says his favourite is the 2016 Lunar Block shiraz, which is Steve's flagship wine.

Wine / The ways of wine with food

"Food with a good matching wine is lifted out of the ordinary and, goodness knows, we all need to step out of the daily quagmire of our lives whenever we can," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

The hedonistic call from hibernation

"Shiraz is often thought to be Australia’s premium grape variety. That is certainly my opinion," writes our hibernating wine columnist RICHARD CALVER. 

Wine / Dinner table battle of the rosés

"We pitted a Canberra district rosé against one from SA. Both were pinot derived and from the 2018 vintage," writes RICHARD CALVER, setting the scene for battle of the rosés.

Calver / Beautiful berries and the promise of a good vintage

"The plump grape bunches are ready to pluck. Prayers are said to the weather gods, as Bacchus awaits his lusty play (I live in hope, obviously)," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Pip to pulp, cab-sav takes some beating

"The wine was opened and the gorgeous ripe blackcurrant flavours with a firm but very smooth finish needed no food to induce a vindication of my purchase," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Wine / What friends know about you

"The Italian soft reds went well with a bowl of value-for-money pasta in a dimly lit café that offered romance based on the affinity between chianti and tomato-based dishes," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

How a movie sent merlot sideways

"Seeing the movie 'Sideways' again got me thinking about how unfair the insecure hero is towards merlot and how I now want to slap him," writes our normally passive wine columnist RICHARD CALVER.

Sarah’s sweet riesling has an acid bite

Sarah Collingwood, the CEO of Four Winds, says their riesling was designed to be food friendly. “Yes, we went for a light, citrusy, refreshing flavour, a little sweet but with a bit of an acid bite," she tells wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Strange encounters when wine arrives

"A popular restaurant full to the brim, ended up offering me a free bottle because of the five wines I ordered sequentially, none of them were in stock," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Half dry does a full job with spicy food

IT was a friend’s birthday. She puts up with my lame jokes. The joke of the night was told amidst the usual groan. “Hey, did...

Wallet-crushing in search for ‘something spectacular’

"I wanted something spectacular. On the wine list were a couple of Barolo’s, the Italian wine from the Piedmont region made entirely from the varietal Nebbiolo," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER stepping out for the first time in a while. 

Wine / Near miss from the wheel of fortune

"When is a bicycle not a bicycle? When it turns into a winery. Which we did a lot of, responsibly, sadly spitting out a lot of the wine once tasted. True, officer!" writes RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Michael Jackson, bottles and bull

Wine columnist RICHARD CALVER wonders what's the meaning or rationale for the Old Testament Biblical names for varying bottle sizes

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