Wine / ‘Charlie’ shares the love of Canberra wine

"Cagil 'Charlie' Dagseven is energetically passionate about Canberra, its wine and the 'educated people' for whom he makes coffee and pours wine," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

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 / Pouring over a taste of bad service

"I didn’t expect a poured glass of white wine with a hand wrapped around it like it was a brick to be thrown to be suddenly plonked down in front of me," writes RICHARD CALVER

Wine / An ‘acid bomb’ from the cold climes

“The Carpenters, who founded Lark Hill, are reputedly the first to have planted gruner veltliner in Australia. It does well at the altitude of the Lark Hill winery,” writes RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Savouring a little spontaneity

"The wine list was a blur. I had failed to bring my reading glasses! So, when I saw a bottle of Long Rail Gully pinot noir, I breathed out with relief," writes RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Spare the stupor and raise a glass to love

"No matter how you celebrate or what you celebrate with family and friends, make sure that you have at least one toast to your fellow man, to the centrality of love," writes 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!

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 / With nary a word of contention

"The range and depth of the proffered wines at tasting didn’t disappoint but I doff my cap to the rieslings," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Wine / ‘Lesser’ wines with warm memories

"This is a tale of two 'lesser' wines that gave sublime enjoyment where context is everything; the place, the company you keep and the situation delivers the most worthwhile of memories," writes RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Challenging the old story of young wine

"Being young does not necessarily mean you are vibrant; being old does not necessarily mean you are wise. It depends on the individual," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Swirling memories from a glass of fizz

"The pink in a glass of fizz evoked the memory of a date in the early 1970s with a lovely woman who was wearing hot pants in a vibrant, eye-watering pin," remembers RICHARD CALVER.

Wine / Comfort of a King Valley tasting

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

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

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Wine / The big larrikin meets a sissy aristocrat

"The tasting notes on the Burge rear label show the winemaker’s frustration with stereotypical winespeak and the hyperbole that seems to abound when wine is being described," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Wine / When to let that bottle go

"To partially emulate Con the Fruiterer, three days I reckon is the most you can keep opened table wines… At that point, the better alternative to drinking the stuff is to use it as a drain cleaner," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Forgiveness, a virtue of a decent red

"Age had certainly taken what I bought years ago as a middle-order wine into something quite extraordinary, where smooth hung out like an old hipster," says wine writer RICHARD CALVER

Wine / Discovering the secrets of sangria

"Oh, goodness, it’s filled with ice and does indeed taste delicious, but all the flavours aren’t registering," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER, stumped by the secrets of sangria

Wine / Putting the pinks to the taste test

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Wine / Feeling the love, but it takes 10 years

"I think that even though semillon is unloved by the market I am going to keep looking for bargains where there is the potential to have a truly excellent wine," says wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

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