February 28, 2012

I’m full.

You know when you have all the best intentions to keep something up, and then time just runs away from you?

I have some thank you’s to send this week. I received a ‘care package’ from Anne in Paris of some gossip magazines and the latest Cote Paris magazine, as well as one with a feature on wines. I love magazines. I need to make some time to sit down and enjoy them. Plus today I received a calendar from Lucas and his mum. Perfect.

Saturday we went to NSW Cellar Door weekend in Hyde Park, and rushed our way through several stands of new vintages of wines that we know and love, followed by a quick bottle of Pinot Blanc at Fix St James, then we were running late for our invitation for dinner at friends in Surry Hills. It’s always a pleasure to be invited out, be cooked for, looked after. They’ve got a great apartment with a view over Sydney. I love being invited out for dinner.

Sunday we were extremely hungover. How is that possible that we used to function on barely any sleep and way too much to drink? We went and visited Lucy, drank lots of tea, Michelle went to the movies and I hung around pretending to study. Typical Sunday really.

Today the car went in for a service, and I went to a Pinot benchmarking tasting at Est which was very interesting. My palate has changed enormously since we’ve been here over the last 3 years… I’ve grown to love fruit in my wine. Gevrey vs Mornington… and my pick was the Aussie wine!

Tonight was dinner at the Thai with Erica and some of her friends, she’s on the homeward dash, the last week in Sydney before she returns to New York and the cold. It was fun, I ate too much, the wines were good and life goes on.

Maybe I’ll just sneak out of bed every night to write a few words. With some luck you’ll get some photos soon as well. I’ve finally pulled out my camera, charged the batteries and started daydreaming. Itching to take a photo or two…

filles at 12:04 am

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February 22, 2012

No better offer

Home now. Clean the pool, start preparing dinner. Study a bit…

Had a nice lunch with Mad in Walsh Bay, Nicole Kidman was at the table a few down from us. She was beautiful, really gorgeous in real life. She looked happy, and healthy and so very very tall.

Council meeting was reasonably acceptable. They’ve ‘approved’ our requests in principle, however in exchange we have a condition that has forced us to rethink the whole project. Back to the drawing board. More news on that later…



filles at 4:40 pm

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As Ordered

Sun came through as ordered, we had a lovely weekend, and I even managed an hour or two of studying.

Monday saw me sitting an exam for an Austrian Scholarship, fingers crossed for that, although I only had a vague knowledge of Austria and it’s wines, the whole point is to go on a learning trip and improve my knowledge… Results in March.

Italian tasting in the afternoon which was fun, some great wines, great importers and I’ve got an offer of help to plan our upcoming trip to Italy. It’s going to be fantastic.

Today it’s aqua this morning, secret project at lunchtime, and then back to study unless I can get a better offer before then… Have a good one!

filles at 8:00 am

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February 16, 2012

WCA Trophy Lunch

Tonight I’m studying Brachetto d’Aqui. Tomorrow I’m going to Homebush to taste through the entries of the Sydney Wine Show. Over 2200 wines, from 8 -12pm – then off to the WCA Trophy Lunch. Should be fun.

I know it’s starting to sound like all we do is wine. And it is to some extent, but we did go out for pizza last night, ate with the owners girlfriend while we finished off a selection of wines that I took home from the tasting.  And tonight, we had a nice caesar salad at home after rushing about cleaning the house and getting it ready for our visitors this weekend.

Mad, Dave and their two kids are coming to stay for the weekend. We haven’t even met Edward yet, last time we saw them we were in the last house and Mad was pregnant… sad to say, but I think we saw more of them when they lived in Scotland and we lived in Paris. Not to worry, we’re both really looking forward to it. Still got a few chores to finish, Michelle’s dashing off to get the water checked tomorrow afternoon for the kids to swim, and we’ve got to have a conversation with the weather. We’ve ordered sunshine all weekend and we don’t want any screwups.

It’s not a glamorous life, but we drink well…

filles at 9:48 pm

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We’ve got noisy birds

This morning. The birds are squawking, the minors are chasing the magpies  – it’s a right raucous outside…

It’s going to be a beautiful day, we’re getting ready for work where about 120 dirty glasses are waiting for me along with 100 bottles in various stages of full to empty are lined up to be disposed of after a free tasting last night.

I hate kitchen duty. Nevermind..  sun should still be out when I get home.

filles at 7:22 am

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February 14, 2012

Prosecco DOCG

Fancy an essay? It’s long and only vaguely interesting, but good practice for me to write…


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Somms Australia Event…

Bubbly many ways… 13 Feb, 2012 @ Fix St James

Bracket 1: Charmat Method
1. Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry DOCG Spumante, Drusian [Veneto-Italy] 100% Glera
2. 2011 Prosecco, Pizzini [King Valley – Australia] 100% Glera
3. 2010 RBS Vino Spumante Brut Nature, I Clivi [Friuli-Italy] 100% Ribolla Gialla
4. 2010 l’Eclisse Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC, Paltrinieri [Modena-Italy] 100% Lambrusco di Sorbara

Bracket 2: Ancestrale Method
1. Bianco dei Collil Trevigiani Prosecco IGT, Az. Agr. Costadila’ [Veneto-Italy]
2. NV Vin de TAble Petillant Naturel En Go-guette, Philippe Bonnard [Jura-France] 100% Chardonnay
3. 2010 Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC, Paltrinieri [Modena-Italy] 100% Lambrusco di Sorbara
4. 2011 Ancestrale, Sutton Grange Fairbank [Bendigo-Australia]

Bracket 3: Traditional Method
1. 2008 Brut Reserva Cava, Agusti’ Torello’ Mata [Catalunya-Spain] 48% Macabeo, 27% Parellada, 25% Xarel-lo
2. NV FRanciacorta Brut DOCG, Il Mosnel [Lombardia-Italy] 60% chardonnay, 30% pinot bianco, 10% pinot nero
3. 2006 Champagne Efflorescence Extra Brut, Marie-Courtin [ Champagne-France] 100% Pinot noir
4. 2006 Este Vintage Cuvee, De Bortoli [Yarra VAlley-Australia] 100% Chardonnay

Fantastic tasting… in the name of study.

c/- Sommeliers Australia 

filles at 6:18 pm

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February 13, 2012

Dinner at friends

Saturday night we were invited to some friends for dinner. It’s the first time for ages we’ve been invited out, they live walking distance away so there is no hassle with transport. Good cooks (+ he’s a chocolatier) so it’s always something to look forward to, and on Saturday they went out of their way to invite an old school friend of mine that I hadn’t seen for ages.

I suspect it was a challenge for them – having to do vegetarian, and gluten free (for the other guests) but wow did they succeed with aplomb!

It was a fantastic evening, I might just do it again. Next time we get an invitation I might be less likely to convert it to a dinner here, and more likely to accept graciously. We’ll see.

We drank:
Pierre Moncuit Hugues de Coulmet Grand Cru Champagne
2007 Maison Champy Beaune 1er Cru Les Reversées
Unoaked Chardonnay from Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale


filles at 7:43 am

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February 7, 2012

International Riesling Tasting [reece.ling]

Program started at 9.30am, 30 rieslings, followed by lunch and another 9 rieslings… a break of 90 minutes then another 50 or so rieslings outside on the deck overlooking Sydney. Dinner at Fix St James with a bottle of Barossa grenache.

Tough day.

filles at 12:44 am

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February 3, 2012


It hasn’t stopped raining. Like, really raining. Lucky we’re heading to the other side of the world in August…. Coming?

filles at 8:35 am

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