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Organic taste and quality!

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Organic taste and quality!

Organic wine generally refers to viticulture ensuring no pesticides or herbicides are sprayed on the vines or the soil.  In the vineyard and the winery, chemicals are replaced by labour and natural environment.  An organic farmer works with nature to ensure the best quality of fruit that will be made into wine. Organic wines can taste just as good if not better than traditional wines because in both the vineyard and the winery, chemical is replaced by labour and the natural environment.  Organic grapes tend to have lower yields, which gives a better grape with more concentrated flavour and thus,...

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Spotlight on New Zealand

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Spotlight on New Zealand

Although New Zealand (NZ) produces only 1% of the world's wine, it enjoys a stellar reputation worldwide.  It is a cool climate region famous for its intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc, mostly from the Marlborough region. However, NZ has much more to offer us in varieties and styles. There are ten main wine growing regions in NZ extending 1,600 km from latitude 36° South in the subtropical north to latitude 46° in the mountainous south.  The result is dramatic regional diversity, enabling a striking array of wine varieties and styles to flourish.  The four better known producing vineyard areas in NZ are Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay...

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Summer is Rosé

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Summer is Rosé
With the real heat of this unusual Australian summer just around the corner, refreshing cool wines hits just the right spot even for ardent red wine drinkers like me.  When it comes refreshing cool wines, the hottest wines on the planet at the minute are probably Rosé wines. For Europe, people there are drinking Côtes de Provence Rosé.  A subtle blend generally of Grenache and Cinsault, these grapes once crushed and pressed get minimal skin contact resulting in that beautiful rose coloured wines.  These wine have delicate rose petal and strawberry flavours, finishing with crisp clean acidity making them perfect for a cold...

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Discover Atze's Corner from Barossa Valley

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Discover Atze's Corner from Barossa Valley

Atze’s Corner vigneron Andy Kalleske is the sixth successive generation of his family to be involved in grape growing and winemaking in Australia’s iconic Barossa Valley. With that experience comes the knowledge of where the best grapes grow and how to nurture the fragile old vines to give of their best. The cornerstone of this artisan winery lies in several amazing vineyards which are tended by Andy’s parents Barb and John Kalleske. Shiraz vines planted in 1912 and 1951 adjacent to the winery, a stone’s throw east of Nuriootpa on the Barossa’s valley floor and close by to Ebenezer, a...

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Home schooling and ISO drinking!

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My family is no stranger to alcohol, with dad and mum always having a fine collection of spirits for special occasions. After settling in Melbourne in the mid 1980s, my brother and I would follow my parents as they began their own journey with Australian wines. Mum’s favourite back then was a Sauternes and they were on the hunt for a sweet red to try.

I would never forget the time we rocked up, unbeknownst to us, to one of the premier wineries in the Sunbury region in Victoria – Craiglee, asking if they had a sweet red. Funny story...

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