Missouri Road Trip Continues into Lake of the Ozarks

My friend Jaimee and I left the Sheraton Westport Plaza Chalet in the suburbs of St. Louis and headed to Jefferson City, Missouri. We were to meet Deb Hendricks of the Lake of the Ozarks tourism board there to get our itinerary for our adventure on Fun Lake, as they accurately call the area. From Jefferson City it was only a short hour’s ride to the Country Club Hotel and Spa. We were surprised...

Punt Road Chemin Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013

Punt Road Chemin Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013 If there is one thing to be said about these latest Punt Road releases, it is that they’re complex drinks. Clever winemaking for sure. This Chardonnay is a suitable example. Golden straw yellow in colopur, there’s a delicate balance between oatmeal yeasty sulphide characters, vanilla icecream oak and white nectarine fruit. Intriguingly, it...

“And the Road from Radda leads to Ama”

“Ama takes its name from the small borgo, or hamlet, nestled in the hills at almost 500 metres’ elevation. Five centuries past, it was the centre of local farming activities, as well as wine production carried out by a group of families of the area. “Da Radda the road led to Amma, three miles away on a hill, where the Pianigiani, Ricucci, and Montigiani families live, the most prominent...

A Few Bumps on the Road to Beautiful Nevis

I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy trip when my friend and fellow travel writer, Sue Campbell, invited me to join her on the island of Nevis, but it sounded like an ideal way to spend a week during the winter. Nevis Tourism booked my flights and I was set to leave Champaign in the morning for a flight to Chicago, then onto Miami, for a flight to St. Kitts. I would then take a ferry to the...

Punt Road Shiraz 2013

This is right in the slot and an excellent expression of a medium bodied Shiraz. Only 13% alcohol, the gates are thrown open here as you head down the driveway to pleasure country. I’ve got to say, I have been very impressed with the quality of the Punt Road wines I have sampled recently. They expressive, damn tasty and are modestly priced. This Shiraz weighs in at $ 29 and is fresh with uplifting...

Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir

I drink most vintages and several types of  Felton Road Pinot Noir. The two most esteemed are Block 3 and Block 5, in particular Block 5. I often prefer Block 3 for its rare ethereal qualities, whereas Block 5 is the more powerful version, living a long life. Drinking the 2006 Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir tonight is sheer pleasure. The flavour profile is as expected: black cherry, infused with...

Felton Road New Releases – Interview with Winemaker Blair Walter

As luck will have it, I am likely to interview the two most highly regarded  Pinot Noir winemakers in the Southern Hemisphere on subsequent days. The discussion with Blair Walter of Felton Road last night was an interesting lesson in the influence of terroir. The three vineyards from which the four single vineyard Pinot Noirs come, are quite close, yet the terroir influences are quite different. The...

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