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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...

June 26, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Clean-slate approach to Grenache is seeing variety resurgence

Warm-climate Pinot Noir is often how Grenache is described to those unfamiliar with the grape; wintery Pinot Noir is also a common analogy –...

June 19, 2019

GRAPEVINE – TAMING THE TANNINS: after a lost decade, Cabernet comes in from the cold

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world, and yet its popularity is waning as other varieties are...

June 12, 2019

GRAPEVINE: HUNT FOR BIG, BOLD SHIRAZ GETS HARDER AS TIDE GOES OUT

The pendulum has certainly swung in Shiraz from big, bold styles lavished with new oak and picked very late in the season to early-picking,...

June 5, 2019

GRAPEVINE: The great drying leads to new grape variety thoughts

It seemed like we might not see a winter with temperatures still hovering around 20 degrees into late May. Luckily the season is finally turning,...

May 29, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Moving along the Sherry spectrum to richer, fuller-bodied expressions

Last week we looked at the South of Spain, in particular the region around Jerez which is famous for, and the benchmark of, Sherry...

May 22, 2019

GRAPEVINE: BONE-DRY SHERRY STYLES A GOOD PLACE TO START

Many of the world’s great and unique wine regions continue to move out of reach for most wine drinkers. Their unique characters are not easily...

May 16, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Wine has long history in Geelong

The Geelong wine region has a history that dates back further than most people probably imagine. While most of us who live within the region...

May 8, 2019

GRAPEVINE: White wine world in state of flux

The world of white wine is in a state of flux. Over the last 20 or so years we have seen a couple of big...

May 1, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Why don’t more people drink Riesling?

A recent exchange among wine professionals lamented both the lack of Riesling on most wine store shelves, and the sea of Sauvignon Blanc. It is...

April 24, 2019

GRAPEVINE: GSM – A CLASSIC BLEND

We have written on a number of occasions about wine blends and the virtues of combining different grape varieties in a single wine to...

April 18, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Malbec and the Goldilocks effect

If you find Merlot a little too thin and weedy or Cabernet too big and structured, then Malbec might be the happy middle ground. From...

April 11, 2019

GRAPEVINE: New wines PROVIDE A TASTE OF THE 2018 VINTAGE

The quality and potential of a vintage can mean very different things to different people. For the growers, it is often about how easy or...

April 4, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Inspired by history

While technical factors have played their role, the background of Australian wine families has no doubt played its role too as previous and existing...

March 27, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Striking it lucky with Chardonnay

For those who are new to wine, or  just getting a little further into the subject by trying to decipher and discern what makes...

March 20, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Sicilian Grillo offers great value

Italian white grape varieties continue to grow in popularity as wine drinkers begin to explore the diversity on offer. There are plenty of factors that...

February 28, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Alcohol not anonymous in wine

We all know that wine is an alcoholic beverage, but what does alcohol contribute to a wine aside from the obvious intoxicating effects. Unless...

February 13, 2019

Good times with old vines

Old vine, Vielles Vignes, Viñas Viejas. These terms are displayed on bottles of wine as an indicator of the higher quality wine that is often...

January 31, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Low-alcohol wines pose Challenges

Low alcohol wines are a challenge. Difficult to make, difficult to find and often difficult to understand the appeal without trying the very best...

January 24, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Australian style in the world of wine

New World wine countries such as Australia, USA, New Zealand have a hard time in the world of fine wine when competing with the...

January 16, 2019

GRAPEVINE: Red hot Rioja evolves over time

How do you assess quality from just looking at a bottle of wine? Like any product, the brand of the producer will stand for...