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Natural whine week

by blog on August 19, 2014

Tis been a loony tunes few weeks in the world of vin nature, featuring a slew of lycanthropic articles that one surely associates with the presence of the full moon. It being a super moon the lunar utterances have been amplified into full throttle howling and breast-beating. You have to laugh and remember that most […]


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by blog on August 15, 2014

TOM SHOBBROOK & DIDI, BAROSSA Smashability…. Tom picked up the Gourmet Traveller/Wine Australia medal in 2010 for Best Young Winemaker. He’s self taught, learning much of his trade in Italy. He built the shed in which he works, by hand. He’s into biodynamics in the vineyard and minimal intervention in the winery. He doesn’t do cultivated yeasts, […]



August 13, 2014

Return to Egg You’ve doubtless read that a dynamic wine culture has recently been rearing its irreverent head in Australia. Of course, the situation is considerably more complex than that – but, in a nutshell, the way Australia has been marketed in the last decade or so has been counter-productive in terms of advancing its […]

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What is Deliciousness Part 2: The Stepford Wines

August 7, 2014
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The philosophy of selling the brand is much like having your glass of cheap plonk and drinking it. To satisfy the thirsty market, wines are produced in vast quantities which, by definition, have to maintain a minimum level of consistency, yet the rationale of a brand is to sell more and gain greater market share […]

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What is deliciousness? Part One

August 4, 2014
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‘My glass was filled with a light red wine poured from a pitcher, left on the table. I was relaxed, carefree and happy. Oh, how ruby bright that wine was; it gleamed in the sunlight. I remember clearly its enticing aroma – youthful but with a refinement that surprised me. The wine was sweetly exotic: […]

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Chatting with Matt Swieboda of Sydney’s Love Tilly Devine

August 1, 2014
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Love Tilly Devine is one of the best wine bars in Australia. There, I said it. It’s the kind of place you want to linger in well into the wee hours of the morning. The wine menu is brilliantly laid out with many of Australia’s (and the world’s) top natural wines. The food is super […]

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A Guest post by Alice Feiring: Michel Bettane, a Tragedy

July 24, 2014

American wine writer Alice Feiring is one of the world’s most passionate and knowledgeable natural wine spokespeople. Be sure to follow her musings at her blog, The Feiring Line, read her wonderful books, The Battle for Wine and Love and Naked Wine, and subscribe to her real wine newsletter. This post first appeared on The Feiring Line. “You name it, these wines […]

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The Wild West

July 18, 2014
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–by Christina Pickard This feature first appeared in Gourmet Traveller Wine‘s April/May 2014 issue. Read it here in its full form: You’ll find them down dirt roads beneath the tin roofs of ramshackle sheds. Amidst second hand tanks and creaky basket presses, Western Australia’s newest generation of winemakers are pushing the boundaries of what it means […]

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An interview with music legend (and natural wine lover) Anthony Wilson

July 14, 2014
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This interview first appeared on the online publication In Search of Taste. Read it HERE. Anthony Wilson is one of the leading musicians of his generation.  Known for his imagination, maturity, and depth, the esteemed guitarist/composer/arranger has recorded ten solo albums since his Grammy-nominated debut album was released in 1997. Wilson’s fourth album with his acclaimed nonet, […]

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Vinonsense (or ‘Ugly Wine Words’): Part Two

July 10, 2014
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Read Part One HERE PEEP JARGON Consultants of swing? Bespoke Service, or “service” as it should be called, is offered by consultants to differentiate their efforts from those of others. It implies that the elevated service in question is personal (as opposed to??) and specifically tailored to the requirements of the client (as opposed to??). […]

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