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Three Wines at Very Low Prices
Monday, 22nd December 2014 - David Farmer

The changes we have all accepted over the last 15 years never cease to amaze me. Why, even how I fish has been revolutionised. Though back in the wine business, even with the many new regions not a lot has really happened. Must we continue to drink the same varieties as our life proceeds from age 20 to age 80? The great Michael Broadbent's hierarchy of varieties looks increasingly dated. more...

Beat the French with Six Australian Country Wines
Saturday, 20th December 2014 - David Farmer

At this time of the year we spend, though I do my best to remain the wine merchant and continue thinking of value for money. The last decade has seen a remarkable boom in imported wines and I have noted impressive reviews with high scores for many. Over the last few months I have read astonishing descriptions for Roses from Provence, priced at $62.99 and $32.99 and Village Beaujolais from Morgon for $62.99. more...

Battle Over Goat - Ben Wins Farmer Loses
Friday, 19th December 2014 - David Farmer

Would you believe a wide age gap may lead to differences of opinion? Fortunately I have finely honed management skills - to keep the peace give in. Ben turned to me the other day and in reference to the Goat Shiraz 2012 said; 'Stop piss farting around, and give our customers what they want.' On the 12th November I said the last Goat would be kept for a future cellar release as the wine is that good. more...

Go To Section: Shopping News
The Making of the Perfect Press Grenache
Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014 - David Farmer

Innovation- we are told a business must innovate or the world will pass by. In my line of work which is selling the product of the fermented grape I wonder what this means as what is left to innovate? Wine has been around for so long that every possible combination has been tried again and again. You can drink the product when it is youthful or you may try it aged. You can serve it sweet to dry. 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
2014-12-21 10:20:07 - David More than half of British shoppers refuse to spend more than £6 on a bottle of wine. Only seven per cent of us will spend more than £10 on a bottle in a supermarket, the study by drinks specialist Harpers found. The findings prompted one supplier –   more...
2014-12-01 17:26:53 - David “The head of what is commonly termed France’s anti-alcohol lobby, the ANPAA, has told an audience of Champagne growers their wines are a potential health hazard. Dr Alain Rigaud, who heads the Association Nationale de Prévention en Alcoologie et   more...
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...
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 Rhapsody of Wine with Food
Attributed to: Waugh, Alec
Source: In Praise of Wine, (Cassel)
Contributed by: Anon

This quote has a distinctive pre-war flavour although the dinner was held in London in 1958. The Burgundy referred to is the Chateau Gris Nuit St Georges 1928.

"The soufflé that accompanied the Burgundy was firm but feathery, hot and succulent, playing a subsidiary role with grace and elegance-a bandillero to a matador. And never have I tasted a Burgundy to match the Chateau Gris. It was supreme, full and soft and rich and heavy... As long as I remember anything, I shall remember those two bottles of Chateay Gris. They will be an amulet against the raucous self-assertive voices of modernity. …and I see those sacred slopes softened by the amber radiance of a Burgundian sunset, I shall remember those two bottles which could have been produced at no other time, and in no other place, and I shall see the whole process of living enriched by the miracle that is in wine."


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





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Year 2002 the High Point for Australian Wine Producers

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Monday, 14th April, 2014

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