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Victoria Griffiths

About Victoria Griffiths

Victoria has worked in the wine world, on and off, for about 15 years. Sommelier, educator, sales expert, vineyard worker, writer ... you name it – she’s done it! Her biggest passion is European wine, namely French, having worked in a 2-Michelin-star restaurant as a sommelier in Lyon for two years. She also worked as a sommelier in a 1-Michelin star restaurant in London. Little wonder, her expertise lies in creative food and wine matching. This is all backed up by a formal wine qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits from the WSET (that’s the one just under Master of Wine). When not writing furiously, you might spot Victoria having a good glass of Riesling (off-dry and German, preferably) or walking her Poodle, Beau, around the park.
Wine writer & Foodie lover

Celebrate International Chardonnay Day!

The critics agree: “Chardonnay is unquestionably the world’s finest dry white wine” (Scotland on Sunday) … “unbeatable” (The Observer) … “one of the world’s greatest grape varieties” (The Times). So get ready to celebrate International Chardonnay Day this Saturday in fine style.

Rediscover Chardonnay
Chardonnay’s had a bit of a bad rep over the past few years. […]

Warm up with winter whites

Brrrr … the temperatures have dropped, so here’s your winter wines survival kit … but with a difference.

Lighter side of winter
Many people drink seasonally – red wines in winter, whites in summer; you know the story. I am not one of those people. For white wines are not only for hot sunny days. They can […]

Chill out with your reds

Throw out the rule book
“Forget the old ‘room temperature’ rule – some reds taste better out of the fridge” (Tim Atkin, Master of Wine). Serving slightly cold red wine isn’t blasphemy; it’s the perfect thing to drink on a balmy evening. And Australia’s predominantly warm, sunny climate, along with wide-ranging cuisine, is ideal for serving […]

Decant or not to decant?

That is the question… there is some confusion as to why we decant wines. So let me share with you a few little secrets (and bust some myths while we’re at it).

We decant for two reasons
Either to aerate a young wine (often full-bodied reds) or to remove a sediment in an old wine (think aged […]

A wine’s staying power

How long can you keep a wine?
Lately we’ve been fielding quite a few queries from customers on how long you can keep a wine – so let me share some views on that matter.

Tannins and acidity
Firstly, there are two reasons why the ageing ability of a red and a white wine differs. It’s the tannin, […]