I first began seriously running on New Year’s Day in London 2001. Whilst my friends were still in bed recovering from the night before, I climbed into my running gear and set off for the first training run of my marathon schedule. I had 12 weeks to prepare and a great charity to raise funds for.
Had I done this sort of thing before? No.
Did I really know the commitment that would be required? No.
After a major renovation, this venue has been open for just three weeks, and the locals are raving about it. Wait til the weather changes and the roof top bar will be a very popular place to hang out. Located in the Rose Street Market precinct this is one switched on venue. The food and wine list is small but the offerings cater for all. Service is efficient and staff present as enthusiastic and friendly. Adam and Christopher Ferrante are the brothers behind this venture and know what they are doing. Check it out is all I can say!
A recent textural white tasting through Selector Magazine saw the Soumah Savarro 2012 coming out on top as the favorite wine across the judging panel. The aim of the tasting was to review four textural white styles of wine including Savagnin, Arneis, Vermentino and Petit Manseng. Of the 52 wines submitted to the tasting the Soumah Savarro (Savagnin) 2012 was the favourite with the following tasting note:
So think global now please - how many wine or champagne brands sit in the top 10 global brands that use social media? One or two? Well actually it is none. Moet comes close however there is a void between spirits and beer brands compared to wine brands and that void is massive.
The Sydney Wine Academy is a leading provider of nationally and internationally accredited training programs and qualifications for hospitality and wine industry professionals, food and wine media personnel, winery event organisers and wine enthusiasts.
In addition to our flagship location at The Northern Sydney Institute’s Ryde Campus, the Academy also brings quality training to venues across Australia including Canberra, Melbourne, Bendigo and the Sydney CBD.
Programs range from foundation level qualifications for those entering the industry, to more advanced and specialised programs for sommeliers and industry professionals.
Yet again the team at Warner Glen Estate have produced a top wine….with their part barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011. The current vintage of this wine is 2010 and is drinking beautifully. Congratulations to Warner Glen Estate.
The venue has just re-opened after a major renovation, and has the potential to be the ‘go to’ venue in Northcote. It is big, smart and has dining inside and out. The new owners are brothers Daniel and Marc Kovacic. There is a brand new menu (wine and food) and the prices look really reasonable. I plan to drop in over the next week for a meal to check them out properly, but if you get there before me let me know what you think!
Storm in a Teacup proudly presents a collection of artisan loose-leaf teas that have been carefully selected to represent both major and minor tea growing regions in the world. Eighty percent of teas sourced are direct from the producers in their country of origin, supporting artisan farmers who look after their workers and their land. Sound familiar? It did to me coming from a similar angle with wine.
We have been busy over the last month, adding some new retailers to our selection of independent wine stores. As always we try to cover a broad geographical area to keep as many consumers happy as possible and at the same time offer our retailers value for money wine produced by family owned and operated wineries.