Brown Brothers are an Australian wine family with a long tradition of wine making. I was recently tried their range at  a dinner at Hix in Soho with their Wine Ambassador, Andrew Harris.


Being unfamiliar with the history of the company, Andrew gave me a brief synopsis. Founded in 1889 by John Francis Brown, it is one of the few major family owned wine businesses in Australia today. The company was taking forward by John’s son, John Charles Brown. He and his sons have built it into a one of  Australia’s First Families of Wine. They have established a reputation for experimenting with innovative grape varieties as well as being specialist with certain varieties, namely, chardonnay and shiraz. At the dinner we started off with a sparkling wine from Victoria. The Patricia range takes its name from the wife of John Charles. She was instrumental in building the brand and when her sons decided to name a wine after her, she said, “You can use my name but it better be good…” A blend of chardonnay and pinot noir from Victoria , it’s a delicious sparkler with yeasty, toasty notes and a hint of citrus on the end. The grapes are hand picked and only the cleanest and freshest juice is used in production. The wine has to pass a very strict benchmark tasting with other Australian sparklers before it is allowed to be called Patricia.


Next we tried the new range from Tasmania, the 18 Eighty Nine Sauvignon Blanc and the Limited Release Banksdale Chardonnay from Victoria. They were both served with fresh oysters on the half shell. The sauvignon blanc was delicious with the oysters with a peppery clean finish to it and loads of green gage flavours. The Chardonnay had lots of green apple flavors, tight and fresh on the palate, a real palate cleanser. I liked it with the oysters but it was certainly a different wine from the sauvignon, the chardonnay being a bit heavier in character.


Next we had a huge plate of chops, lamb, pork and beef served up. Meaty, juicy perfectly cooked chops, not too red and not over done, accompanied by baked bone marrow and crispy “potato specials” – a meat lovers delight. Paired with all that protein, the Limited Release Heathcote Shiraz 2003 and the Patricia 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Patricia spends 2 years in barrel before spending a further 2 and half years in bottle. The result is a rich and concentrated wine that doesn’t go over the top. The Heathcote Shiraz had a spicy and savoury character to it, being a more elegant and light wine but still having a lean power behind it. I enjoyed both with the meats but for different reasons. It’s  been awhile since I had been to an Australian wine dinner but I enjoyed it immensely. It’s always good to see what’s out there and I was very pleased to drink such quality wines from Australia.


On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 1:31 PM, Lyn Funnell <> wrote:

Hi Denise, got anything for tomorrow?

I need to start on it early until Jim the computer man comes.

Denise Medrano
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About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.