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Price Smash on Three Reds
Two Days of Lowest Prices

Monday, 22nd September, 2014 - David Farmer

I think it's time for Glug customers to enjoy more of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations so I have slashed the price of three glorious reds to the lowest they have ever been; and I may add the lowest they will ever be. Since I love talking about wine I will tell you about the secret number that the worlds wine writers have trouble mentioning as it constantly makes nonsense of what they say. more...

The Glug Way ~ Small Bottlings to Preserve the Difference
Saturday, 20th September, 2014 - David Farmer

Saturday is the 18th Day of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations. I had known for decades that there was a better way to sell wine. A different way to that taken by our giant supermarkets with their divide and conquer approach of 'we want it all'. While this has benefits for many consumers, for those who see wine as something richer in their lives it is a suffocating dead end. more...

Three Sensational Red Bargains
Friday, 19th September, 2014 - David Farmer

As we reach Day 17 of the Glug 10th Anniversary Celebrations we pause to reflect. The steady sale of Grenache, Mataro and various GSM blends delights Ben and I. Did you know that in the 30 years of retailing before Glug opened in late 2004 I had never sold a case of varietal Mataro? 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
2014-09-21 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...
2014-09-10 16:30:18 - David Do consumers want variety? “Australia may have made little headway in diversifying its vineyards to date, but there is much discussion of alternative or emerging varieties in the media and at conferences. Consumers will hope this leads to greater   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
Tasting and Judging Wines is Not So Simple After all
Attributed to: Anon
Source: The Australian, December, 31st, 2004
Contributed by: Anon

Can the ordinary person taste or appreciate the difference between Australian sparkling wine and French Champagne? A blind tasting showed good champagne is wasted on the wine buffs working at The Australian's Adelaide bureau. The four participants were mortified to discover they unanimously picked Omni N V, at $10 a bottle, as expensive French champagne, or their favourite.

By contrast Bollinger Special Cuvee ($85) was variously rubbished as "flat, sour..like schoolies' week, "Passion Pop" and "bland". Australia's premium, award winning sparkling wine Arras Chardonnay Pinot ($49) was derided as "tastes like mouthwash" by one, "rude smelling, cheap and nasty" by another with one hack favourably toasting it as "pungent and strong tasting but quite liked it".


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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