Happiness as Anarchy #133: $4 wine

Buying wine is always a tricky exercise, especially when in a new country. Last night I had a very ordinary bucket of wine with my dinner (I only drank half of it) which did not make me happy. Today’s mission: acquire a decent bottle of wine. This I did, but twas with trepidation that I… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #133: $4 wine

Happiness as Anarchy #128: Airport Champagne

Walking through the international double doors in Melbourne Airport always makes me grin like a cheshire cat. Once you’re through there’s no going back – whatever you packed is it, whatever you forgot to organise at home has to take care of itself, and the adventure has begun. The cherry on the top, however, is… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #128: Airport Champagne

Happiness as Anarchy #69: Wine Tasting

For anyone who knows even a little, this is really a no-brainer – wine tasting makes me very happy. Where to start with all the things I love about it?  First there’s the sensory pleasure, lighting up my flavour, aroma and texture receptors. Then there’s the joy of learning new things, both sensory and intellectually… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #69: Wine Tasting

Happiness as Anarchy #39: Red Wine with Chocolate

Some flavour combinations appear more like a novelty match than a treat for the tastebuds, but looks can be deceiving. Red wine with chocolate falls squarely into this category – it seems like a gimmick (and some of the advertised tasting events are certainly pitched that way) but it is actually a great combination. It… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #39: Red Wine with Chocolate

Prescription #2: De Bortoli Noble One, Botrytis Semillon 2003

A few weeks ago I had a serious tidy of the ‘keeping’ section of my cellar. It’s the part where you can’t stand up properly, need a torch to see anything and definitely cannot negotiate after too many drinks. My faithful drinking companion was there to assist me in the record keeping department and to… Continue reading Prescription #2: De Bortoli Noble One, Botrytis Semillon 2003

Prescription #1: Innocent Bystander 2011 Pinot Noir

I went hunting in the cellar last night for a bottle of Pinot Noir and discovered a box of Innocent Bystander 2011 Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley. As you would expect from a wine that is seven years old, it is brick coloured, but still quite bright. On the nose there are smoky tones… Continue reading Prescription #1: Innocent Bystander 2011 Pinot Noir