One variety, multiple takes. That’s Aussie Shiraz.

11/23/2012: An interesting article about Aussie Shiraz and its multiple styles. OK ok, it’s the same old argument we’ve been making for some time…don’t just think big, fat Barossa Shiraz when you think Australian Shiraz. But it’s nice to see that this is getting wider and wider recognition (and repetition!). But Australia is enormous—you can …

Royal Melbourne Wine Show Results

10/27/2012 – Results for 2012 are in. I sat down a couple of weeks ago with Chief Judge David Bicknell (also winemaker for Oakridge Wines in the Yarra Valley) and, while he wouldn’t give away any names, he said “you’ll be surprised”. And what a great coup for Best’s Great Western in Victoria’s Grampians region. …

Wine Riot 2012 round-up

10/12/2012: A few Saturdays ago I went to Wine Riot NY, the annual wine event for (essentially) 21-35yr olds. What begins as a tasting turns a little more into a drinking fest by the end. This year it was held in the NY Armory on 25th St, a vast indoor hall that left plenty (too …

Penfolds Recorking Clinic NYC

09/29/2012: Penfolds is the only wine company in the world that regularly assesses and (if necessary) recorks wines purchased by their customers, around the world every year or so, free of charge. I had the good fortune to attend their most recent NYC recorking at the Plaza Hotel in late September. Head winemaker Peter Gago was …

“Pangkarra”. It’s Australian for “Terroir”.

09/15/2012: I was reading Max Allen’s The Future Makers about the young guns of the Aussie wine industry the other day. Good book by the way. Like any wine book, it is mandatory for the author to somewhere grapple with the concept of “terroir” – the coming together of the climate, soils and site characteristics …

Harvests

08/31/2012: While the 2012 crop is bumper for Australia, apparently it’s down for France. AFP reports: The 2012 grape harvest in France looks set to be the lowest in 20 years after a wretched spring and variable summer. Wine growers are expecting an “exceptionally small” harvest, which is estimated to produce just 42.5 million hectoliters …

Tim Smith at Acker Wines, New York

Tim Smith’s Barossa Mataro

08/28/2012: I just saw that Tim Smith’s Barossa Mataro was reviewed by wine aficionado Andrew Graham on his Oz Wine Review blog. There aren’t that many Australian producers making a straight Mataro (more commonly known as Mourvedre), it is more often blended with the typical Rhone varietals of Shiraz (Syrah) and Grenache. Tim Smith also …

Arresting winery images

Vineyard/winery websites can be hit and miss. Sometimes, they’re a single page touting “more info coming soon”; other times they’re highly informative with purchasing capability; other times they resemble those god-awful restaurant websites with music, flash animations and obscene loading times. I just came across Spinifex Wines’ websites that has an awesome homepage (I think) …

Acker tasting

Coming Up: Lipsmacking Aussie Wines on Tasting 8/23

08/20/2012: Photo is from last Tuesday’s tasting at Acker Wines (New York – UWS – 72nd St). Coming up: Thursday 23rd August 5-8pm at Vintry Fine Wines (New York – Downtown – 230 Murray St), Dexter Chardonnay, Tim Smith Shiraz, Punt Road Chardonnay and Moorooduc Estate Pinot Noir. All tastings are free free free!