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July 9, 2020

Grapevine: From niche to best sellers

One of the surprising things about wine consumption over the past few months is just how varied it has been.

The staples are out, and...

July 2, 2020

Grapevine: A diamond in the rough

How does a winery select the grape varieties to plant on their chosen piece of dirt?

For the most part it comes down to what...

June 25, 2020

Grapevine: A step away from household varietals

The next big thing in wine is... who knows. We’ve all tried to make the big call and almost no-one gets it right.

The problem...

June 11, 2020

Grapevine: Finding fame in Spain

Rioja is undoubtedly Spain’s most famous red wine producing region.

Home to Tempranillo at its peak expression and steeped in tradition, producing wines that compete...

May 21, 2020

Grapevine: Blended to perfection

A non/multi-vintage wine - the concept is not a new or unique one.

It is perfectly acceptable in sparkling wine where vintage blends are the...

May 14, 2020

Grapevine: How do you choose?

If you have never seen the producer on a bottle of wine, how do you know whether to buy it or not?

Often the grape...

May 7, 2020

Grapevine: Quality assessment

How do you assess quality from just looking at a bottle of wine?

Like any product, the brand of the producer will stand for something,...

April 16, 2020

Grapevine: Austrian wines on the top shelf

Austria has had a hard time establishing its wines on the international market for some time.

A scandal in the mid 1980s certainly didn’t help...

April 9, 2020

Grapevine: Ticking all the right boxes

Value is a relative concept. A $100 bottle of wine can certainly represent good value, but in our current context, value combined with modest...

March 19, 2020

Grapevine: Enjoy a Grenache

Spain, Italy and France all have claims on making world-class Grenache.

The grape forms the basis for some of the most iconic reds in these...

March 12, 2020

Grapevine: Shiraz vs Syrah – what’s the difference?

To start this story, we have to head overseas.

Where the perception of Australian wine is key to the identity of Shiraz, it is synonymous...

March 5, 2020

Grapevine: Rhone, the region to know

Place names can equally help and hinder the approachability of a wine sitting on the shelf.

Many people would have discovered Sancerre before they knew...

February 27, 2020

Grapevine: Discovering future tastes

When looking to the future of Australian wine, it’s worthwhile looking for parallels around the world where growing conditions are similar to those of...

February 20, 2020

Grapevine: Admiring the alternatives

Abruzzo rarely gets mentioned among the great Italian wine regions, but it is one of the oldest wine growing regions in the world and...

January 23, 2020

Grapevine: Cabernet in the Cabinet

As a young wine-producing country, it’s hard to find uniquely Australian contributions to the wine world. We don’t have any native varieties, or centuries...

January 9, 2020

Grapevine: Revel in the versatility of Riesling

Riesling is beloved the world over for its versatility, both in the vineyard/winery and at the dining table.

From bone dry to lusciously sweet dessert...

December 12, 2019

Grapevine: With Sancerre and Chablis, minerals leave their mark

How often do you buy a bottle of wine that doesn’t have the grape varieties on the label?

It’s a barrier that still holds many...

December 5, 2019

Grapevine: It’s a trap! Sounding an amber wine alert

It is said that only about 10 per cent of the population has a genuine interest in wine, which means for most people the...

November 28, 2019

Grapevine: Now for the Dao

Portugal is synonymous with fortified wine - both Port and Madeira are international benchmarks for their style.

With such strong brands, they can leave little...

November 21, 2019

Grapevine: A new choice bubbles up

We are fast approaching the time of year when sparkling wine sales skyrocket.  Only a few years ago, the decision was by and large confined...

November 14, 2019

Grapevine: Going under the radar with Semillon

The hunt for good value in the wine world is endless. The pre-eminent producers and regions are usually found out and see their prices...

October 3, 2019

Grapevine: All aboard the Prosecco train

The Prosecco train hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down this year, continuing its run of 50 per cent year-on-year growth, so you have...

September 26, 2019

Grapevine: tuning in to low-fi wine

It’s about this time of year where we start to see a flurry of wines being released from this calendar year’s harvest.

Historically, it would...

September 19, 2019

Grapevine: Once upon a time in the west

If the national wine show circuit was anything to go by, Margaret River wines and in particular Cabernets would take up a lot more...

July 31, 2019

GRAPEVINE: 2019 vintage report reveals challenging harvest

Wine Australia has just released their 2019 vintage report and whilst quality and prices achieved for growers continues to climb, we still saw a...

July 24, 2019

GRAPEVINE: GROWING THE next generation

Getting established as a young or new producer in a famous wine region is a tough gig. The best sites have by and large...

July 17, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Understanding Italian wine labels: Yes you Chianti

The great thing about travelling to wine regions which double as tourist hotspots is that the wines of the region often develop international recognition...

July 10, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Jump in at the deep end of vegan-friendly wines

Vegan-friendly wines may come as a surprise to some people, after all wine is just fermented grape juice, right? Sure, the odd spider or bee...