• 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 …

  • Quick Taste: Thorn Clarke “Mount Crawford” Eden Valley Riesling 2011

    11/19/2012: A family owned winery in Barossa whose vines are mostly in the Eden Valley region, with Mount Crawford the most southern. Very pale in color. Nose of salty kaffir lime. Nice minerality on the palate with notes of citrus, though the finish is a little chopped. Freshness over richness, so probably could use some extra …

  • 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 …