6 episodes

While many of us enjoy wine, we don’t necessarily feel confident talking about it. It can often feel intimidating and a little highbrow.

Journalist, and deputy editor of Halliday Wine Companion, Tom Carr sits down with industry professionals from across the country in this conversational podcast that tackles all things wine from a palatable perspective. From how to taste and describe it, to how to pair it to that dinner party you’re hosting next weekend.

Together let's crack a bottle, shave the palaver, and take it back to basics.

Halliday Wine Companion Halliday Wine Companion

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    • 4.8 • 33 Ratings

While many of us enjoy wine, we don’t necessarily feel confident talking about it. It can often feel intimidating and a little highbrow.

Journalist, and deputy editor of Halliday Wine Companion, Tom Carr sits down with industry professionals from across the country in this conversational podcast that tackles all things wine from a palatable perspective. From how to taste and describe it, to how to pair it to that dinner party you’re hosting next weekend.

Together let's crack a bottle, shave the palaver, and take it back to basics.

    Riesling, versatile and underrated.

    Riesling, versatile and underrated.

    Halliday Wine Companion 'By the Glass' EP 6: Belinda Hughes, Rieslingfreak, South Australia.

    Just like Sauvignon blanc from the Marlborough – Riesling has had its fair share of bad press, often associated with Germany’s mass exports of the 70s and 80s.

    Now while its often thought of as a sweet wine, Riesling can vary from bone-dry through to wines that rich, textural and sticky. It truly is a variety for all wine drinkers.

    Today we are joined by winemaker Belinda Hughes from Rieslingfreak in the Barossa.

    Alongside her husband, John, Belinda specialise in all things Riesling. From dry, to sparkling, sweet and fortified. Their label Riesling freak celebrates a deep love for one of Australia’s most underrated grape varietals, through 11 expressions.

    And as promised - all the details for our upcoming 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards:

    This year we have two ways to celebrate – in person at our fine-dining degustation dinner or virtually with our online streaming event. Purchase your tickets and join us at Stokehouse St Kilda for an unforgettable evening, or subscribe to our online broadcast and start planning your own event at home! Don't forget to tag #Halliday2022 in all your celebrations.

    Any thoughts or suggestions for upcoming episodes? Please email us at bytheglass@hardiegrant.com and don't forget to follow Halliday Wine Companion over on instagram here.

    Want to know what wine we were drinking? 


    2016 Rieslingfreak No.9 Clare Valley Sekt Riesling
    2021 Rieslingfreak No.8 Polish Hill River 'Schatzkammer' Riesling
    2021 Rieslingfreak No.3 Clare Valley Riesling "Dry"

    Looking for a little more wine inspiration?

    For more information on Australian wines and wineries, including tasting notes, head over to winecompanion.com.au.

    Interested in becoming a Halliday Wine Companion member? Click here.

     

    Hardie Grant acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognises their continuing connection to the land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    The evolution of sauvignon blanc

    The evolution of sauvignon blanc

    Halliday Wine Companion 'By the Glass' EP 5: Stuart Pym, Flowstone Wines, Margaret River.

    Now, while New Zealand’s Marlborough region is synonymous with sauvignon blanc -  it’s actually a bit of an international juggernaut of sorts – remaining one of the fastest growing wines in the world.

    And while there’s been a real shift away from those distinct grassy, tropical fruit-laden wines we all think of – sauvignon blanc is enjoying a stylistic revival – with winemakers across Australia serving up sophisticated wines that have depth, complexity and beautiful length on the palate.

    Today - we are joined by Margaret River winemaker Stuart Pym, of Flowstone Wines.

    Flowstone have won several awards for their sauvignon blanc and have also previously taken out the title of Best New Winery at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

    And as promised - all the details for our upcoming 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards:

    This year we have two ways to celebrate – in person at our fine-dining degustation dinner or virtually with our online streaming event. Purchase your tickets and join us at Stokehouse St Kilda for an unforgettable evening, or subscribe to our online broadcast and start planning your own event at home! Don't forget to tag #Halliday2022 in all your celebrations.

    Any thoughts or suggestions for upcoming episodes? Please email us at bytheglass@hardiegrant.com and don't forget to follow Halliday Wine Companion over on instagram here.

    Want to know what wine we were drinking? 


    Flowstone 2018 Sauvignon Blanc

    Looking for a little more wine inspiration?

    For more information on Australian wines and wineries, including tasting notes, head over to winecompanion.com.au.

    Interested in becoming a Halliday Wine Companion member? Click here.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 24 min
    Single vineyard wines with Barnaby Flanders

    Single vineyard wines with Barnaby Flanders

    Halliday Wine Companion 'By the Glass' EP 4: Barnaby Flanders, Garagiste.

    The turn of phrase Single Vineyard or townships wines is often thrown around in today’s wine world, and on today’s show we delve into this very notion and explore the world of site-specific wines.

    Join us as we chat with viticulturist and winemaker Barny Flanders, from Garagiste on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, who specialises in single vineyard, township wines that showcase the unique features of various sub regions and microclimates.

    Any thoughts or suggestions for upcoming episodes? Please email us at bytheglass@hardiegrant.com and don't forget to follow Halliday Wine Companion over on instagram here.

    Want to know what wine we were drinking? 
    Garagiste ‘Tuerong’ Chardonnay 2019
    Garagiste ‘Merricks’ Chardonnay 2019
    Garagiste ‘Merricks’ Pinot Noir 2019
    Garagiste ‘Balnarring’ Pinot Noir 2019

    Looking for a little more wine inspiration?

    For more information on Australian wines and wineries, including tasting notes, head over to winecompanion.com.au.

    Interested in becoming a Halliday Wine Companion member? Click here.

     

    Hardie Grant acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognises their continuing connection to the land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min
    An introduction to wine with Penny Vine

    An introduction to wine with Penny Vine

    Halliday Wine Companion 'By the Glass' EP 1: Penny Vine, Cutler & Co.

    So perhaps you’re new to wine or wanting to learn more about it...wherever you’re at, this first episode is all about laying a strong foundation. From how to store and serve your wine at home, to chatting with the sommelier at your favourite restaurant. Sommelier Penny Vine takes it back to basics. 

    For a bit of background, Penny runs the wine list at Melbourne institution Cutler and Co, a fabulous restaurant on Gertrude St in Fitzroy, Melbourne. She is approachable, relaxed and loves a drink! So who better to kick off off our new series with?! 

    Any thoughts or suggestions for upcoming episodes? Please email us at bytheglass@hardiegrant.com and don't forget to follow Halliday Wine Companion over on instagram here.

    Want to know what wine we were drinking? 

    2018, BELINDA THOMSON SEA PARTY SAUV BLANC SEMILLON UNDER FLOR, HENTY, VIC

    Looking for a little more wine inspiration?

    For more information on Australian wines and wineries, including tasting notes, head over to winecompanion.com.au.

    Interested in becoming a Halliday Wine Companion member? Click here.

     

    Hardie Grant acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognises their continuing connection to the land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 41 min
    The art of wine tasting with Erin Larkin

    The art of wine tasting with Erin Larkin

    Halliday Wine Companion 'By the Glass' EP 2: Erin Larkin, Halliday tasting team.

    Independent wine writer, judge and Halliday wine taster Erin Larkin shares her tips on how to taste like a pro! From how to swirl, spit and describe your next glass of wine. 

    Erin also offers up interesting insight into life as a professional taster, from how many wines she tries in a day to how she breaks tradition and orders her tastings.

    Any thoughts or suggestions for upcoming episodes? Please email us at bytheglass@hardiegrant.com and don't forget to follow Halliday Wine Companion over on instagram here.

    Want to know what wine we were drinking? 

    2020, FRANKLAND ESTATE ISOLATION RIDGE RIESLING, FRANKLAND RIVER, WA. 

    Looking for a little more wine inspiration?

    For more information on Australian wines and wineries, including tasting notes, head over to winecompanion.com.au.

    Interested in becoming a Halliday Wine Companion member? Click here.

     

    Hardie Grant acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognises their continuing connection to the land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    Grape-based spirits with Holly Klintworth

    Grape-based spirits with Holly Klintworth

    Halliday Wine Companion 'By the Glass' EP 3: Holly Klintworth, Bass & Flinders.

    Holly heads up her families distillery Bass & Flinders on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. Founded in 2009 as a project, inspired by a passion for the traditional distilled fruit and grape based products of Europe, Holly and her family set out to add value to the local region by turning wine into spirit, showcasing varietals such as shiraz, pinot noir and chardonnay. 

    Originally they set out to produce a premium brandy – and while this was maturing in French oak they played around with other products using the same eau de vie as their base spirit. Today they produce a range of spirits, fruit and grape brandies and liqueurs.

    In today's episode Holly sits down with Tom to chat about the benefits of grape-based spirits, as well as how to drink and pair gin at your next dinner party. 

    Any thoughts or suggestions for upcoming episodes? Please email us at bytheglass@hardiegrant.com and don't forget to follow Halliday Wine Companion over on instagram here.

    Want to know what wine we were drinking? 

    HEARTBREAK, PINOT NOIR GIN, BASS & FLINDERS, VIC

    Looking for a little more wine inspiration?

    For more information on Australian wines and wineries, including tasting notes, head over to winecompanion.com.au.

    Interested in becoming a Halliday Wine Companion member? Click here.

     

    Hardie Grant acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognises their continuing connection to the land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Ally Atacama ,

Great to finally have an accessible, professional wine podcast

Tom is an energetic and accessible host. Long time wine lover but new learner - am really enjoying Tom’s insights and questions.

Mullo1957 ,

Information and interesting

Loved listening to James Halliday’s passion for wines. I walked each day during Covid19 isolation and this was so easy and such a pleasure to listen to. At times I could taste and feel the tannins and fruits and berries and almost smell the bouquets of the wines mentioned through out the podcasts. Very informative guests as well. Cheers🍷🥂👍🤓

Jaylay78 ,

Inspiring

It is so good
To here James speak of he’s wines and the appreciation he has for it over the years. I really enjoy this podcast and look forward to hear more to help me
With my collection.

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