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May 22, 2021

Grapevine: A versatile variety

Chardonnay is the fifth-most planted grape variety in the world, but it is planted in the most wine-growing countries of the world.

In Australia it...

April 8, 2021

Grapevine: So much variety

Primitivo, Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch have all been covered here in previous weeks and they are just a drop in the ocean of grape varieties we...

April 1, 2021

Grapevine: Finding opportunity

They say never waste a good crisis.

Austrian wine may well have changed anyway, but it was forced to by one of the notable wine...

February 25, 2021

Grapevine: Alternative varieties

Any number of trends have been accelerated over the past 12 months. It has almost been as common a refrain as those who were...

February 24, 2021

Grapevine: Bourgogne is booming

With the insatiable demand for Pinot Noir from Burgundy continuing to grow, and with it the stratospheric pricing, we are now seeing the ‘humble’...

February 11, 2021

Grapevine: Pecorino perfection

Pecorino. No not the cheese, although the reference to sheep is apt (Pecora means sheep), we are talking about the grape variety which finds...

December 3, 2020

Grapevine: Talking Torbreck

For a brand as strong as Torbreck to only be 20-odd years old is a testament to the core of its vision and philosophy...

November 12, 2020

Grapevine: A point of difference

The tide of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc continues to drift out and as the producers who came in to take advantage of the easy money...

October 29, 2020

Grapevine: Lambrusco

Every 'brand' hopes to be so evocative that an image is in your mind the moment you see or hear it. That is of course,...

September 17, 2020

Grapevine: Valpolicella

Italy has proven to be a happy hunting ground when it comes to finding wines that offer plenty of variety and prices that mean...

September 10, 2020

Grapevine: Sancerre

We often feature the wines and regions that sit on the Kimmeridgian chain from Champagne in the North, down through Chablis and along the...

September 3, 2020

Grapevine: Falling victim to fashion

It was refreshing for an older set of eyes to see an answer a well-known wine critic/commentator provided to a leading wine magazine some...

August 27, 2020

Grapevine: Shiraz vs Syrah

What’s the difference?

At the physiological level, Shiraz and Syrah are no different. They are the exact same grape, simply given a different name. Think...

August 20, 2020

Grapevine: We’re going down to La La Land

New wine brands can take seemingly forever to develop, often over decades, from a budding idea to a snowball of momentum that makes you...

August 13, 2020

Grapevine: Modesty is a virtue

Some grape varieties just aren’t meant to be grand, noble wines capable of aging for decades in the cellar.

Early in our development as a...

August 6, 2020

Grapevine: Amber trends

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

July 30, 2020

Grapevine: Sweet, sweet wine

The most famous dessert wines all have their unique ways of developing their flavours, sweetness and concentration.

Concentrating the sugars and flavours in the grape...

July 23, 2020

Grapevine: Flying under the radar

For a region with such a high density of great quality producers, Beechworth still seems to fly under the radar for many wine drinkers.


July 16, 2020

Grapevine: Greek wine

After your mind has jumped to the memories of Retsina, reset your bearings and start afresh with an open mind.

It’s as diverse and quality-focused...

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...