Dealing with climate change will be a big topic over the next few years and the wine industry will have to play it's role. Many vineyards and wineries are using environmentally friendly production methods, or are modifying processes to do so. It makes sense financially, as well as being a marketing plus. Packaging of wine is just as important. Considerable energy can be saved by using lighter
I've broken out! I've built a page about Riesling! I know it's not "alternative" but I like it. See this page I've even invited your comments. Be part of the Riesling resurgence. Best Riesling wines
Riesling is a much misunderstood grape and wine style. The public hate it but it is becoming more accepted, in fact it is now the fastest growing wine style in the US. Three new organisations have emerged on the international scene dedicated to this wonderful grape. The EU's Wine Institute, Washington's Riesling, and a body called the Riesling Rendezvous. Not sure what the Aussies are doing.
Albarino pioneer winemaker Damien Tscharke. In The Age on 5/2/2008 Jeni Port reports on the enthusiasm for albarino that is gripping some vineyards n Australia. A great white is circling - Epicure article
Not Pinot Gris A vineyard owner is suing a nursery for allegedly selling him thousands of the wrong grape vines. The South Australian vineyard owner says the mistake was not picked up until the vines matured about four years later. Full story here
Vintage 2008 is underway By all reports it is looking better in quantity at least better than last year, but It's big continent that we live on. I am collecting a few reports for you to browse at Australian Wine Vintage 2008 on Squidoo Contact me if you are a winemaker or grower and would like to share your experience with this vintage.
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is coming again. Events will be held between 22 February to 8 March 2008. You can get involved in classes, tastings, long lunches (throughout Victoria) and lots of other exciting Food/wine events. See link below for more details. Melbourne Food and Wine - MF
Strathbogie Ranges Wine Region is one of the least known wine regions in Victoria. It's not that the region is remote, it is on the south east side of the Hume highway, between Seymour and Benalla. But the countryside is rugged and there are only a few towns in the region. A large proportion of the grapes grown here is used in wineries based elsewhere. But it is a region worth finding out
I've put up the program for the Victorian Wine Regions Showcase Series. These events are held on the first Wednesday and following Thursday of each month at the Atrium in Federation Square Melbourne. Each showcase features a particular region on cluster of regions. Wineries from the regions(typically 15- 30 wineries per month) set up stalls. As a visitor you are able to visit the virtual
Article in the Adelaide Advertiser about Peter Godden (pictured below) and his passion for making great Nebbiolo AdelaideNow... See the full article in the 'tiser Vinodiversity's page about Nebbiolo wine including a list of other producers in Australia.
Steve De Long, the man of the Varietal Vine table has just released a snazzy new tasting notebook with a great cover. I have a few available in Australia for sale, so you can snap one up if you are quick. The 60 page book has a handy 8-page slip-out containing 216 aroma and flavour descriptors and other wine terms you should know, plus detailed instructions on how to taste a wine and write a
The problems of drought, frosts and fires have severely impacted on the Australian wine crop over thee past couple of years. Production is down, and exports are falling rapidly. The price per litre received for exported Australian wine is going up. This is despite the continued high value of the Australian dollar. The graph below shows the unit value of wine exports is recovering strongly from
My friend George Biron has entered the Blogosphere. He and his partner Diane are reopening the renowned Sunnybrae, the restaurant in the middle of the paddock. George is a fabulous and inventive chef. His blog is beautifully designed and presented so check it out. Sunnybrae Restaurant and Cooking School
Another year has bitten the dust and we have all had some wonderful wine experiences, well I have I hope you have as well. I've put up a list of some of my best wines for the year just past; you c an check it out, and perhaps make a suggestion or two. So far we have a Rkatsiteli from New York State, and a Cab merlot from Israel, surely there is someone who has tried a good Australian