• Remarkable rise of rosé entices luxury group LVMH

    The maker of Louis Vuitton handbags and Veuve Clicquot Champagne is taking aim at a form of luxury consumption that’s spreading worldwide: day drinking in the summer months with a bottle of rosé. LVMH announced it would buy Chateau du Galoupet, a 17th-century estate in the Provence ...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 3 Comments

  • Visiting Emirates' Moët & Chandon Champagne bar in Dubai

    Nestled in Emirates’ business class lounge at Dubai Airport’s Concourse B is the Moët & Chandon Champagne bar, where passengers can sample a range of fizz from the well-known winery before their Emirates or Qantas flight. That’s where you’ll find not just the &ls...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2019 7 Comments

  • Tasmania's cool climate makes it a hot spot for boutique wineries

    Pop into just about any wine bar in Sydney or Melbourne and there will be a glass or two of cool-climate Tasmanian wine on offer – and chances are it'll be a top drop. The past decade has been one of extraordinary growth for Tasmanian wine producers, and while the Apple Isle represents les...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2019 6 Comments

  • Cab franc is the 'other' Cabernet, and one you really should try

    Quick: when you hear a wine is cabernet, do you automatically think cabernet sauvignon? Of course you do. It’s the world’s most widely planted red grape, noted for big, rich, power-packed wines you can swoon over and even invest in. But I’m here to convince you to remember cabe...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • Six wine trends to watch for in 2019

    The wine business is also a fashion business. Styles are in favour, then out again. After all, it seemed like just a few years ago that we were drinking chardonnay-semillon blends and fortifeds were all the rage.  Here’s a quick look at what's tipped to be popular over the coming 12 mo...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Put these five under-rated Australian wine regions on your radar

    Wine lovers can be fairly set in their ways when it comes to choosing what to drink. If you enjoy a big red, the search typically starts (and often ends) at the Barossa or McLaren. If chardonnay is your thing, the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula will usually sit high on your list. They're ...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2019 5 Comments

  • These business and first class airport lounges have the best Champagne

    Like many Australian Business Traveller readers, I appreciate the comforts of a good airport lounge – especially when there's a great Champagne to enjoy there before my flight. For me, the presence (or absence) of Champagne can also be a reason to visit one lounge over another, particularl...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • How to travel with wine in your checked luggage

    Opening a bottle of fine wine or spirits sourced on holiday evokes memories of your travels that can transcend enjoyment of the wine itself. As such, I scarcely return home from overseas travel without a few bottles of some unique and special drops. Most often that's Pinot Noir – I've rec...

    POSTED 23 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • Try matching your Christmas meals with these top Australian wines

    The seafood is on order, the turkey and ham are ready to be picked up from the butcher, and the plum pudding is approaching its peak. Yes, Christmas is once again around the corner, and with it a much wider array of dishes than the typical lunch or dinner So how do you go about selecting the rig...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 1 Comment

  • Bordeaux's Château Montrose joins Cathay Pacific first class wine list

    Cathay Pacific’s first class wine list now counts a new vintage red among its ranks with the addition of Château Montrose 2005. Starting this December, the ’05 will be served on a rotational basis on flights between Hong Kong and London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and San Fra...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Brokenwood's Cellar Door is the Hunter Valley's new wine hotspot

    The Barossa Valley has the iconic Seppeltsfield complex, McLaren Vale has the futuristic d’Arenberg Cube and now the Hunter Valley has its own new wine tourism drawcard. After a year of construction the $8 million Brokenwood cellar door and restaurant complex will be officially opened this...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 4 Comments

  • Here are the three wines that should always be in your fridge

    Julia Child always kept a half bottle of Champagne in the refrigerator so she had something to sip on (and keep herself enthused) while cooking. The same for me, although I’ve expanded her advice – I always have three bottles of wine on my fridge door shelves. So should you. Picture ...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 4 Comments

  • Here are the six best drops from the Penfolds 2018 Collection

    When Penfolds unveiled its 2018 Collection last month it was, understandably, the $900 Penfolds Bin 95 2014 Grange that attracted the most attention. And a very fine wine it is, too, as you’d expect from the high-profile red which is now regarded as global icon. But it was the hugely impre...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Get over your fear of chilling red wine

    Last weekend the temperature on my back deck was 35 degrees, steaks were on the grill, and I craved a thirst-quenching drink that wasn’t that summer cliché, rosé. With charred meat, beer is not the answer, nor is a frozen margarita or tart white. Sticky summer weather is what...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • The 'Sideways' curse has lifted, and merlot is enjoying a comeback

    Sales of luxury merlots are increasing again, and restaurants are pouring more of it. Why? Because despite pop culture prejudice, it tastes good. Merlot was once the fan-favorite red grape and wine. Then came 2004 hit movie Sideways, in which Miles, the pinot-noir-loving main character, trashes ...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • These six lesser-known wine varieties are worth a spot on your shelf

    It used to be a simple process when you popped into a liquor store to buy a bottle of wine or peeked at a restaurant wine list. If you wanted white you’d probably opt for chardonnay, semillon or New Zealand sauvignon blanc. If red was your preference then shiraz, cabernet sauvignon or mayb...

    POSTED 22 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Behind the Emirates business class, first class wine lists

    For most travellers, choosing a wine to enjoy with their meal in business class or first class can be as simple as opening the wine list and selecting a drop, perhaps even in 15 seconds – but the process before that, where that day’s wine list is put together, can be 15 years in the m...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • Seven pinot grigios which deserve a closer look

    Here’s a sad truth. Most pinot grigio is so watery, bland, and just plain dull that wine snobs scorn it and sommeliers at top restaurants won’t list it. Asking for “just a glass of pinot grigio” has almost become an admission that you don’t pay attention to what you...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

  • Five up-and-coming Aussie whiskies to watch for

    Australian whisky has achieved some incredible feats in its short lifetime, but its availability and pricing has largely put it out of reach as an everyday dram. With very few exceptions – Melbourne’s Starward Whisky being the obvious one – local whisky is still produced on a r...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Henschke releases stunning Hill of Grace 2013 shiraz

    With the debut of Henschke's Hill of Grace 2013, we tour the vineyard and tell the story behind the standout Australian shiraz. This month's release of Henschke Hill of Grace 2013 this week marks a significant anniversary for the Henschke family, now headed by fifth-generation winemaker Stephen ...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Why California's West Sonoma Coast is a sweet spot for pinot noir

    The remote coastline of Sonoma never fails to impress. Chilly fog and wind roll in from the Pacific, covering ridges of towering redwoods and tiny patches of vineyards. To reach these wineries, you follow hairpin curves up narrow dirt roads you probably wouldn’t want to drive on after dark...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • The next hotel room convenience could be wine on tap

    The situation: You key in to your hotel room after a stressful business meeting. All you want is an immediate glass of wine to drink while watching the evening news. The problem: You don’t want to open the full bottle of ludicrously overpriced plonk in the minibar. Room service will take 4...

    POSTED 10 Mar, 2018 15 Comments

  • Grape escapes: six lesser-known wine destinations worth visiting

    Wine tourism isn’t just expanding – it’s getting more creative in every corner of the globe, with more vine estates than ever wooing oenophiles with luxurious digs and experiences to indulge their grape-driven passions. As always, superb wines and great estates are my first cri...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Emirates uncorks Dom P

    Emirates will soon be serving Dom Pérignon vintage champagnes to travellers flying in first class, along with an exclusive  champagne pairing menu. Two rare vintages will be on the menu: the solid and spicy Dom Pérignon Vintage 2005, which was released in April this year,...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2015 10 Comments

  • Qantas mixologists tap new wines, champagne and cocktails

    Qantas is putting its selection of inflight and lounge wines into the hands of a new team of experts and mixologists from Neil Perry’s Rockpool Restaurant Group. The Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers, to use the group’s formal name, replaces the Qantas Wine Panel in choosing the wines, cham...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2015 4 Comments

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