Provenance 2010 Golden Plains Pinot Noir

What a delightful Pinot! Color is cherry red with medium intensity. Nose reveals lovely red fruits,  sour cherries, hints of forest, slightly gamey – not over extracted or heavy. Palate is in nice balance, with a soft lingering finish  revealing all that the nose promised- hint of strawberry and spice. It is a joy to taste a wine which is not over-ripe, not over-worked and not over-extracted. Is this wine worth cellaring? Why bother – drink it and enjoy the length and richness. This is a non ‘P’ wine, No plums and No prunes. Inspirational stuff! 13.3% alcohol. Vineyards are 70km west of Melbourne.

Le Benaton – Beaune

Le Benaton restaurant in Beaune is always a regular visit for us. Food is innovative, creative and the winelist is finally up to the mark.  The pigeon and tete de veaux are always standout dishes. Maybe the best restaurant in Beaune.

Lavinia – Paris


Lavinia is one of the great wine shops in Paris. A great range and all stored in perfect conditions. The BIG plus is that you can drink any wine in the shop in their Cafe for lunch at bottleshop price.  What a bargain. Food and service in the cafe is excellent and it is always full – so you need to book.