Urbane Toolangi 10th Anniversary

Martin Field 2010-03-17T03:32:52+00:000000005231201003 Food and Wine, Restaurant Reviews


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Two kinds of Tofu

Gary Hounsell, owner of Toolangi Vineyards in the Yarra Valley recently hosted a lunch at Urbane in Brisbane to celebrate Toolangi’s 10th anniversary; your itinerant reporter was there.

Gary showed guests a selection of his estate and reserve chardonnays and pinots dating back to the 2001 vintage. In an unusual approach to winemaking he explained that in its short existence, Toolangi wines were made by different winemakers at a number of wineries, among them Giaconda, Shadowfax and Yering Station.


A light luncheon in Noosa

Martin Field 2010-03-13T08:47:39+00:000000003931201003 Restaurant Reviews

iS Tapas Bar (249 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, Queensland, 07 5447 1818). In usually sunny Noosaville it was gusty and alternately raining and shining, looking for a light lunch we stopped at the open-fronted iS Tapas Bar and were given a table with views of the Noosa River.

iS is fully licensed but allows patrons to bring their own wine ($4 corkage fee per bottle) and we took along a 2003 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling. Despite its rather warm cellaring in our house it was in excellent condition – sprightly and lemony with just an occasional hint of that aged riesling character that we all know and love yet find hard to describe without annoying winemakers.

From the longish menu we chose Chili mushrooms – in a light sauce/marinade of butter, lemon juice, chili, garlic and finely chopped herebs; Parmesan crumbed artichokes – these were served with the stems (quite edible) attached and looked a little like chicken drumsticks – served with a truffle and lime mayonnaise; Manchego cheese croquettes – crumbed, about the size of pool balls – with a quince paste sauce, and Tempura vegetables on skewers -tiny morsels of crisp veg in the lightest of batter.

The food presentaion was attractive, the waiter was hip and we really enjoyed each dish. The bill for two, including corkage, totalled $42.

Highly recommended.

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Sorgente del Vino LIVE!!

Luca Risso 2010-03-09T13:43:08+00:000000000831201003 Vino @it


Dal 6 all’8 Marzo la scuderia di produttori riuniti dal portale di vendita on line  Sorgente del vino ha animato l’evento-degustazione  Sorgente del vino Live 2010,  svolto nel bellisimo ma freddissimo  Castello di Agazzano nell’omonimo paesino sui colli piacentini.  La manifestazione organizzata dall’infaticabile Paolo Rusconi si inserisce di diritto nel novero dei più importanti eventi dedicati ai vini biologici, biodinamici e “naturali” a vario titolo.  Si percepisce nettamente un leitmotiv, un filo sottile ma ben delineato che passa da Vini di Vignaioli e arriva fino a Vini Veri e Vin Natur,  e che bene o  male ha creato  uno stile,  una tipologia di vini con carateristiche olfattive e gustative comuni nei (tanti) pregi e nei difetti che portano con sè.


Spain Gourmetour

Martin Field 2010-03-03T01:58:39+00:000000003931201003 Food and Wine

The latest edition of glossy mag Spain Gourmetour arrived recently and I tucked in a napkin to catch the saliva as I read it through.

If ever there was a food and wine magazine with high production values this is it. Even the ad photos look good enough to eat.

Among the classy articles about Spanish food, wine and travel, you will find recipes reflecting Spain as a world leader in avant garde cuisine. I’ve fiddled successfully with recipes in the latest issue: the dessert, ‘Mango, papaya, citrus fruits and orange blossom honey jelly’ was stunning.

Spain Gourmetour is published three times a year. Best of all, it’s free to professionals in the wine and food industry.

To request a subscription, simply email your details and postal address with the subject line ‘Spain Gourmetour’ to the Economic and Commercial Offices of the Spanish Embassy in your country. For email addresses see Spain Gourmetour site.

Star Drinking

Martin Field 2010-02-26T06:00:29+00:000000002928201002 Wine Tasting

Coopers Clear Low Carb Dry Beer – around $15 the six pack

This is a full-strength – 4.5% alcohol – beer sold in clear glass 355ml stubbies. A very different style from Coopers Sparkling Ale but quite enjoyable for all that. Lightish amber in colour with a pleasing malty nose. Surprisingly full-bodied in the mouth with the malt continuing to a dryish finish.

Reschke Coonawarra Sauvignon Blanc 2009 – $19 – **

Pale, hint of lime green in colour. Aromatic, almost pungent fruitiness on the nose, with the faintest hint of grassiness and toasted oak. A rather full-bodied style of sauvignon blanc on the palate, showing notes of tropical fruit salad that lead to an off-dry finish. (more…)

A dozen drinks to try before you get old and broke

Martin Field 2010-02-26T05:43:19+00:000000001928201002 Wine Tasting

This one’s been simmering on the backburner for a while, and now that Jeni Port has listed her 10 wines you really must try before you die, it’s time to turn up the gas.

From time to time lovers of fine wines and spirits get to taste those rare or obscure elixirs that comprise the distinctive or even archetypal alcoholic drinks of the world. Most of these, it should go without saying, are either expensive or hard to find, or both.

However, when just a few sips of any of these precious liquors will live in your memory forever, who cares about the cost? If you can’t afford to buy one for yourself, hint that a bottle of this or that might be a fine gift. Failing that, share the cost of a bottle with four or five friends.

Here is my selection of essential nectars of the gods, in no particular order: (more…)

Top Ten defences of two buck wine

Martin Field 2010-02-26T05:30:57+00:000000005728201002 Wine

Correspondent Brian Miller writes

10. What else is the winemaker going to do with it?

9. It’s not technically faulty.

8. It’s preferable to alco-pops.

7. It’s better than what you drank when you first Kombi-vanned around Europe.

6. It’s no more ridiculous than $3 bottled water.

5. You can blend it with a $38 wine to make two $20 wines.

4. It’s more economical than pouring expensive corked wine down the sink.

3. Penfolds Grange once cost $2.40.

2.  Your superannuation is partly invested in Woolworths*.

1 It’s $2 a bottle.

*Owners of Dan Murphys who sell the $24 per dozen wine.

La dura vita del tagliatore di blend

Luca Risso 2010-02-04T14:57:32+00:000000003228201002 Tecniche del Vino @it, Vino @it


Eccomi qui con le tre bottiglie di Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon e Petit Verdot by My Feudo per realizzare il taglio da portare in degustazione al prossimo Vinitaly. Non è banale. Si potrebbe partire a carrarmato e quindi realizzare e assaggiare tutte le miscele possibili, ma non è una cosa intelligente. (more…)

Our Feudo

Luca Risso 2010-01-20T13:01:23+00:000000002331201001 Vino @it


Sarà che sono un facilone capace di entusiasmarsi per poco, ma quando mi è stato proposto di partecipare all’iniziativa  My Feudo promossa nientepopodimeno che da Zonin, ho detto subito di si in quanto mi pareva una bella idea.


Pimientos de Padron

Martin Field 2009-12-21T08:20:17+00:000000001731200912 Food and Wine

I tried some Pimientos de Padron – little green Spanish peppers – at the Noosa Farmers’ Market last week – sensational!

You fry them for a few minutes in hot olive oil – until the skin blisters and shows just a few speckles of brown – then serve hot with a sprinkling of sea salt flakes.

They are not at all chili hot but rather, succulent and sweet. I lied. About one in 15 is hot – adds a little spice to a plateful and the palate.

A brilliant starter dish on any table – you won’t be able to stop eating them.

Serve with cold beer or a chilled Fino sherry.