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Sensational Best Ever Mixed Dozen averages $6.99 a Bottle
Wednesday, 17th December 2014 - David Farmer

Two Bits of News Today... Ben is right to tell me that he wants to see Glug wines on our customer's tables. So I have looked at our stocks and assembled a sensational mixed dozen containing two bottles of six full bodied Shiraz and Cabernets from five regions. Priced at an average of $6.99 I know this dozen will give immense drinking satisfaction. It also gives you a handy $22 saving on buying these same wines individually. more...

Six Rare and Great Barossa Reds
Monday, 15th December 2014 - David Farmer

I spent two days looking at the vineyards of Beechworth last week. There are several fine producers, like Giaconda, which add weight to the view that the elevated vineyards regions (approx 400-700 metres) on the inland side of the Eastern Divide, are making very serious wines. Ben and I have been pondering this for several years as these wines have a different structure and taste to those we currently supply. more...

McLaren Vale Semillon Sauvignon for $4.99
Saturday, 13th December 2014 - David Farmer

Over the last few months we have added 10 whites to our range. These are priced from $4.99 to $7.99 and provide excellent budget drinking. This weekend I highlight a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc from McLaren Vale which at $4.99 provides 10/10 value for money. more...

Go To Section: Shopping News
The Making of the Perfect Press Grenache
Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014 - David Farmer

Innovation- we are told a business must innovate or the world will pass by. In my line of work which is selling the product of the fermented grape I wonder what this means as what is left to innovate? Wine has been around for so long that every possible combination has been tried again and again. You can drink the product when it is youthful or you may try it aged. You can serve it sweet to dry. 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
2014-12-01 17:26:53 - David “The head of what is commonly termed France’s anti-alcohol lobby, the ANPAA, has told an audience of Champagne growers their wines are a potential health hazard. Dr Alain Rigaud, who heads the Association Nationale de Prévention en Alcoologie et   more...
2014-11-18 18:04:33 - David “Ms Rosales’s career is thus a searing social commentary on a business which purports to celebrate humanity's highest culture but in which names are more important than aesthetics and experts cannot tell the difference between an original and a   more...
2014-11-11 09:55:28 - David Jane MacQuitty, wine critic of The Times: “Bordeaux is big business and even in a truly trying vintage like 2013 there are millions of euros to be made….With so much money at stake not every chateau visit, tasting note or primeur sample, can be   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
The One Fruit for All Courses
Attributed to: Sainstbury, George
Source: Notes on a Cellar Book, George Sainstbury. First published in July, 1920
Contributed by: Anon

What no cheese.

"Something may be expected on the question-What, if anything, should be taken and eaten with after-dinner wine? I am afraid that the 'whets' of our ancestors were rather stimulants to drinking than meliorants of appreciation. Their chief modern representatives-olives and devilled biscuits-are not bad, but I have never, despite a due devotion to Pallas, been such an enthusiast for the olive as some of my friends. And the devilled biscuits, a capital thing in itself, is rather violent for a fine wine. Plain Passover bread, or those “Thin Captains', which somewhat resemble it, seem to me best of all. Nuts pass, of course, but most 'soft' fruit is questionable. Grapes go not ill, but I have sometimes felt a moral qualm, in marrying a grape too early to what is in a way its grandmother. Some accept peaches and nectarines; I rather doubt, though I am fond of the later. Strawberries have many votes, and some good stories, in their favour. But the one fruit which seems to me to go best with all wine, from hock to sherry from claret to port, is the medlar-an admirable and distinguished thing in and by itself, and a worthy mate for the best of liquors."


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





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Sunday, 19th October, 2014

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The Story of Penfolds Wine Storage Cabinets and Old Fashioned Discounting

Friday, 5th September 2014

Which is Better - Young Wine or Aged?

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Coles Liquor Shows Signs of Life

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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

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

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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

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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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