Category: Wine Blog

Samuel's Gorge

Grenache blends; the perfect balance of power, personality and presence

Blends of grenache, shiraz and mouvedre (mataro) are extremely popular amongst Australian wine consumers and wine producers are adding the style to their cellar lists in abundance. The spiritual home of these blends is the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC in the southern parts of France’s Rhone Valley where the Mediterranean climate is ideally suited to these key…
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Rod Kempe, Lake's Folly & Travis Schultz

Lake’s Folly; a small winery making big waves

When the management consultants decreed that “diversification is the key to risk management”, Lake’s Folly founder, Max Lake, clearly missed the memo. Since establishing the vineyard and winery in 1963, the Hunter Valley label has gone from strength to strength, making only two wines; a cabernet (yes, cabernet!) and a chardonnay. Minimalistic, perhaps, but the…
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Wirra Wirra

Wirra Wirra Grenache

For reasons I’ve never really understood, Grenache has long been the Nutribullet of grape varietals; not really a headline act itself, but considered really useful for blending. But in recent years, the style seems to be gaining momentum as a single varietal of note and one worthy of occupying space in the cellar. And if…
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Three Bridges Durif

Durif; power and presence

As the mercury drops, the days shorten and the winter westerlies begin to bite, it’s time to push the white wines aside and reach for the big brooding reds that match the cold season cuisine and warm you on the inside. And typically, at least in my house, the go-to drop is normally either Cabernet…
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Yalumba Viognier

International Viognier Day

In these times of polished marketing, data-driven delivery and social media savviness, there’s an “International Day” for just about every product or service – no matter how dumb the idea sounds. From International Fruitcake Toss Day in January to Caramel Popcorn Day in April and Donald Duck Day in June, there’s a ridiculous reason to…
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Riedel Decanter

To decant, or not to decant

It may at times be misunderstood as snobbery, haughtiness or the hallmark of pretention, but the practice of decanting a bottle of wine really can be an important speed bump between cork removal and pouring a glass. Sure, it can be somewhat of an inconvenience to have to find the crystal vessel you inherited from…
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Lake Canobolas Reserve - Orange NSW

Orange Chardonnay – the very cool new kid in town

If you were to ask a bunch of wine gurus (self-proclaimed or otherwise) where you’ll find the world’s best Chardonnay, I’m guessing that at least eight out of ten will tell you that you’d need to travel to Burgundy in France and visit a sub-region like Chablis or Côte de Beaune. Others may well say…
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Tamar Valley

Tasmania’s Tamar Valley Wines

As state and federal governments begin their push to encourage all of us to holiday domestically this year, there’s probably no better time to visit Queensland’s far north – but if a cooler climate, fresh air and a world-class wine trail are high in your list of priorities, look no further than the pristine beauty…
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Sarah Crowe Yarra Yering

Wine, Women and Cellarbration

With International Women’s Day being celebrated on Friday March 5th, it seemed appropriate to pen an article shining a light on the success of Australia’s women of wine. Amongst Australia’s best female winemakers are many who are the creators and hands behind some on my favourite wines. Names like Liz Heidenreich – the first ever…
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The odd couple – red wine and vegetarianism

The odd couple – red wine and vegetarianism

Research suggests that there are about half a billion vegetarians on the planet – and that number is on the rise; a fringe movement is becoming mainstream due to a focus on health, animal welfare and climate change – or so they say. From my doctor friend who talks about the benefits of a meat…
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