Australian wine is at a crossroads?

Australian wine is at a crossroads?

I am a great believer and supporter of Australian wines and wine makers and have been for years, so despite the fact that I am an importer and supplier of anything hut Australian wines they will always have a special place at our table. I was fortunate enough to attend the RAS/WCA Wine Communicators Of Australia 2014 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine show on Friday at the Four Seasons here in Sydney. A special highlight to me was able to hear what some the wine worlds leading thinkers have to say about the current and future state of the Australian wine industry and I must admit I loved the openness and honesty that was expressed. Of special intérest to me was the insights that Ian Riggs the Chairman of Judges for the RAS.  Ian was very definitive in is belief...

What has Harry Potter got to do with the Austrian wine classification system?

What has Harry Potter got to do with the Austrian wine classification system?

I am not sure if you have had the time and well indeed interest to follow what has been happening in Austria of late? It would appear that JK Rowlings and the whole cast of Harry Potter have been engaged to help in the creation of some pretty interesting new wine apellation and region names. Austria being one of the worlds greatest wine democracies, it stands as one of the few wine making countries in Europe to challenge the existing codifcation of wine that were originally created back in the 1930′s. There are 2 key classification systems in place  and they appear to happily co-exist side by side without much issue and or concern maybe it is because no one really understands them outside of Austria. Firstly there is the Germanic, or the old way as leading...

Never Judge a Book or in this case a Wine by its cover.

Never Judge a Book or in this case a Wine by its cover.

Here I am in the sleepy little New South Wales Far South Coast town of Bermagui, now I have been coming here off and on for many years and this place has always been a sleepy little fishing village. Times have changed and the world is starting to catch up with even this most quiet part of the world, which as we know has its negatives and positives. I wandered around town and looked at things, checking out as I usually do what wines and spirits are being sold. I am come across the local “ bottle shop” as we call them in Australia Bermagui Cellars. The cellars are part of a larger branded banner chain of liquor stores so I thought to myself that they will most likely sell and service a pretty standard range of bigger wine, beer and spirits brands. I wandered...

A taste for heritage boosts a change in our tastes for wine.

A taste for heritage boosts a change in our tastes for wine.

I was reminded that just the other day that I have been somewhat absent from my writings of late, maybe busy with lots of lots of social media, maybe distracted who knows. But I was prompted by an amazing set of facts that I came across which reminded me of the uniqueness of many of the wines that we deal with as a company on a daily basis. Most of you would know of my passion for Swiss wines & indeed all things Swiss. The sad thing is that we were at an event being hosted by the Swiss Ambassador to Australia & a number of leading business leaders last week where we provided the wines and when asked very few in the room knew that: a) That Switzerland actually made wine. b) That they were in fact drinking Swiss wine. c) That if they did make wine that the...

Portugal the forgotten European Wine Producer

Portugal the forgotten European Wine Producer

We continue our series about Wines of the World. In this post we are going to focus on the wonderfully colorful country of Portugal, which for many of us remains a real mystery, as many of us have not simply had the opportunity to visit. When people speak of Portugal it is often referred to as the poor cousin of Spain, but we can tell you that it is anything but that. When it comes to wine did you know that Portugal is one of the oldest demarcated  & regulated wine regions in the world and most of this started well before the French and the rest of the world jumped on the AOC, IGT, DOCG, VDP and what ever other TLA (Three Letter Acronym) I can find was implemented. Portugal produces the most stunning array of diverse wines and these are quickly gaining...

Great surprises from the Hunter Valley

Great surprises from the Hunter Valley

I get the pleasure of sampling and tastings some really great wines. I know someone has to do the dirty work! Many of these I have never had the opportunity to try so I do not know what to expect so keeping an open mind is really important. It is all too easy to stereotype wines as we do with people but pleasantly and thankfully I am constantly surprised but what we taste. Now I have to declare my hand as I am a great lover of Gewurztraminer and have been for many years, so when I was given the opportunity to try a great Australian example of this wine I jumped at it I was given a few bottles of The Hunter Vineyards 2012 Reserve Press Gewurztraminer to sample & taste. The Hunter Vineyards winery is located in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales just a few...

Humanizing Wine- in Defence of Wine Lists

Jonathan Nossietr in his recent book ” Liquid Memory- Why Wine Matters” reminded me the reason that we love wine and why wine evokes for many of us so many wonderful emotions, feelings and memories. He reminded me that to often we as wine drinkers are blinded by science. Take the following quote and see what I mean. “ A very grippy style, with lots of sweet tapenede, tobacco, hot stone & bruised chedtnut notes weaving through the core of a dark currant & fig fruit. There is a nice twinge of lavender on the structured finish. Best between 2010 through 2028″ Wine when described like this has become an ” intellectual justification” of what someone thinks that they see and smell in a given wine, no wonder we get a little...