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While reflecting on past sins during night shift at the winery David Pike contemplates the international successes of some of Western Australia’s wineries.

Wine education goes corporate

STRONG demand for wine education programs has prompted the Wine Education Centre to take its wine courses to Perth’s boardrooms.

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With ideal conditions for the gathering of the white grape, David Pike, on duty for the 2003 vintage, turns his mind to his favourite white grape – the chardonnay.

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MATSURI Restaurant owner Yutaka Takeuchi has reopened his site at 900 Hay Street as a takeaway store and is evaluating other retail sites in the CBD for similar concepts.

Sarawak pepper’s all it’s cracked up to be

PERTH hospitality guru David Weinman has been commissioned by The Marketing Pepper Board of Malaysia to promote Sarawak pepper across the globe. And what better place to start than in his home town, Perth?

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The dawn is rising on another vintage and, as David Pike discovers, it could be a pretty good one. IT has approached that time of the year when I get to see dawn on a daily basis.

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Rain, while desperately needed in the pastoral and cropping regions of the eastern States is proving to be a huge headache for winemakers, as David Pike discovers.

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There’s plenty of activity in Applecross as some familiar names bring a little more choice and flavour to the area, as Julie-anne Sprague reports.

Tales of love and romance

WHILE Valentine’s Day was more than a week ago, Gusto couldn’t go past some of these great-night-out stories.

Vans hailin’ new menu options

VANS Sidewalk Café has reopened under the ownership of Kevin McCabe and David Cooney.

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The gap between Australian fizz and the best Champagne from France may be narrowing, but David Pike doubts we will ever match the masters.

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A recent tasting has left David Pike in awe of that naughty, unpredictable variety that is pinot noir. This wine has a nasty habit of performing inconsistently. PINOR Noir is a very naughty grape variety because it very rarely behaves on cue.

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The world’s appreciation of Western Australian wines is growing, and the efforts of Patrick Salord and other sommeliers is helping drive the success, as Julie-anne Sprague reports.

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Jerry Fraser can shuck oysters with the best of them and has built quite a reputation for himself in his short time in Perth, as Julie-anne Sprague reports.

Simon’s says go alfresco

RENOVATIONS to create a new-look cafe section at Simon’s Seafood Restaurant are complete and include a stylish Italian pizza oven.

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OH the outdoor life. My day of rest this weekend was spent lending a hand to a couple of aspiring local vignerons that needed to attend to their bird problem.

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City dwellers prone to a purchase or two at a continental deli rejoice. One of the city’s best has opened a new outlet, as Julie-anne Sprague reports.

Competition’s good for business

THE news that Umberto Tinelli is opening a new restaurant, Rigoletto, just minutes away from his former establishment, Campo de Fiori (now known as Gala Restaurant), does not worry Gala’s new owners Hans Lang and Marianne Kempf.

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On his way back down south for another vintage David Pike turns his mind to the weighty topic of the emergence of regionality in WA’s wine growing centres.

School’s in for WA’s top chefs

BEV Sprague’s Amano Cooking School is getting ready for its first classes in March.

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For the likes of David Pike the festive season doesn’t end with the New Year, as this week’s invitation to summer fun, music, food and wine indicates.

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