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Go To Section: On Tasting
Thoughts on Wine and Alcohol
Monday, 28th August, 2017 - David Farmer

A few decades ago, seemingly rising from no-where, the daily wine news became concerned with the higher alcohol content of some wines. Over time this worry filtered across to regular wine drinkers. These comments brought together two thoughts; issues to do with alcohol and health and the views of experts claiming higher alcohol wines were often hot, clumsy, and with unbalanced tastes. 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
2017-10-11 10:16:49 - David Protecting themselves not consumers. ‘Wine makers argue that better safeguards are needed to ensure that website names say, Champagne…are used by sellers of genuine products. Doing otherwise, they say, would undermine the so-called system of   more...
2017-10-07 14:42:49 - David Smiling wines or sombre wines: ‘No matter how wonderful or zany the clothes in the London Fashion Week or the Paris exhibition, while the models are asked to look so sombre and not smile, nothing looks attractive to me. Perhaps it was an   more...
2017-10-05 15:12:53 - David What a load of old cobblers. ‘Building Lifestyle Brands and People with Passion’. The Campari Australia mission statement of mid 2014.    
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
Piles of Green Hogwash
Attributed to: MacQuitty, Jane
Source: London Times, 3rd September 2005
Contributed by: Anon

"Is there anything as outrageous as Gallo, Blossom Hill, or Jacob's Creek, the ubiquitous, cloying branded drinks masquerading as "wines" that I love to hate? Well, yes: a keen competitor is the organic wine movement, and with National Organic Week upon us, we will all be subjected to piles of green hogwash between now and the end of it."


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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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