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Great Premium Reds and Whites 50%-70% Off
Saturday, 1st August 2015 - David Farmer

Huge Savings from $96.00 - $180.00. The 31st Weekend Six Best From the Last 30 Days. Many of the big show awards for McLaren Vale reds over the last decade, such as the Jimmy Watson, have been for Cabernets. more...

Finding Value Big South Australian Reds
Friday, 31st July 2015 - David Farmer

It must be exciting and frightening when starting life in a new land. The first order in the colony of South Australia was allocate land and grow food. The colonists arrived with vines and over the years the gene pool expanded with cuttings from N.S.W., Tasmania, Victoria, the Cape Colony, Madeira and more from France and Spain. What a valuable varietal mix we now have yet the significance of this amazing resource, as great as or greater than any on the globe, is in my opinion way under-priced. more...

Last Day Adelaidean Bonus Red
Wednesday, 29th July 2015 - David Farmer

Given time most of the 'good things of life' that are tradeable will settle at a Global price, more so in this age with instant price comparison. Still perception, fashion and exchange rates can confuse consumers about where the value lies for extended periods. I have argued for decades that the Global value of the wine treasures of the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range were not recognised. more...

Go To Section: Annals of Marketing
Rosemount Reaches the End of the Road
Monday, 15th June, 2015 - David Farmer

As believers search the desert for Lasseter's lost gold reef so it is that marketers at Treasury Wines study crystallography for the perfect diamond shape to revive the fortunes of the Rosemount brand. A recent marketing meeting ended with the cry 'we have found it', the diamond which will have customers grabbing bottles from the shelves of supermarkets. more...

Go To Section: The Australian Wine Industry
Sophie Seppelts Said We Would Never Die but History Proved Unkind
Friday, 24th April, 2015 - David Farmer

A wine and food dinner in the Barossa Valley on the 16th June, 2007 at the Seppeltsfield dining hall, C1890, with winemaker James Godfrey, far exceeded my expectations. By the end of the evening I was in no doubt I had tasted the greatest range of fortifieds I would ever see, and likely the best that could be assembled anywhere in the world. more...

Go To Section: Glug News Feed
2015-06-09 14:11:36 - David ‘It didn’t help that, by some cosmic joke, my Dry January took place during the wettest January on record. I failed to go to two parties because what was the point of braving the monsoon to stand around holding a glass of water for two hours?    more...
2015-04-23 17:35:26 - David “They realised that . . . we are not a sexy business…We do the things that other people don't want to do any more. For instance, we still have a big cask business; we still have a big commercial wine business in the sub $10 to $12 bracket…When I   more...
2015-02-02 09:19:35 - 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...
Go To Section: Shopping News
Glug Wine Tasting
Barossa Valley - 20th and 21st March

Sunday, 15th March, 2015 - David Farmer

Join us at the Glug Barossa Valley warehouse this Friday and Saturday for our first tasting. A range of wines will be open though any wine not open, which you wish to try, will be opened on request. You will also be able to taste more recent wines which have not been bottled. more...

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: 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...

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...

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

The Old Way of Describing Wine - Its Been Down Hill Ever Since
Attributed to: Campbell, Ian Maxwell
Source: 'Reminiscences of a Vintner', Chapman and Hall, 1950.
Contributed by: Anon

Very few people now will ever taste, let alone regularly, wines of great age and pedigree. This may be the reason that very simple wines are written about as if the have come down from heaven. None of us can ever have the training that the English pre-war wine merchants saw as a matter of course. They developed a simple but very effective way of describing wine that depended upon comparisons to other great wines with which it was assumed the other party would have familiarity.

"On 2nd November, 1948, I lunched with Berry Brothers to meet Argyll friends in the persons of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Courtauld of Muckairn: the four young directors of the firm were present and regaled us with 1934 Ch. Canon, St. Emilion, which was sweet, fairly full bodied and very pleasant to drink: but the 'wine of astonishment' was the 1921 of the same estate, which showed more body and more sugar and flavour: vintage 1921, as is well known, was looked upon as a failure with the outstanding exception of the famous Cheval Blanc which was a masterpiece.

"The Canon lies in the same vignoble, that of St. Emilion, not very far from Cheval Blanc and, like it, seems to have escaped the sunstroke that spoiled the vintage as a whole, even before it came to birth. As I think I mentioned in Wayward Tendrils, one or two wines succeeded in pulling through, and the Knight Templar of the year, the Cheval Blanc, has a very dapper equerry and companion in the Canon.

"The Berry quartet, exhibiting a love of harmony and counterpoint, following the two Canons with the 1906 Cheval Blanc which I found a little disappointing on this occasion; though still full in the mouth and sweet it seemed to have shed something of the stamina of a vigorous year and to be yielding pride of place to the Haut Brion of the same vintage."

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

Rosemount Reaches the End of the Road

Monday, 15th June, 2015

Sophie Seppelts Said We Would Never Die but History Proved Unkind

Friday, 24th April, 2015

The Making of the Perfect Press Grenache

Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

Spring Grenache Carnival 2014 is Underway

Sunday, 19th October, 2014

Glug 10th Anniversary Celebrations:
Our Difference

Sunday, 14th September, 2014

The Story of Penfolds Wine Storage Cabinets and Old Fashioned Discounting

Friday, 5th September 2014

Which is Better - Young Wine or Aged?

Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

Coles Liquor Shows Signs of Life

Friday, 1st August, 2014

John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 2.

Monday, 21st July, 2014

Are You Getting Good Value When You Buy Wine?

Sunday, 6th July, 2014

Remembering the Twelves and Mount Pleasant

Saturday, 5th July, 2014

Svetlana Acquired Taste Heartbreak Grape and Galway

Friday, 4th July, 2014

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