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...

Wine / Warm, cosy and deliciously mulled

"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

Calver / Asking the acid question

"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

Wine / Finding ways of forgiving the French

"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

Wine / From the Fog comes the fun

"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

Inner-self aches over a couple of pinots

"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 / 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

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 / Message in a (champagne) bottle

"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

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

A termite walks into a bar…

"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.

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...

Wine / Oeufly good memories when fizz meets eggs

"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

Strike me lucky, it’s almost wine week

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.

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.

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

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

Wine / Flavour comes from taste and smell

"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

Wine / What’s the point to point scoring?

"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

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

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