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Veuve Clicquot gets defensive about “its” yellow.

You can’t just use any old yellow for your label, you know! The Daily Digest of The Drinks Business on 30 January 2014 details a possible “threat of legal action” against yet another tiny producer of sparkling wine that has sailed too

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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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A note of caution about ordering wines from M&S online

I’ve had emails from readers in the UK who, inspired by one of my reviews, have decided to order wines online, only to get a nasty surprise when they opened the cartons delivered to them by M&S. If you plan

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Great Tasmanian Pinot at a great price

Tasmanian Pinot Noir from Marks and Spencer

Don’t be put off by the rather sombre  and minimalist approach to labelling! After a short absence from the shelves of Marks and Spencer, this great little Tasmanian Pinot is back with a new label and a new owner. It

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It is time to take Tasmania seriously

I’ve been meaning to write something about Tasmania’s vastly improved track record in the wine world for some time now, but somehow it kept getting put on the backburner, but the number of comments and articles that have been appearing

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Tassie Whites you do me proud!

Australia’s smallest state may only produce 1% of the nation’s wine, but they’ve certainly punched above their weight in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards. Having judged in an international wine competition in the past, I am always keen to

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