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“The Florita” – what a great Riesling!

After a couple of hours of wandering round the Adelaide Botanic Gardens yesterday, being wowed by the Amazon waterlily pavilion, suffocated by the steaminess of the Bicentennial Conservatory and transported on waves of good old fashioned perfume in the International

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On the Christmas menu…

After a delightful aperitif of Lanson 1996 Gold Label was a great way to start the cooking for Christmas lunch today. Still fresh and bright, but with plenty of layers of yeasty, brioche and toasty almond notes to it. It

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2012 überblanc Riesling GDF winemakers Tasmania

The rather cryptic producer title is actually Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers, a name well known and highly respected for their big, bold Barossa shirazes. More recently tho, son Nick Glaetzer has been working in Tasmania to create some stunning cool climate

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Third Child Riesling 2012 – Coal River Region

Third Child Riesling

  Third Child Vineyard is my latest find in the way of Tasmanian Rieslings. It comes from a small producer in Tea Tree at the Northern End of the Coal River region, east of Hobart. A very delicate pale lemon

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Dinner and Wines with Slow Food Hobart

Slow Food

The Annual General Meeting and dinner of Slow Food Hobart last night was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some great. Locally sourced Tasmanian produce, matched with Tasmanian wines. The wines were selected by Tim Goddard who runs Cool Wine in

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Jérôme Mader, A rising star in Alsace

Domaine Mader Grand Cru Schlossberg Pinot Gris

In the June 2013 edition of Revue de Vin de France (The truth about the 2012 vintage…) amongst the few real successes in Alsace is the wine made by Jérôme Mader at Domaine Jean-Luc Mader in Hunawihr in Alsace. In

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Joh. Jos. Prüm 2002 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

J.J. Prüm 2002 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, 7,5% abv

What a special wine this is! Sharing this over dinner with a few wine educator friends, our first thought was: “this is why Riesling really IS the best white grape in the world! At only 7.5% abv, it has nowhere

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Clos Ste Hune 1997, Domaine Trimbach

Clos Ste Hune 1997

  A pale golden hue and  what a delight on the nose! There is plenty of citrus notes, well-balanced by floral notes, white flowers and all underpinned by a subtle mineral note. The nose is so complex that I found

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Kientzheim-Kaysersberg Cooperative: good value, great wine

I’ve been working my way through a number of this Co-op’s wines over Christmas and there are a few great ones amongst them! Alsace has a number of “Caves Cooperatives”, and whilst the reputation of some cooperative wines in some

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Alsace VTs will be few and far between in 2012

Alsace Gewurz grapes July 2012_R

The producers who did manage to harvest grapes for VT wines in the 2012 vintage are the lucky ones – the offerings will be tiny, but those we do get should be magnificent, as the weather before the rains hit

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