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Sparkling Shiraz for Christmas

Date: Mon, Dec 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Sparkling reds are the best style of wine for Christmas dinner. They can be as rich and deep as you like, but are still drinkable. I had a nice one with roast beef the other day, but they go well with Sepplets Sparking Shiraz is one of the iconic wines of Asutralia. At RRP of about $22.00 it is very good value. The 2005 just picked up a gold medal in Hobart. You can get some for just $14.95

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Vale Durif on Wine Blogging Wednesday

Date: Wed, Dec 12, 2007 Wine Tasting

Image of Durif from State Library of South Australia. Petite Sirah is known by its correct name of Durif in Australia. There are about 60-70 wineries making wine from Durif. See Vinodiversity's Durif page. Most of the wineries with the variety are in the warm and hot regions, Rutherglen, Riverina, Murray Darling etc. But Durif actually is also suited to cooler climate viticulture, although

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Some Beautiful Images

Date: Mon, Dec 3, 2007 Wine Tasting

The State Library of South Australia has a collection of wine related materials. Some of the images have been digitised and put onto the website at http://www.winelit.slsa.sa.gov.au/grapeswines.htm Check out some of the beautiful images of some of the more common grape varieties.

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Gift for the thinking winelover

Date: Sat, Dec 1, 2007 Wine Tasting

My friend Steve De Long has done it again! He has bought out a wonderful new product. A tasting note book that fits easily into your pocket or purse. About the same size as a passport. A pocket sized tasting notebook # Elegant black cover with gold embossing slips easily into a coat pocket or purse. # Sewn binding lays flat for comfortable writing. # Water resistant wine tasting guide

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AAVWS Results 2007

Date: Thu, Nov 15, 2007 Wine Tasting

Results for the 2007 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show have been published (PDF Document) Best wine of the Show was Pizzini's 2002 Nebbiolo. Gold medals were won by the following varieties Pinot grigio, Viognier(2), Marsanne (2), Kerner, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Nebbilo (2) Tempranillo blend, Durif, Lagrein, Corvina-Rondinella and Montepulciano A few comments on the wines here The

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Granite Belt Alternative Wine Trail

Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2007 Wine Tasting

The Strange Bird above will guide you on the Granite Belt Alternative Wine Trail to some of the most innovative wineries in Queensland's Granite Belt. 21 wineries are participating - all have at least one wine made from alternative varieties. You can download a brochure with details and a cleverly presented map.

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Make that three!

Date: Tue, Oct 30, 2007 Wine Tasting

When he consulted a cardiologist about his angina, Malcolm Smith was told to drink three glasses of red wine daily. Forget about the wowsers who want you to drink just two small glasses of low alcohol wine. You should get stuck into some Malbec or better still some Tannat. The article appeared in the UK Guardian here The advice depends on the work of researcher Roger Corder who has published a

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Rhubarb and white port

Date: Sun, Oct 28, 2007 Wine Tasting

White Port is an interesting style. It fits a niche rather more similar to that of a botrytis affected white than a true port. I had a bottle of white port last week courtesy of Dave Lowe at Snowy Vineyards. His White port is made with the unusual Siegerrebe variety. It's a German variety known for its ability to develop very high sugar levels. This port had a wonderful depth of flavour, but

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Organic wine sale

Date: Mon, Oct 22, 2007 Wine Tasting

With wine being such a gloriously natural product, it is logical that it should be one of the first to embrace more natural methods. Organic wines have some powerful advantages over conventional wines. They even facilitate deep sleep, as the lady above can testify. Seriously, winemakers are taking more care about their production methods these days. Some are Biodynamic and many are either

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Mornington Peninsula

Date: Thu, Oct 18, 2007 Wine Tasting

The Peninsula is just a short drive down the road from Melbourne. The scenery is spectacular and there are plenty of vinous treasures to be found. There are over a hundred wineries on the Peninsula and about half are using one or more alternative varieties - maily pinot gris. If you a planning a trip, and spring is a great time to visit, check out Vinodiversity's page about the Mornington

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