Wood into Forest

 

So you just bought yourself an all-inclusive, one week vacation somewhere down south. Excited, you pack the few things surely needed and think you are ready to go; but being a wine connoisseur a thought still manages to creep in – ‘should I bring along some wine from my cellar or should I take a break from it and give my palate a rest?’ You decide against it and assure yourself that there should be a satisfactory number of different cocktails, mixed drinks and beers + wine will also be available if craved – after-all, both the red and the white wines were quite palatable last time.

 

Trickledown effect – Second video tasting

GrapeSelections was recently invited to participate in a second online video wine and cheese tasting (first one can be watched here) organized by Natalie MacLean. This article summarizes what is involved in preparation to make the video happen (on my end) as well as to feature the wines and cheeses and how they pair together.

 

 

Business and pleasure – who says they don’t mix.

Five talented and dedicated wine enthusiasts and I were treated with dinner, compliments of Bryan McCaw, and tutored wine tasting given by David Lawrason and Sara d’Amato – I felt like being back at the university, sitting in a small classroom clinging onto every word from a looked-up-to professor – a cherished moment in my life.

 

“No cameras, no glimmer, just good old-school quality time”

 

Luxury-line Penfolds tasting

 

This is one of the greatest wine tastings there was and probably will be in this city” – David Lawrason

 

Last night, September 17th 2012, I was fortunate to participate at a Penfolds ‘bring your own bottle’ event, giving GrapeSelections lots of material to write about. The premise of the event was to appreciate Penfolds customers, by inviting them (us) to a free dinner where the patrons were to bring a luxury–line bottle from their cellar and share it along with stories behind each bottle. The event was held at the House of Moments establishment and was hosted by Peter Gago, chief winemaker, together with David Lawrason, VP of wine at WineAlign.

 

Tasting with Wolf Blass

On Monday, September 10th 2012, as ‘GrapeSelections’, I was invited to a dinner/wine tasting of Wolf Blass wines – presented by THE MAN himself, together with Chris Hatcher (the chief winemaker) and hosted by Natalie MacLean (the author of the book ‘Unquenchable’). The premise of this event was to promote the book ‘Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest For The World’s Best Bargain Wines’ together with Wolf Blass wines, as in her book, Mrs. MacLean wittingly shares her experience meeting Mr. Blass as well as other stories of her visiting ‘the wine country’.