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Sensational Shiraz for $6.99
Monday, 29th September, 2014 - David Farmer

The Village Belle is the 12th wine we have released this month and with a bit of luck we might squeeze in a few more. I have repeated the Saturday sensation from the Limestone Coast, the Princeland Watch Shiraz and will gladly have it compared to any wine under $12.00. more...

Day 25 of Celebrations
Two Barossa Reds at $8.99

Saturday, 27th September, 2014 - David Farmer

Today we release a sensational South Australian Shiraz, bottled 18 months ago, which qualifies as the best Shiraz we have ever offered at $6.99 and one of the best under $10. It is from the Limestone Coast which is down in the south-east corner of South Australia which abuts Victoria. more...

Two New Rich Reds
Wednesday, 24th September, 2014 - David Farmer

Ten years have passed quickly yet Ben and I realise the journey has just begun. Today we release two reds, the 'Seventh of Ten' and 'Eighth of Ten', on day 22 of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations. Our portfolio of wines from the south-east corner of South Australia, known as the Limestone Coast, builds with The Fruit Colony, from Coonawarra. more...

Go To Section: Shopping News
Glug 10th Anniversary Celebrations:
Our Difference

Sunday, 14th September, 2014 - David Farmer

We began this adventure in 2004 so this month we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, 2004 to 2014. It has been an interesting journey but the best is in front of us. I turned my back on the old ways of retail as many wine producers had got too big and lost interest in what they sold. All they talked about was volumes and deals and I saw the end game for wine was in sight as the 'fast moving consumable goods or FMCG' crowd took over. 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: Glug News Feed
2014-09-26 08:04:46 - David “But the most notable development in the 1930s was the founding of A.A. As depicted in the play, A.A. resulted from the chance meeting of Bill Wilson, a New York stockbroker, and Dr Bob Smith, an Akron surgeon in 1935. Both drank heavily and were   more...
2014-09-21 08:30:11 - David “At the riverport he bought blanket and waterbag and flyveil and with a neatly-rolled swag boarded the coach for the last dreary leg of the journey, eating biscuits and tinned fish in the crowded coach and stopping at wayside shanties where the   more...
2014-09-14 12:13:42 - David “New data from Wines and Vines magazine confirm solid growth in the North American wine industry during 2013. The number of wineries grew to 8,391, a gain of 4.3%. U.S. wineries showed two other signs of health as their combined production increased   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...

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 Whole Universe is in a Glass of Wine
Attributed to: Feynman, Richard
Source: Six Easy Pieces (Penguin)
Contributed by: Anon

So you thought drinking a glass of wine was meant to be simple. Let's see what one of the great brains of the 20th century finds in a glass.

"A poet once said, "the whole universe is in a glass of wine." We will probably never know in what sense he meant that, for poets do not write to be understood. But it is true that if we look at a glass of wine closely we see the entire universe.

There are the things of physics: the twisting liquid which evaporates depending on the wind and weather, the reflections in the glass, and our imagination adds the atoms. The glass is a distillation of the earth's rocks, and in its composition we see secrets of the universe's age, and the evolution of stars. What strange array of chemicals are in the wine? How did they come to be?

There are the ferments, the enzymes, the substrates, and the products. There in wine is found the great generalization: all life is fermentation. Nobody can discover the chemistry of wine without discovering, as did Louis Pasteur, the cause of much disease. How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it!

If our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts - physics, biology, geology, astronomy, and so on - remember that nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for. Let it give us one more final pleasure: drink it and forget it all!"


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





LATEST ARTICLES
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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