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

by blog on July 18, 2014

–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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Vinonsense (or ‘Ugly Wine Words’): Part One

July 7, 2014
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We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.  –William Zinsser Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon: instead of principles, slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.  –Eric Bentley You’d need an industry primer (which doesn’t exist) to decipher the technobabblegab that […]

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Feeding the Ox – A Celebration of Oxidation: Part Two

July 1, 2014
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Continued from Part One… Air apparent and slow-cooked wines Managed oxidation, the type of barrels, the quality of the lees, the temperature (and temperament) of the ferment (and the naturally-allowed malolactic) are part of the enrichment process. Natural vignerons in the Loire use long and slow ferments animated by strong indigenous local yeasts in large […]

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WIN a MAGNUM of 2009 Zidarich Vitovska!

June 27, 2014
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For one lucky winner…   Les Caves de Pyrene are giving away a magnum of 2009 Zidarich Vitovska A bit about what makes this wine so special: The Vitovska grape hails from the Friuli region of north east Italy and the Vipava valley in Slovenia. The cultural hub of the region is the border city of […]

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Feeding the Ox – A Celebration of Oxidation: Part One

June 25, 2014
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Networking with O2 When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be ~ Lao Tzu Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go ~ T. S. Eliot We speak confidently about faults and flaws and yet these are not cut-and-dried issues. […]

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Pretty in Pink: Part 2 (The Rest of the World)

June 23, 2014
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And so we continue on our Rosé journey with these utterly delicious pinks… Fade to Grigio Dario Princic is located in Oslavia in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, very close to the Slovenian border. He has farmed his 7ha of vines organically since 1988, and his yields are extremely low. The 1.5ha plot of Pinot Grigio is 18 […]

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Soul Juice – Patrick Sullivan Wine, Yarra Valley

June 19, 2014
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A guest post by Daniel Honan aka The Wine Idealist “It may have changed, but a winemaking degree is an absolute waste of time,” says Patrick Sullivan, “if you want to make wine, you’ve got to study viticulture.” Patrick Sullivan is a young Yarra Valley winegrower, and self-confessed producer groupie, who used to work in […]

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