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...
"I offer an alternative way to turn your back on the cold, potentially embrace some romance and enjoy a jolly good, old-fashioned drink," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"Having grapes that provide a good natural acid balance is good for winemaking as it involves less chemical intervention and additions by the winemaker," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"Such was my outrage at the time that I boycotted all French wine and food; illogically, I even stopped ordering French food at restaurants," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"His place is like a cross between the Australian suburban dream and an adult Willy Wonka factory built around the processing of grog rather than chocolate," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"The whole idea of being amusing or insouciant about a NZ and Australian wine comparison in fact left me feeling as if I was entirely missing the point," writes a distracted RICHARD CALVER in this week's wine column.
Wine columnist RICHARD CALVER wonders what's the meaning or rationale for the Old Testament Biblical names for varying bottle sizes
"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
"Perhaps Rasputin’s seeming resistance to poison built up by scoffing champagne was part of the reason he was so difficult to execute?" writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"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
"It is sharing moments of good food, good wine but above all good friends that marks the best in life." We find wine columnist RICHARD CALVER in a mellow mood.
Wine columnist-cum-lawyer RICHARD CALVER offers a little free legal advice to surviving Christmas parties...
"Drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing. I can’t forget that research," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
Canberra wine week starts on April 5, but last night wine columnist RICHARD CALVER was lucky enough to join an exclusive dinner to get things started.
"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.
"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
"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
"The flavour of wine is not only experienced via the tongue. In fact, the mouth distinguishes only rudimentary information on sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"The enjoyment of wine is a matter of taste... it's a pity that a person would buy wines just based on someone else’s rating," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"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