Damp January.

Welcome to my first blog post of 2024! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. It’s been a whirlwind month transitioning from the Netherlands back to Australia, filled with numerous wine-related adventures.

I recently joined Champagne Collectors, an extension of Glass of Bubbly, where vintage and rare Champagne enthusiasts gather to share experiences, network, and trade. With over 4,700 members on Facebook and nearly 1,000 followers on Instagram, it’s a vibrant community worth joining. Additionally, I contributed an article to Glass of Bubbly on pairing sparkling wine with fast food, which was a delightful exploration.

My series on Australian wine continued with a new installment for Dutch Wine Apprentice, focusing on South Australia’s exquisite wines and regions. I also recapped a memorable visit to a press event for South African winery Nederberg, where we indulged in their celebrated wines in Breuklen, Netherlands.

Back in Australia, I visited Brisbane and Melbourne on business with Wearing Memories Wine Merchants. During our stay, we experienced incredible dining and tasted exceptional wines, including those from SGC, a Bordeaux brand known for its select parcels producing Grand Vin. SGC, founded in 2006 by Arnaud Christiaens, has quickly earned acclaim from notable wine critics and produces about 1,500 cases annually across Medoc, Pomerol, and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.

I’ve also engaged with the wine community through memberships with GuildSomm International, the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FACCI), and Sommeliers Australia. These organizations offer extensive resources and networking opportunities for wine professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Despite the jet lag, being back in Australia has been rejuvenating. I’m excited for the month ahead and eager to share more wine stories with you all. Cheers to a year filled with discovery and fine wines!

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