Mind The Gap: Women in Wine Media

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 | by Clare |

This week, a groundbreaking survey  of women in the wine industry highlighted some truly dismal stats around the big issues of pay gaps, sexism, maternity leave and advancement. Participation wise, women are a minority in viticulture and winemaking (~10% according to Wine Australia) and there are no reliable statistics for other areas like research, marketing or tourism. […]

A Rant. In Response to A Rant.

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 | by Clare | 2 Comments

I’m no social media guru. I’m pretty shit at it actually – I don’t really understand it fundamentally, so for my businesses it always feels like a bit of a chore. I have an Instagram account with just over 700 followers, but each pic might only get 20-50 likes. I have 1000 odd followers on Twitter […]

The Thursday Table

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 | by Clare | No Comments

Years ago, an idea was hatched by my good friend Rowly Milhinch at Scion in Rutherglen: a project called The Young Bunch. You might remember it – a group of young wine peeps doing fun, social, food focused wine events in Melbourne. It was part of a growing scene of winemakers realising it made sense […]

Thoughts on Wine Day Out

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 | by Clare | No Comments

Dan Sims – the boss guy behind Wine Day Out – convinces us in his opening address that it’s all fucked. Currency issues, distribution woes, downward price pressure, the limitless power of chains, the bureaucracy/staleness/inefficiency of our national industry organisations, saturation across the board, snobby sommeliers, licencing. LICENSING! Everything is fucked. Then he backtracks: Is […]

Agriculture, Connectivity & Joy: Why We Do What We Do

Posted on: June 28th, 2014 | by Clare | No Comments

The 2014 vintage has come and gone: quite frankly it was quite a terrible season. A frost in October (our first one ever) destroyed perhaps 50% of our crop. We had four days of smoke – which thankfully didn’t taint the grapes but oh! the waiting. In late February we had 3 minutes of vicious […]

Another Story About Smallgoods

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 | by Clare | No Comments

Smallgoods: A clever name now that I actually consider it: small and good. Brilliant. In French they call it Charcuterie, in Italian they call it Salumi. In Melbourne we seem to have adopted the term charcuterie despite a strong Italian edit on most menus. These words both refer to the practice of preserving fresh meat […]

The Alchemy of The Assembly: Our First Sparkling Release

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 | by Clare | 1 Comment

In anticipation of the release of our first sparkling, and exploiting my day  job as a wine educator – I thought it might be appropriate to share the process we’ve gone through to make our 2010 sparkling. It truly is an alchemy – and I’ll endeavour to explain why. Firstly, an introduction to the idea […]

Recipe: Gin & Tonic Cake

Posted on: February 16th, 2014 | by Clare | No Comments

I make no apologies: this is one boozy cake… To celebrate the engagement of my close friends’ Rowly and Sally from Scion Vineyard in Rutherglen, I made them this gin & tonic cake. I’ve had a long, industrious history of baking without recipes (and plenty of failures too!)  but I never write them down. However,  […]

Exploring Food & Wine Matching: The Idea of Weight

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 | by Clare | No Comments

Interested in food and wine? Me too! I do regular classes and talks on the topic through The Humble Tumbler, and over time have developed what I think are some nifty ideas to help clarify some of the main points. Importantly, I am certainly not someone who believes wine goes with everything – overall I […]