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Saturday, 23rd August, 2014 - David Farmer

I owned a liquor-wine store in the Canberra village of Manuka for many years. I used to hover around in the wine section on Saturdays ready to offer advice when asked ('if' is a better word, as mostly I seemed to get in the way). Shoppers came and went, happy I guess with what they had selected. I think it's a trust thing; does this bloke know more than me or is he just full of BS and recommending wines which are the most profitable? more...

Last Day at $4.99
McLaren Vale Semillon Sauvignon

Wednesday, 20th August, 2014 - David Farmer

After turning 70 a week ago I can now say I'm getting the hang of this wine business. I'm a better wine merchant than the 60 year old that started Glug and, in passing, note that Ben's talent has exploded as he is now the master of many things. A bunch of 18 geologists arrived on Sunday to see first-hand my landscape work so I gave them a guided tour of the Barossa Valley. more...

Last Day Barossa Red Barn $5.99
Monday, 18th August, 2014 - David Farmer

In late June we released a significant Barossa Shiraz, the Stockwell Creek King Shot 2010 at $29.90 a bottle. Whether it's a few barrels of a rare and great wine or 5000 litres of a red we discovered at $1 a litre they both have equal value at Glug. We are simply guided by asking ourselves; will this wine make an interesting glass for the price asked. more...

Go To Section: What The Market Says
Coles Liquor Shows Signs of Life
Friday, 1st August, 2014 - David Farmer

Coles liquor (Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, First Choice) is a big business but they lost direction in the early 2000s and have since wandered aimlessly. They are not the tough, vibrant, number two to Woolworths, which we need, but instead a dispirited retailer with little to say. It is said that Woolworths make $450 million out of liquor while Coles make $40 million. more...

Go To Section: On Tasting
John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 2.
Monday, 21st July, 2014 - David Farmer

In Part 1, I discussed how the judging or grading of wine is fraught with difficulties. I then pondered if a better system was possible and found encouragement in the methods of John Moody in his rating of financial paper. To restate the problem in a different way, consider two teams tasting the same set of wines in different rooms at the same time. more...

Go To Section: Shopping News
Are You Getting Good Value When You Buy Wine?
Sunday, 6th July, 2014 - David Farmer

A favourite topic of mine is wine prices and I like comparing types of wines and whether the retail price meets the expectation of the customer. It is a fascinating topic. Here are some views: more...

Go To Section: Glug News Feed
2014-08-25 07:45:14 - David A wine store. “Mostly, Art Basel is full of innumerable, forgettable paintings. It’s hard to say whether that’s because of the quality of the painting or the layout of the fair. Each dealer brings roughly a dozen works, most of them paintings (or   more...
2014-08-20 08:12:55 - David What is wine? “The biggest increase in ‘how to...’ searches in Australia were for draw, kiss, crochet and meditate. And the biggest increase in ‘what is....’ searches were for twerking, love, gluten, depression and Instagram”. Technology News   more...
2014-08-08 19:05:27 - David What a woman. "I persuaded her to visit Leiths School of Food and Wine, which she did – but only, she insisted, to have lunch with the teachers, not to talk to the students. When she came she was charming, but would only sign battered, bespattered   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: The Festival of Adelaidean Shiraz
Comparing the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range to the Rhone Valley
Saturday, 14th June, 2014 - David Farmer

I have the view that the significance of the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range vineyard region is greater than currently understood and, to offer a comparison, believe it to be more significant than the Rhone Valley. My reasoning for elevating the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range above the Rhone Valley develops from two thoughts; comparing their respective wine quality and weighing up the diversity of styles and varieties which each produce. more...

Go To Section: Wine Books
Perfumes the Guide  - Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez
Profile Books, London, 2008
Review by David Farmer

Alice Normal visited Tanunda a few years back and searching for a suitable gift I explored a local second-hand store which was packed with unusual bits and pieces. Since Ms Normal is an extreme op shopper with a proven talent for unearthing gold amongst the rubbish of a run-down, small town, community store I was under pressure to deliver. more...

Go To Section: One Normal Day
VinExpo Review
Friday, 30th May, 2014 - Alice Normal

This week I found myself at the VinExpo biennale in Hong Kong. I hate these things – because I hate to talk to people about wine. However, I quite like drinking wine and to see what everyone is up to. I'm not sure whether attendance figures were up or down on previous years... I don't imagine we will ever know since the French were organising it. more...

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...

Go To Section: Regional Studies & Terrior
Final Thoughts: A 40 year Adventure in Geology, Soils, Landscapes and Wine.
Part 4 - Terroir Makes Little Sense and is a Term Best Left to the French

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014 - David Farmer

I began by stating that three components build the flavours of a wine. The first component, climate and weather, as well as the second, vineyard and winery practices, are proven to do so. The exact role of the third; soils, bedrock and geology has been the topic of these articles. The term terroir, as it is commonly used, connects the location of the vineyard with the taste of the wine and as noted in part 1 the name implies an association of taste with the soils and bedrock. more...

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


WINE QUOTES
The Bouncing Czech
Attributed to: Allen-Mills, Tony
Source: London Times, 9 October, 2005 about a Czech businessman who once startled London by spending £13,000 on lunch at a Mayfair restaurant
Contributed by: Anon

"Viktor Kozeny, a multi-millionaire entrepreneur who became known as the "Bouncing Czech" after several of his investment schemes turned sour, ... made headlines in London in 1997 when he ordered a £5,000 bottle of La Romanée-Conti with his lunch at Le Gavroche, then gave it to the restaurant staff to drink because he considered the 1985 wine "too young". By the time Kozeny and his two lunch partners had finished their smoked salmon papillotes, beef fillets and navarins of lamb, they had also downed bottles of 1961 Château Latour and 1945 Château Haut-Brion — considered two of the finest claret vintages of the century — and polished off their pudding with a bottle of 1967 Château d'Yquem, the world's most expensive dessert wine. The bill was a world record for a restaurant until six bankers from Barclays spent £44,000 on a London dinner in 2001."


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





LATEST ARTICLES
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

My Replies to Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday, 22nd June, 2014

The 13 Wine Regions of the Adelaidean - Mount Lofty Ranges

Sunday, 8th June, 2014

What you need to Know about The Festival of Adelaidean Shiraz 2014

Sunday, 1st June, 2014

VinExpo Review

Friday, 30th May, 2014

Part 3 - Clues from Other Regions, New Zealand, Argentine and Australia

Friday, 30th May, 2014

The Crowd Moved On but The Beauty of Sherry Continues

Tuesday, 27th May, 2014

Perfumes the Guide

Thursday, 15th May 2014

Year 2002 the High Point for Australian Wine Producers

Monday, 5th May, 2014

Advice for Buying Champagne and Sparkling Wines

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 1

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

The Wines had Something for Everyone and Difficulty Galore

Monday, 14th April, 2014

Winery Names and Naming Wine Labels

Sunday, 6th April, 2014

Follow Ben in a Day's Work at Glug

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014

Tastings Wine Scores and Shapley Values

Thursday, 27th March, 2014

Four Barossa Winemakers Talking About Mataro

Thursday, 27th March, 2014

The Dog Days of Being an Independent Retailer

Monday, 24th March, 2014

Crumbling Brand Access Fees for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Monday, 17th March, 2014

The Harem Barossa Wines from 2012 are Released

Wednesday, 19th March, 2014

Pruning Old Bush Vine Mataro

Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

A Glorious Sunny Day with White Wine and Fish

Saturday, 9th March, 2014

Something Very Odd with Fabulous Bordeaux from 2009

Monday, 3rd March, 2014




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