"How do I know there were four young thieves? The act was caught on CCTV and their faces revealed to me and, subsequently, to the police," writes wine writer RICHARD CALVER
"You decant for two basic reasons: to give wine a chance to breathe and to see off any deposits that might clag up the taste. It’s reds you decant; whites rarely benefit," writes RICHARD CALVER
"In Canberra, no sooner do I taste a wine these days than I find myself pontificating to see whether or not it is 'good' and whether and why I like it," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"As I sipped on the Pennyweight 2014 Beechworth Pinot Noir, with its lingering red fruit finish, I agreed with James Halliday that this place is a vinous El Dorado," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER
"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
The Victorians have produced fine examples of Italian-inspired wines, writes expert 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
"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
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“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
"We arrived to be greeted by a wonderful vista, revealed through ceiling-to-floor glass that shows the golds and russet reds of vine leaves that are ready to fall," writes RICHARD CALVER
"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
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.
"The quality of a wine can be linked to the place or circumstances where you drank it," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER in an experiment in taste that starts beside a river in the NT and ends in Tathra.
"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
"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
"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.
"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
"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
"Prosecco is as Aussie as lamb chops because it comes from grapes formerly known as prosecco and is grown here, mostly from the King Valley in Victoria," says wine writer RICHARD CALVER