Author Archives: Mike Sly

Valentine’s Day – Pairing Wine With Your Favourite Chocolate

Pairings for Dark, Bittersweet and Semisweet chocolate: The strong flavours of dark and bittersweet chocolate can be paired with stronger red wines. While some of the wines may seem too tannic to pair with chocolate, the cocoa butter decreases the … Continue reading

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TINY BUBBLES: JEAN DALBRAY CHAMPAGNE

The quality of the initial still wine, the selection of the yeast best suited to the style of a particular Champagne House, tiny bubbles and the persistence of the bubbles are what separates Champagne, both vintage and non-vintage from the … Continue reading

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Icon Wines – Are They Necessary?

Over the summer I was fortunate to attend a tasting of Penfolds Icon, Luxury & Bin Series Wines. This wasn’t any ordinary tasting. The wines on offer were some of Australia’s most sought after and admired wines. Add to this, … Continue reading

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FRESH HALIBUT & VIOGNIER: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

One of the food & wine parings I get asked about each spring are my favourite wines to pair with the new season’s fresh halibut. There are so many different ways to prepare and cook halibut but I favour keeping … Continue reading

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