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Today Trennert Reserve McLaren Vale Cabernet
Was $14.99 Now $9.99 Save $60.00

Friday, 28th November 2014 - David Farmer

We make some serious wines and today I highlight the Trennert Reserve from McLaren Vale. For today I also lower the price to $9.99. I did this 'one day' price for the previous vintage on June 30th 2013 and the wine sold out. Cabernets from McLaren Vale have been winning many show awards in recent years which should be of no surprise as it has a favourable ocean side aspect. more...

New Tasty McLaren Vale Chardonnay $5.99
Wednesday, 26th November 2014 - David Farmer

If you need a good red I have the answer. On special is another of our fabulous Barossa Valley big reds, the Bagot Station for $5.99; plus I continue the offer on the wine I term a McWhopper, the Farmer and Growers Ploughman. I also draw you attention to the 2014 Xmas Mixed Dozen. more...

2010 Barossa Shiraz with X-Factor
Monday, 24th November 2014 - David Farmer

If I wanted to buy two reds today they would be the two on special. Both are from the glorious 2010 vintage noted for creating an X factor in the grapes which produced wines of wonderful complexity and longevity. As the price indicates the Brutus is better than the Burgoyne. I also introduce a new McLaren Vale Chardonnay. more...

Go To Section: Shopping News
Spring Grenache Carnival 2014 is Underway
Sunday, 19th October, 2014 - David Farmer

The second Glug Grenache Carnival is underway. One of Glug's many aims is to popularise grenache which has been a forgotten variety for far too long. While it is true you have been able to buy grenache in blends with shiraz and mataro for a few decades, commonly abbreviated as GSMs, it has seldom been offered as a singular varietal and only in the last decade have the adventurous begun to regularly master its charms. more...

Go To Section: Regional Studies & Terrior
Final Thoughts: A 40 year Adventure in Geology, Soils, Landscapes and Wine.
Part 5 - The New Wine Regions of Australia

Monday, 6th October, 2014 - David Farmer

I concluded Part 4 by stating that below ground influences of soils, bedrock and geology were not important in the development of wine flavours. Yet wine regions are defined by artificial boundaries and only rarely at the local level is geography influential. Since the remaining causes of flavour, climate-weather and viticulture - wine-making, are not confined by such boundaries it follows that the idea of relating wine to discrete areas is not the best way of understanding flavours. more...

Part 4 - Terroir Makes Little Sense and is a Term Best Left to the French
Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014 - David Farmer
Part 3 - Clues from Other Regions, New Zealand, Argentine and Australia
Friday, 30th May, 2014 - David Farmer
Part 2 - Detailed Mapping in Australia Offers Clues on Soils, Rocks and Taste
Thursday, 20th February, 2014 - David Farmer
Part 1 - Understanding the Topic, Terroir and the French Experience
Thursday, 13th February, 2014 - David Farmer
Wine Flavours, Climate, Weather, Soils and Geology
Sunday, 12th January, 2014 - David Farmer
Go To Section: What The Market Says
The Story of Penfolds Wine Storage Cabinets and Old Fashioned Discounting
Friday, 5th September 2014 - David Farmer

The marketing hype said this: "Clarke (Michael Clarke CEO Treasury Wine Estates) said TWE will launch its biggest ever consumer promotion next month. For any six bottles of Penfolds Bin Series or Icon and Luxury wines purchased, consumers in Australia will be able to purchase an exclusive refrigerated wine cabinet that stores up to 32 wine bottles at a significantly reduced price. more...

Go To Section: On Tasting
Which is Better - Young Wine or Aged?
Wednesday, 27th August, 2014 - David Farmer

When you watch wine judges at work you will note time and time again that younger, fresher wines receive higher scores than older wines. It is also usual in vertical tastings of famous wines to observe younger wines receiving scores as high as or higher than the venerable, classical vintages. In long, vertical tastings covering many decades the famous classical vintages with high scores will have on either side wines with mid-level scores.. more...

Go To Section: Glug News Feed
2014-11-18 18:04:33 - David “Ms Rosales’s career is thus a searing social commentary on a business which purports to celebrate humanity's highest culture but in which names are more important than aesthetics and experts cannot tell the difference between an original and a   more...
2014-11-11 09:55:28 - David Jane MacQuitty, wine critic of The Times: “Bordeaux is big business and even in a truly trying vintage like 2013 there are millions of euros to be made….With so much money at stake not every chateau visit, tasting note or primeur sample, can be   more...
2014-11-06 18:02:53 - David Making all wines AAA. “…..Asked whether the bank had specifically asked S&P to give the product a AAA rating when it was commissioned, Mr Finch said he would not deny it was the preferred outcome for the bank. What they wanted was an attractive   more...
Go To Section: The Australian Wine Industry
Remembering the Twelves and Mount Pleasant
Saturday, 5th July, 2014 - David Farmer

The great men of wine had gathered to taste 'the twelves'. Then they began to memorise about 'the twelves', displaying colourful recollections of 'the twelves' having this or that character, or I recall this 'twelve', as they circled each other jostling for position before one used that superb cliche, 'it's so typical of the twelves'. At this point the great Len Evans had had enough and told them to 'shut up and just drink the wine'. more...

Go To Section: What We Drank Last Night
Svetlana Acquired Taste Heartbreak Grape and Galway
Friday, 4th July, 2014 - David Farmer

Years ago Ben gave me with the insight that in the eastern hills of the Barossa, the region we call Eden Valley, lived Svetlana the keeper of Gruner Veltlinger, or as he called her the Lady of the Eastern Hills. I had doubts if such a person existed and even more doubts about the future, if any, of Gruner Veltlinger. more...

MORE DRINKS FROM OTHER NIGHTS
Go To Section: Annals of Marketing
Winery Names and Naming Wine Labels
Sunday, 6th April, 2014 - David Farmer

In the late 1970s I imported a collection of wines from the Napa Valley and one of these was Diamond Creek. At the time I thought nothing of the name or label, and apart from knowing it was a cult wine and thus of high repute simply concentrated on the wine quality.
By 1996 I was consulting to a liquor group which from 1992 had been developing a portfolio of house brands. more...

Go To Section: General Comments
Four Barossa Winemakers Talking About Mataro
Thursday, 27th March, 2014 - David Farmer

Mataro was one of the first varieties planted in South Australia and from the 1880s was a staple in the production of fortified wines. The period from the 1890s till the 1950s spans the dark ages for table wine in Australia and the choice was beer, spirits, sherry and port. more...



WINE QUOTES
A Walk in the Park
Attributed to: Anon
Source: Saturday 17th September 2005, A customer (anonymous), being served a "Chilli Wine" at a Chinese restaurant
Contributed by: Miller, Brian

"Dad, if we can cope with Kosher wine, then this is a walk in the park"


A regular update of wines we've found interesting and a few we'd rather forget more...





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