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Travis Schultz Wine Review Isabel Chardonnay

Isabel Estate Chardonnay

For reasons that I struggle to understand, the Marlborough wine region has become synonymous with sauvignon blanc. The region dominates in sales of the varietal not just in New Zealand but in Australasia for that matter. Since about 2009, the Kiwis’ sauvignon blanc has been the biggest selling wine in Australia; at one point accounting…
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Sorry Mum, I won’t be able to visit you this Mother’s Day

Dear Mum You may have already realised, but I won’t be coming to visit you for Mother’s Day this year, so I’m penning a note instead. I did think of baking you a cake to drop off during a socially-distanced doorstop drive-by, but when I went to my local supermarket, it seemed a horde of…
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Travis Wine Review 2018 Scorpo Aubaine Chardonnay

Scorpo Chardonnay

For as long as I can remember, Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has been revered for its stunning coastline, pristine beaches, rugged clifftops and golf courses – but not least of all, its pinot noir. If you’re a lover of wine, the district would be well and truly on your radar when searching for an affordable alternative…
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Could this be your new go-to bottle of rose?

THE Italian city of Verona lies in the country’s northeast and is one of the regional capitals of the Veneto district. Made famous by Shakespeare who used it as the setting for the Romeo and Juliet story, it’s now a mecca for tourists who seek out its art, architecture and history. For the oenophile, there’s…
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Taylors Jaraman Range

No one wants to pay more than they need to but the bitterness of poor quality lingers well after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. In these troubled economic times, most of us are constantly on the hunt for value; that Goldilocks balance that’s “just right” in the tension between quality and price. After…
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Are expensive wines any better than the cheap ones?

It’s often been said that, “You only get what you pay for”, or that, “If you buy cheaply, you’ll pay dearly”, but is that always the case when it comes to wine? Or is it possible to proverbially drink champagne on a beer budget? Value, like anything, is in the eye of the beholder and…
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Travis Schultz Wine Review Grüner Veltline

Grüner Veltliner

“Gee that’s nice, what is it” – the first words spoken by the lady of the house as she took her first sip of the glass I poured then handed to her after a Saturday afternoon of chores being diligently completed. “Grüner Veltliner”, I said. “Never heard of it”, the reply without lifting her gaze…
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It’s time to work together

To suggest that we’re in unchartered territory would be a statement of the bleeding obvious. In what would more plausibly be the handiwork of a Hollywood screenwriter, the world finds itself in the grip of a pandemic; and panic. And while the medical community prepares for peak infection and our most vulnerable develop their own…
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Unico Zelo Fiano

If my recent straw poll of white wine drinkers is any guide, so-called Savolanche – Australia’s fascination with sauvignon blanc from the Marlborough region in the north of the Shaky-Isles – seems to have finally begun to decline. And that would be to the collective sigh of hundreds, if not thousands, of winemakers around the…
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Does Organic Wine Really Taste Better?

When it comes to organic labelling of products, Australian consumers have become accustomed to paying a premium for the ecolabel on the packaging but somewhat ironically, it has been quite the contrary with bottled wine. Whether it’s because of a perceived trade-off of quality for ecologically focused practices in the vineyard, or just that the…
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