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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...

Something Very Odd with Fabulous Bordeaux from 2009
Monday, 3rd March, 2014 - David Farmer

In late January I read a review of the world's greatest cabernets from 2009 which was held in Melbourne on the 25th November, 2013.
The tasting was initiated by Wolf Blass Wines and is known as the Master Blend Classification and the idea is to benchmark Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet against the finest cabernets in the world. more...

Supermarkets, Waffle, Plain Speaking, Grange 2008
Wednesday, 10th July, 2013 - David Farmer

I cannot think of a more dangerous time to be a supplier of goods or a more dangerous and exciting time to be a retailer. The post war business upheaval has seen a shift from supplier power to retailer power. Add in the general mayhem created by the digital revolution which shifted power to consumers and what was once the chain of business has been turned on its head. more...

Bordeaux En Primeur and 6000 Tasters
Thursday, 2nd May, 2013 - David Farmer

Glug Australia Day Wine Award

Once a year in Bordeaux, around about April, they hold the grand final of wine. It was reported in Bloomberg (Elin Mc Coy, 22nd April) that 6000 wine buyers, opinion makers and those learning the ropes gathered to taste what the wine makers made from the difficult 2012 vintage. This depresses me no end as I doubt Australia has been visited by 6000 wine buyers and opinion makers in the last 10 years. more...

Mataro Girls Make a Debut
Friday, 1st March, 2013 - David Farmer

Mataro Girl?

During the month of March we are promoting the ancient Australian variety of Mataro, and the aim is to entice you to try a bottle or two. Mataro has been a wallflower for 180 years and Glug thinks it needs adventurous drinkers to get behind it and push it towards the mainstream. more...

Reflections on the Art of Wine Copywriting - Part 1
Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013 - David Farmer

The liquor business Farmer Bros opened in June, 1975 in Canberra. The liquor specials were announced in a weekly advertisment in the Canberra Times and this required depicting the products, writing a headline, numerous sub-headings, and was largely price driven. Only small amounts of copy were used as newspaper advertising space is expensive. The layout appearance and the specials are far more important than copy. Brother Richard was very good at this art form. I continued with this type of advertising, on and off till 2012. more...

The Origin of Penfolds Koonunga Hill
Thursday, 17th January, 2013 - David Farmer

In The Australian, 30th November, 'Penfolds Strive', James Halliday makes the following comment; "When demand for the Bin wines outstripped supply in 1976, there were two solutions: increase the production but let quality standards slip, or introduce a new, lower-priced wine of lesser quality but great value. Thus Koonunga Hill was born." Halliday is such a towering figure in the Australian wine industry that I thought this comment should be corrected before it becomes an established fact. more...

The Amazing 'Golden Scrumpy' Cider of David Franz
Tuesday, 27th November, 2012 - David Farmer

David Franz

Being a Tasmanian I know a lot more about apples than the average person. Indeed a family ritual was to pick apples once a year at the 'Waltons' property in Huonville. It was also natural to ask for a glass of cider in a pub in Tassie. Recently I wrote about my attempts to understand English cider in London and the West Country; Coming to Grips with English Cider. more...

New Glug Release P.B. Burgoyne Moscato
Tuesday, 27th November, 2012 - David Farmer

A client approached us in 2010 about providing a 'special' Moscato because as you are perhaps aware sales are currently very strong. Ben and I contemplated that request and worked out what we wanted. more...

A Millergram - Diana Genders recalls the 2008 Vintage
Thursday, 4th October 2012 - Brian Miller

Genders Wines

Brian forwarded this exchange with Diana in February this year and we think it deserves a wider readership... Diana Genders' of McLaren Vale's Genders Wines tells it straight from the heart and turns the difficult 2008 vintage into a great yarn. more...

A Millergram - Put a Cork in It
Wednesday, 12th September, 2012 - Brian Miller

"... Plant a cork oak forest for your grandchildren", the wise country folk say. They know that their future and the future of their descendants are dependent not only on the harvesting of cork, but also on maintaining the amazingly rich environmental biodiversity of the cork forests and even the balance of the climate itself. Besides its capacity to produce oxygen, the cork oak has a unique cell structure that enables it to retain carbon dioxide, the principle cause of global warming ..."

Goodbye Wytt Morro 1922 - 2012
Wednesday, 5th September, 2012 - David Farmer

Wytt Morro

The Australian wine business has been built from the ideas of a great number of thinkers and business people. One aspect of interest to Glug is viewing these changes via the wine label. Our growing collection of labels provides us with snapshots of how the table wine business evolved since its birth in the 1940s-1950s. . more...

A Millergram - "New Discovery - The Eighth Teaching of Harry Brown"
Monday, 20th August, 2012 - Brian Miller

Over the last year we have featured several of the wry comments from the wine personality Brian Miller. These selections were from emails distributed to a tight circle of friends. They are referred to as Millergrams. Brian recently sent us the following about Browns Bin 60, the creation of Harry Brown. more...

An Appropriate Juxtaposition On The Perils Of Wine Investment
Tuesday, 29th May, 2012 - Richard Farmer

My daily Google update on news from the world of wine recently contained this wonderful juxtaposition: more...

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GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2014
Four Barossa Winemakers Talking About Mataro

Thursday, 27th March, 2014

Something Very Odd with Fabulous Bordeaux from 2009

Monday, 3rd March, 2014

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2013
Supermarkets, Waffle, Plain Speaking, Grange 2008

Wednesday, 10th July, 2013

Bordeaux En Primeur and 6000 Tasters

Thursday, 2nd May, 2013

Mataro Girls Make a Debut

Friday, 1st March, 2013

Reflections on the Art of Wine Copywriting - Part 1

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

The Origin of Penfolds Koonunga Hill

Thursday, 17th January, 2013

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2012
The Amazing 'Golden Scrumpy' Cider of David Franz

Tuesday, 27th November, 2012

New Glug Release P.B. Burgoyne Moscato

Tuesday, 27th November, 2012

A Millergram - Diana Genders recalls the 2008 Vintage

Thursday, 4th October 2012

A Millergram - Put a Cork in It

Wednesday, 12th September, 2012

Goodbye Wytt Morro 1922 - 2012

Wednesday, 5th September, 2012

A Millergram - "New Discovery - The Eighth Teaching of Harry Brown"

Monday, 20th August, 2012

An Appropriate Juxtaposition On The Perils Of Wine Investment

Tuesday, 29th May, 2012

The New Grange Release – A Fully Priced Wine

Sunday, 6th May, 2012

Wine and Martin Gardner - A Sceptical Science

Tuesday, 17th April, 2012

Restrictions, Competition, Deregulation and Consumers

Sunday, 26th February, 2012

Expanding The Wine Market

Sunday, 19th February, 2012

Rosemount Turning To Ammonium

Monday, 6th February, 2012

All Good Cons Come To An End

Monday, 6th February, 2012

Terroir Expands to Carrots and Oysters

Thursday, 2nd February, 2012

The Rise of Alcoholic Apple Juice

Monday, 23rd January, 2012

Goodbye Fosters as Beer Giant Takes Over

Sunday, 15th January, 2012

What Someone Else Can Drink Tonight

Tuesday, 10th January, 2012

Cease and Desist - Coles to Woolworths

Monday, 2nd January, 2011

Observations from a Few Weeks in the Golden West

Monday, 2nd January, 2011

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2011
How Do You Make the First One?

Sunday, 18th December, 2011

Screw Caps versus Corks - Well Fancy That!

Sunday, 18th December, 2011

A Big Wine For China

Sunday, 18th December, 2011

A Pinot Noir Breakthrough

Sunday, 11th December, 2011

Comparative Advertising Can Be Brutal

Sunday, 27th November, 2011

They Wouldn't Do It Would They?

Sunday, 27th November, 2011

Replanting a Barossa Vineyard Poses Questions About the Future

Sunday, 16th October, 2011

A Day to Remember - 3rd October, 2011

Sunday, 16th October, 2011

A Beer Giant Buys Fosters

Wednesday, 5th October, 2011

An Industry Living In Hope

Thursday, 22nd September, 2011

Just Another Drink

Sunday, 11th September, 2011

A No Brainer or No Brains?

Wednesday, 17th August, 2011

El Bulli, Fragrances and Wine Innovation

Sunday, 31st July, 2011

And You Laugh at Wine Wankers!

Sunday, 31st July, 2011

Australia Looks on in Envy

Sunday, 24th July, 2011

Helping Thine Neighbour - Or Time to Move On

Thursday, 23rd June, 2011

New Terroir in France - Plant a Good Slope

Wednesday, 15th June, 2011

Blending and Blendered Wines

Wednesday, 25th May, 2011

Becoming a Wine Merchant

Sunday, 1st May, 2011

Fake Jacobs Creek - A Test Run for the Real Thing

Wednesday, 20th April, 2011

Good Food for the Family - Woolworths vs Coles

Saturday, 26th March, 2011

Oddbins U.K. - The Crowd Moves On

Monday, 14th March, 2011

Progress Revealing the Relationships of Wine Grape Varieties

Monday, 7th March, 2011

A Smarter Way for Restaurants to Sell Wine

Saturday, 29th January, 2011

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2010
Sommeliers an Endangered Species

Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

The Mystery of Bio-Dynamics

Sunday, 3rd October, 2010

The Complexity of Wine Gives It a Marketing Advantage

Friday, 10th September, 2010

Reflections on Wine UK Retailing and Australia’s Role

Friday, 3rd September, 2010

Population Growth Places Pressure on Wine Regions

Tuesday, 31st August, 2010

What Else besides Warming is Making Grapes Ripen Earlier?

Thursday, 5th August, 2010

Brother Richard Reports Aldi Bargain

Wednesday, 28th July, 2010

Early Ripening and Climate Change

Friday, 9th July, 2010

Red Heads Confusion at Winepeople.com.au

Tuesday, 6th July, 2010

Decanter Gives the Barossa a Kick

Monday, 21st June 2010

Seppelstfield Changes Hands - Again

Friday, 11th June, 2010

Abusing the Good Name of Woolworths

Monday, 7th June, 2010

Bordeaux - Bubble Trouble or Flying Higher

Friday, 14th May 2010

Get Out of Business says a Former President of the Winemakers Federation

Wednesday, 12th May 2010

Corrections and Opinions on a Financial Times Wine Article

Friday, 7th May 2010

Checking Out the Back Label Copy

Friday, 30th April 2010

Cocktails at the Connaught, London

Tuesday, 27th April 2010

Unusual Labelling and Outright Fraud - An Update on the Wine Trade

Monday, 19th April 2010

Catching Up with AFWE

Tuesday, 13th April 2010

What a Load of Crap - Just Drink the Stuff

Tuesday, 6th April 2010

The Brian Miller View - Y Should They

Wednesday, 24th March 2010

Australia Trade Day

Monday, 8th March 2010

The English Press is Very Quiet About the 2010 Michelin

Thursday, 29th January, 2010

Vinderella and The Benevolent

Thursday, 29th January, 2010

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2009
Martinborough Just Loves Te Muna

Thursday, 3rd December, 2009

More Wine Snobs and Know-Alls Detected

Wednesday, 25th November, 2009

The Two Buck Chardonnay

Wednesday, 4th November, 2009

Favourite Restaurants

Tuesday, 27th October, 2009

Is it Brett or Terroir - The Brian Miller View?

Tuesday, 27th October, 2009

Governments Picking Winners

Tuesday, 13th October, 2009

More About the 2009 Champagne Harvest

Monday, 21st September, 2009

Champagne - At All Costs Protect the Image

Saturday, 12th September, 2009

Leave it Alone Will Ya

Thursday, 3rd September, 2009

A Lunch with John Duval - Ex Grange Custodian

Saturday, 1st August, 2009

Power People in the World of Wine

Sunday, 28th June, 2009

Oh Dear! Customers Slip the Boot In

Wednesday, 24th June, 2009

A New Critter Label - Hello Kitty

Wednesday, 17th June, 2009

Making, Selling, Grange and Other Wine Business

Sunday, 7th June, 2009

Advanced Mumbo-jumbo Aplenty in the World of Wine

Friday, 22nd May, 2009

An Interview with Mark Lloyd

Wednesday, 6th May, 2009

2009 Vintage May Be A Cracker

Saturday, 11th April, 2009

Hermann Thumm of Chateaux Yaldara

Wednesday, 11th March, 2009

Winestate Wines of the Year - Surprises and Gimbletts Do Well

Wednesday, 11th March, 2009

The Gimbletts Shine a Light on a Difficult Problem

Friday, 13th February, 2009

A South Coast Surprise

Tuesday, 10th February, 2009

Cork and Other Closures

Monday, 26th January, 2009

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2008
Further News on the 'Drop of the Gods'

Sunday, 9th November, 2008

The Missing Trophy at the Barossa Wine Show

Monday, 13th October, 2008

Robert M Parker Meets His Match

Monday, 13th October, 2008

On One Hand Terroir Gets Bigger - On the Other it's Taken Away

Saturday, 6th September, 2008

A New Meaning to Making the Numbers

Friday, 29th August, 2008

Oh to be a Tree Shrew

Sunday, 17th August, 2008

Who Wants a Winery?

Wednesday, 13th August, 2008

France the Birthplace of Sophisticated Wine Falls to Rosé

Wednesday, 30th July, 2008

Evil Aluminium Takes Over

Wednesday, 30th July, 2008

Where is the Harry Potter of Wine?

Wednesday, 30th July, 2008

Thoughts About Buying, Selling and Drinking Wines From Reading "Micro Economics and Behaviour" by Robert H. Frank

Sunday, 20th July, 2008

A Brilliant 30 Years - New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Sunday, 6th July, 2008

Where You See The Word Art Substitute Wine

Tuesday, 1st July, 2008

Simplistic Wines from Bordeaux

Tuesday, 1st July, 2008

Brands of Emptiness

Sunday, 22nd June, 2008

Specific Site or Blending?

Sunday, 22nd June, 2008

Thoughts from Reading the 2008 Gault-Millau

Friday, 2nd May, 2008

On Cats Piss and Fruit Bombs

Friday, 2nd May, 2008

Troubling Advice from London Sommeliers

Saturday, 26th April, 2008

Front Labels Help Sell Wine

Saturday, 26th April, 2008

Whatever Happened to the d' in d'Yquem?

Friday, 11th April, 2008

Alarming Ageing of Great White Burgundies

Friday, 4th April, 2008

Thoughts from a London Gastro-Pub Crawl

Friday, 28th March, 2008

Sparkling Wines that "Blew Us Judges Away"

Monday, 11th February, 2008

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2007
Alternative Closures to Cork

Monday, 17th December, 2007

Alcopops and Smirnoff

Tuesday, 11th December, 2007

A Message for Pinot Noir Drinkers

Sunday, 9th December, 2007

Bo a Perfect 10 Out of 10

Thursday, 6th December, 2007

Troubles at National Leisure and Gaming

Thursday, 22nd November, 2007

What About a Little Genetic Tweaking to Improve Flavour

Saturday, 3rd November, 2007

Martha Stewart Wines

Saturday, 27th October, 2007

An Update on the Unfathomable Idea - Terroir

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2007

Free Up Liquor Licenses in Sydney

Friday, 21st September, 2007

Unusual Admirers of Mateus

Monday, 6th August, 2007

Rosé - the Giant Wine Fraud Expands

Tuesday, 17th July, 2007

Retailing in Port Augusta

Sunday, 10th June, 2007

How Many of These Have You Tried?

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2007

New Packaging for Wine - It Will Happen

Monday, 14th May, 2007

Retailing Becomes "The Artist Of His Own Life"

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2007

All Crushed Apart from Brandies and Bundy

Sunday, 22nd April, 2007

Now We Have Fortified Terroir

Sunday, 22nd April, 2007

Marketing, Old Whale Bones and Wine

Thursday, 5th April, 2007

A Case of Begging the Question

Tuesday, 27th March, 2007

The Origin of White Wine Varieties

Thursday, 15th March, 2007

France Rules in the U.K. Wine Press - O.K.

Monday, 12th March, 2007

When You Get To Close to the Job

Tuesday, 6th March, 2007

The Wine Glut Creates Problems But Do We Have Another Problem

Thursday, 1st March, 2007

Climate Change is Underway

Thursday, 22nd February, 2006

The Wine Wankers Club Adds Another Member

Thursday, 22nd February, 2006

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2006
Tasting with Robert M. Parker, Jr

Wednesday, 15th November, 2006

The Making of Rolf Binder Heinrich

Monday, 14th August, 2006

Can't Tell Your Brett from Oak Flavours

Tuesday, 18th July, 2006

Starting Your Own Business

Tuesday, 27th June, 2006

I Find a Canberra Connection Running Georges in Adelaide

Wednesday, 26th April, 2006

Robert M. Parker Jr. Wins Our Australian Wine Award

Thursday, 26th January, 2006

A Note About the Winner

Thursday, 26th January, 2006

Australian Wine Patron of the Year Award

Monday, 16th January, 2006

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2005
The Crystal Wine Enhancer

Wednesday, 21st December, 2005

Major UK Trend to Wine

Tuesday, 20th December, 2005

From Vintage to Vinegar

Monday, 12th December, 2005

Waiting for Parker

Sunday, 11th December, 2005

A Problem with Penfolds RWT

Monday, 5th December, 2005

Financial Troubles but the Wine's a Winner

Friday, 2nd December, 2005

Personally, I prefer the '27

Friday, 2nd December, 2005

Sharp Differences of Opinion Over Mount Mary

Monday, 14th November, 2005

Dasher the Dog Shows How

Monday, 14th November, 2005

...midnight's all a glimmer

Monday, 14th November, 2005

The Parker Influence

Friday, 11th November, 2005

The Good King Tut Was In To the Red

Thursday, 27th October, 2005

A Look at Langtons Classification from 1991 to 2005

Monday, 17th October, 2005

Langtons Classification - We Learn How It's Done

Wednesday, 12th October, 2005

Bowen, Balthazar and the Barossa Show

Friday, 23th September, 2005

About Oak Barrels and A.P.Johns

Tuesday, 13th September, 2005

An Own Brand Victory

Friday, 9th September, 2005

An International Gong for the Experienced Four Year Old

Friday, 9th September, 2005

A Winemaker's Thoughts on Stelvin Closures

Monday, 5th September, 2005

The New Taste of Wine

Friday, 2nd September, 2005

Parker and the Swiss Chasselas

Tuesday, 9th August, 2005

Drinking From Special Wine Glasses

Thursday, 4th August, 2005

En Primeur Update: A Jonathan is Appalled

Thursday, 14th July, 2005

A Lunch with Philip White

Monday, 27th June, 2005

A Little Madness or a Sign of the Times?

Wednesday, 22nd June, 2005

Does the Truth Lie in Numbers?

Sunday, 8th May, 2005

We Catch Up With Winemaker Colin Forbes

Sunday, 8th May, 2005

A Little Bit of Madness for Whisky Afficionados

Friday, 1st April 2005

The Black Hill and the Sydney Opera House

Monday, 28th February 2005

Glug Talks to a Major Importer of High End Australian Boutiques

Saturday, 5th February, 2005

Is Cabernet Like Cola or More Like Milk?

Tuesday, 18th January, 2005

GENERAL COMMENTS ARCHIVE 2004
Expensive European Wines - Are They Worth It?

Tuesday, 7th December, 2004

Do We Need Rosé?

Wednesday, 17th November, 2004

Yering Station In Distinguished Company

Friday, 29th October, 2004

Will there be Closure on Battle for the Bottle?

Saturday, 23th October, 2004

Red Herrings in Cowra Show

Tuesday, 19th October, 2004

Tyrell Gives Cork The Flick

Tuesday, 19th October, 2004

Koonunga Screw Cap Ups The Ante In Cork Taint War

Tuesday, 9th September, 2004

Watch for the Sparkling Jimmy Watson Winner

Friday, 27th August, 2004

On Lust, Envy & Greed

Friday, 27th August, 2004

Notes on Australian Winemakers and the Australian Character

Friday, 20th August, 2004

What the English are Drinking

Friday, 20th August, 2004

Rieslings, Ready for Their Laurels

Friday, 20th August, 2004

Aussies on Top

Thursday, 19th August, 2004

High Fruit, High Alcohol; A Lesson From History

Wednesday, 23rd June, 2004



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