Aphelion Wine – Q&A with Young Guns of Wine ‘Best New Act’

Aphelion Wine CoToday on the blog we have some very special guests; Rob & Louise Mack – the founders of Aphelion Wine Co in McLaren Vale, South Australia. This young couple are causing waves in the Australian wine scene with their ‘from the sun to you’ wine philosophy, not to mention their delectable small batch wines. Rob was awarded the ‘Best New Act’ award at the 2017 Young Guns of Wine Awards! Continue reading

Exclusive Q&A: The Champagne Dame – Kyla Kirkpatrick

Champagne Dame – Kyla Kirkpatrick

Today on the blog we have a very special guest – the lovely Kyla Kirkpatrick, aka The Champagne Dame. With champagne comes passion, excitement and thirst – and it’s this thirst for champagne’s history that has driven Kyla to understand & learn about the world of champagne in-depth. With this knowledge in hand and thanks to all her adventures in the Champagne region of France, she shares with Australia her experiences through functions, events and masterclasses around the country. She even hosts ‘behind-the-scenes’ luxury tours to Champagne. Continue reading

Xanadu Winery – Q&A with Winemaker Glenn Goodall

Senior Winemaker Glenn Goodall - Xanadu WineryXanadu Winery is based in WA’s Margaret River region and they are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, they’ll be serving up their special White Wine Sangria at the Urban Orchard Pop-Up Bar at the Perth Food Truck Rumble on Sunday 26th March. To help celebrate such a milestone for Xanadu Winery and the upcoming Food Truck Rumble, I recently had the chance to ask Xanadu’s Senior Winemaker, Glenn Goodall, a few questions about his career, Xanadu and the 2017 harvest. Here’s how it went… Continue reading

Exclusive Interview – Entwined in the Valley with Ray Jordan

ray-jordan-entwined-in-the-valleyI was asked by the City of Swan to be the blogging ambassador for Entwined in the Valley 2016 and it’s safe to say I was extremely excited by the opportunity! Especially when it involves chatting to one of Western Australia’s biggest names in the wine industry – Ray Jordan! As the Wine Editor for The West Australian and with over 40 years of experience in the wine industry, it’s say to say Ray is one big wino! You can read more about Ray on the Entwined website hereHe was recently at Mandoon Estate to work on the wine and food matching for the main event of Entwined in the Valley – the Degustation Dinner on Sunday 6th of November headlined by the ‘Punk princess of pastry’ Anna Polyviou alongside local foodie talent Kiren Mainwaring, Hadleigh Troy and Michael Hartnell who have custom designed an unforgettable menu. But if you’re anything like me, then you’re wondering all about the wine and what Ray’s thoughts on the Swan Valley wines are. Here’s what we chatted about… Continue reading