Archive for July, 2011:

The next steps for Aussie pinot noir and chardonnay

Published on July 29th, 2011
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On a visit to London earlier this month, Tom Carson, the winemaker at Yabby Lake in Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, hosted a tasting of Aussie chardonnay and pinot noir from some of the regions around Melbourne where these varieties are doing particularly well: Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Geelong.

A Kamptal quintet

Published on July 25th, 2011
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During a recent visit, a group of five growers hosted a tasting from their small corner of Kamptal, which is renowned for its grüner veltliners and rieslings.

Helm Wines

Published on July 21st, 2011
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Helm Wines, in the Canberra District, produces the tastiest Australian rieslings that I’ve come across.

Winemaking Problems Solved, edited by Christian E. Butzke

Published on July 17th, 2011
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This book looks at categories of winemaking and breaks them up into a question and answer format to deal with problems in the winery.

Loess is more for grüner veltliner

Published on July 13th, 2011

In Lower Austria there is a divide between riesling and grüner veltliner which keeps riesling on primary rock and grüner veltliner on loess. Loess, it seems does remarkable things to grüner veltliner – the wines are creamier, fatter, richer, and more immediately fruity in youth.

Feudo Montoni

Published on July 9th, 2011
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Not quite bang in the middle of the island, not close to any major town of import, not quite isolated, but quite out on its own in the uplands of central Sicily, lies the vinous beacon of Feudo Montoni.

The greening of the Douro Valley

Published on July 5th, 2011
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A decade ago, the Douro vineyards were a brown, bare-earthed environment, where patches of dry, Mediterranean climate-adapted scrubland juxtaposed with bare earth beneath vines. As a result of a growing use of cover crop, the Douro vineyards are greening over, literally and environmentally.

Weinviertel – the DAC journey

Published on July 1st, 2011
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The Weinviertel, an expansive and diffuse region north of Vienna, is Austria’s biggest wine-growing region, with over 13,300 hectares. Ten years ago it led the way into the new, DAC-orientated Austria.

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