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Go To Section: On Tasting
La Tâche 1962 and Grand Old Fake Bottles
Tuesday, 19th December, 2017 - David Farmer

Is it reasonable to pay $100,000 for a large bottle of wine? In turn this asks the question; knowing there is a limit to the pleasure you can derive from drinking a wine, does it mean the price paid became the reason for buying the wine? more...

Go To Section: Shopping News
Not Water Into Wine But Gold
Monday, 15th August, 2017 - David Farmer

How many retailers looked at the café and restaurant scene in Europe in the 1960s - 1970s and wondered if the bottled water business had a future in Australia? In the mid 1970s the local water Hepburn Spa trickled out of the Farmer Bros. stores and I recall a need to stock exotic waters like Perrier and a few from Italy. more...

Go To Section: Regional Studies & Terrior
Final Thoughts: A 40 year Adventure in Geology, Soils, Landscapes and Wine.
Part 6A - A Better Way to Understand Wine and Enjoy Drinking

Sunday, 13th December, 2015 - David Farmer

In this section I develop themes which were mentioned in Parts 1 to 5: Part A discusses how climate and weather create wine flavours while briefly looking at the vast topic of the role of viticulture and wine making. I then illustrate this approach by applying these thoughts to a sample of wine regions. more...

The Landscape and Vineyards of the Murray Basin
Wednesday, 29th July, 2015 - David Farmer

Few wine commentators wish to understand the significance of the Murray Basin taking the view that the basin is no more than a maker of industrial wines. The average wine buyer cannot afford the wines they like to write about and to make price sensitive wines you need regions like the Murray Basin. After all over 60% of the country's wine comes from the Murray Basin while supplying the 30% packaged as casks. more...

The Story of Canberra Viticulture and Wine
Tuesday, 21st June, 2016 - David Farmer

The Federation debate continued the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne with the location of the new capital being of great importance. After reviewing many sites the Australia Capital Territory was selected in 1908 at a mid way point between the two cities and declared on 1st January, 1911. Canberra was named as the location in 1913 and Canberra Day is remembered on the 12th March. more...

Go To Section: Annals of Marketing
Rosemount Reaches the End of the Road
Monday, 15th June, 2015 - David Farmer

As believers search the desert for Lasseter's lost gold reef so it is that marketers at Treasury Wines study crystallography for the perfect diamond shape to revive the fortunes of the Rosemount brand. A recent marketing meeting ended with the cry 'we have found it', the diamond which will have customers grabbing bottles from the shelves of supermarkets. more...

Go To Section: Glug News Feed
2018-03-12 19:53:23 - David Bordeaux bargain. ‘Hammond is clear that La Fleur-Pétrus has upped its game exponentially in recent years: “From 2000 until 2007 its average Robert Parker score was 90.5. Since 2008 it has averaged 95.2 points and been awarded 97 points in 2009   more...
2018-03-12 19:52:52 - David Buying well with knowledge. ‘Hammond points out that the average case price of Petrus from 2008 to 2012 is £20,000 ($34,200) and their average Parker Points 97.8. La Fleur-Pétrus on the other hand has an average case price of £1400 ($2400) and   more...
2018-02-19 15:50:41 - David What a load of crap. ‘An avid wine collector, King is bullish about the price tag and the idea of deliberately creating an ‘envelope pushing’ the majority of consumers won’t be able to afford. It was made for connoisseurs by connoisseurs.   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: 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: 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: The Australian Wine Industry
Censored by Wine Australia Part 4: Greetings at a Barossa Lunch
Saturday, 7th August, 2017 - David Farmer

We have not heard from Wine Australia since 21st October, 2016 when this letter demanded further wine geographical terms be censored (see here). If you are new to this story it began on 17th August, 2016 with an email from Wine Australia. more...

Problems with Wine Australia Article on Coonawarra
Saturday, 31st December, 2016 - David Farmer

When seeking information about Australian wine you might decide that Wine Australia was a good starting place; after all it says, 'The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), trading as Wine Australia, is the single Australian Government statutory service body for the Australian grape and wine community.' more...



WINE QUOTES
When Nothing but the Best Will Do
Attributed to: Saintsbury, George
Source: Notes on a Cellar Book, George Saintsbury, Reissued 1978, Macmillan. The first edition was in July, 1920 and it had many later reprintings.
Contributed by: Anon

"One of my father’s sisters was a very old lady, who lived by herself in a remote part of the country on no large income, and (as the phrase goes) in a very quiet way. Having some trouble with her eyes, she came up to town to consult an oculist, and naturally stayed with me. The oculist, finding nothing organically wrong, but only a certain weakness of age and constitution, recommended her to drink Burgundy. I gave her on successive days some of the Richebourg, telling her frankly that it was a very expensive wine, and some of a sound Pommard, which could be had for between half and a third of the price, that she might choose and order some from the merchant, who, as it happened, supplied both. I had imagined that the first figure would either frighten or shock her; but she said with perfect simplicity, 'I think, my dear boy, the best always is the best' and ordered a small supply of the Richebourg forthwith."


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LATEST ARTICLES
Thoughts on Wine and Alcohol

Monday, 28th August, 2017

Not Water Into Wine But Gold

Monday, 15th August, 2017

Censored by Wine Australia Part 4: Greetings at a Barossa Lunch

Saturday, 7th August, 2017

Wine Searcher - Seeing What You Gain But Not What You Lose.

Monday, 10th July, 2017

Censored by Wine Australia Part 3: Wine Australia Takes Away the Right of Free Speech Plus Threatens Jail

Saturday, 26th November, 2016

Censored by Wine Australia Part 2: Wine Australia Wants to Censor Glug

Thursday, 20th October, 2016

Censored by Wine Australia Part 1: Surprise Email from Wine Australia Creates Concerns

Thursday, 29th September, 2016

The Story of Canberra Viticulture and Wine

Tuesday, 21st June, 2016

Glug Wine Tasting
Barossa Valley
16th and 17th October

Wednesday, 30th September, 2015

The Landscape and Vineyards of the Murray Basin

Wednesday, 29th July, 2015

The Landscape and Vineyards of the Murray Basin - Appendix 1

Wednesday, 29th July, 2015

Rosemount Reaches the End of the Road

Monday, 15th June, 2015




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