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Today Only - Bargain Grenache Day
Friday, 31st October 2014 - David Farmer

Today is Grenache Friday. Ben and I love this variety and want our customers becoming comfortable with its many moods. So on this the 17th Day of the Spring Grenache Carnival I smash the price on three wonderful wines. Today only they will be at their lowest ever prices and they will not be repeated. more...

Three Big Selling Reds On Special
Wednesday, 29th October 2014 - David Farmer

It's the 15th day of our Spring Grenache Carnival though I want to talk about the three best-selling reds over the last few months. They are; Princeland Watch Shiraz, Goat Square Shiraz and the Ploughman Classic Dry Red and they are linked by being full of flavour and tremendous bargains. more...

Three Reds with Presence
Monday, 27th October 2014 - David Farmer

Monday is the 13th day of our Spring Grenache Carnival. Today I want to talk about great wines; those with a presence, wines that let you know about it from the first sip. We are building our portfolio and I recommend three which have the extra quality that comes from good fruit and I must stress a great vintage. 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
2014-10-24 10:25:51 - David Sounds like the wine business? “Opening the appeal for S&P, barrister Steven Finch SC said the councils had contributed to their own losses by not properly investigating the AAA-rated financial products they bought, comparing the purchase of   more...
2014-10-18 09:16:14 - David “There has been a bit of chat on this subject in wine circles recently. The American critic Robert Parker wrote a very cross-sounding piece on current wine movements created by what he called “a group of absolutists” in the wine world. Among other   more...
2014-10-15 09:19:47 - David Comments to ‘In praise of the Sommelier’, Victoria Moore, Telegraph UK, 1st March, 2014: “A sommelier has never suggested a cheaper wine as a better match than the one I have chosen but oddly seem to recommend one that is 10 pounds dearer as   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
Learning How to Taste Wine
Attributed to: Waugh, Evelyn
Source: Brideshead Revisited
Contributed by: Anon

"We had bottles brought up from every bin and it was during those tranquil evenings with Sebastian that I first made a serious acquaintance with wine and sowed the seed of that rich harvest which was to be my stay in many barren years. We would sit, he and I, in the Painted Parlour with three bottles open on the table and three glasses before each of us; Sebastion had found a book on wine tasting, and we followed its instructions in detail. We warmed the glass slightly at a candle, filled a third of it, swirled the wine round, nursed it in our hands, held it to the light, breathed it, sipped it, filled our mouths with it and rolled it over the tongue, ringing it on the palate like a coin on a counter, tilted our heads back and let it trickle down the throat. Then we talked of it and nibbled Bath Oliver biscuits and passed on to another wine; then back to the first, then on to another, until all three were in circulation and the order of the glasses got confused and we fell out over which was which and we passed the glasses to and fro between us until there were six glasses some of them with mixed wines in them which we had filled from the wrong bottle, till we were obliged to start again with three clean glasses each, and the bottles were empty and our praise of them wilder and more exotic."

"….It is a little shy wine like a gazelle."

"Like a leprechaun."

"Dappled in a tapestry window."

"and this is a wise old wine."

"A prophet in a cave."

"and this is a necklace of pearls on a white neck."

"Like a swan."

"Like the last unicorn."


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





LATEST ARTICLES
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

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




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