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Best of Breed from South Australia
Monday, 24th August 2015 - David Farmer

Australia has perfected the judging of wine which maintains and improves the 'best of breed'. It also has the benefit of making our winemakers competitive and they are the 'best of breed' globally. Still they are prone to playful tricks and holding on to old mannerisms and one of these has concerned me for a long time. more...

All Wines Created by Glug in the Barossa Valley
Saturday, 22nd August 2015 - David Farmer

South Australian Premium Reds and Whites 45%-70% Off. 34th Weekend the Six Best From the Last 80 Days. Huge Savings from $72.00 - $156.00. more...

Last Day of Karrawirra Barossa Shiraz at $9.99
Friday, 21st August 2015 - David Farmer

That ageless, great winemaker Gary Baldwin (first vintage 1977) passed through the Barossa the other day. Gary has been making wine almost as long as I have been selling it. In the early 1980s he was at Arrowfield in the Upper Hunter and made a sensational Chardonnay which won the Farmer Bros Chardonnay Trophy for aged Chardonnay which I had developed for the Canberra National Wine Show. 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...

MORE DRINKS FROM OTHER NIGHTS
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
The Landscape and Vineyards of the Murray Basin
Wednesday, 29th July, 2015 - David Farmer

Few wine commentators wish to understand the significance of the Murray Basin taking the view that the basin is no more than a maker of industrial wines. The average wine buyer cannot afford the wines they like to write about and to make price sensitive wines you need regions like the Murray Basin. After all over 60% of the country's wine comes from the Murray Basin while supplying the 30% packaged as casks. more...

The Landscape and Vineyards of the Murray Basin - Appendix 1
Wednesday, 29th July, 2015 - David Farmer

To appreciate the wine story of the Murray Basin it helps to understand how the basin formed, or its geological evolution. Please note this long section has no bearing on wine flavours. Also it is a simplification and re-arrangement of the published information. Three issues are of special interest in considering how the Murray Basin evolved; more...

Wine Flavours, Climate, Weather, Soils and Geology
Sunday, 12th January, 2014 - David Farmer

The following six articles are based on a talk I gave to the Field Geologists Club of South Australia, on May 2nd 2013.

I took the opportunity to talk to this group to consolidate my thoughts which are captured in the general term 'terroir' which have been maturing since the late 1990s, a time when I wanted to understand the science behind the role of nature, as distinct from wine-making, in the flavours of wine. more...



WINE QUOTES
Tea Tasting in Shanghai
Attributed to: Cheng Kuo Chun
Source: As related, Shanghai, 1980
Contributed by: Anon

A quote about tea that reminds us about wine which was told to us in June, 1980. The tasting of tea and wine have much in common and many of the words used to describe aromas and tastes are similar. One term used in tea tasting is briskness and this has a future in wine descriptions as making popular fruit driven styles needs a term to describe their vitality and freshness.

"In the springtime we drink Oolong tea because this tea is picked during autumn and retains autumn flavour. In the summertime we drink pan fried green tea because this tea is picked during the spring and retains the spring freshness. In the autumn we drink Jasmine tea as the best Jasmine flowers are grown in mid-summer and then the best tea is made. During winter we enjoy black tea as the deep orange-red colour of the tea warms us and reminds us of summer".


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





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Wednesday, 29th July, 2015

The Landscape and Vineyards of the Murray Basin - Appendix 1

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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

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Glug 10th Anniversary Celebrations:
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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

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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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