Archive for October, 2012:

Wine Grapes, Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, José Vouillamoz

Published on October 31st, 2012

This has been a much-awaited and anticipated book. It will undoubtedly race to its place ahead of the few other ‘must stock’ books in any serious winey-person’s library.

Prestige Carmagnole 2011, Côtes du Roussillon Villages – Caramany

Published on October 27th, 2012
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A delicious southern French red blend from Marks and Sparks. Yum

Australia's new cool

Published on October 23rd, 2012
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Australian cool viticultural climates can generally be found at higher altitudes or latitudes. Many have climbed in search of cooler zones such as the Macedon Ranges, Adelaide Hills, Whitlands at the Alpine end of King Valley, and the Upper (south) Yarra Valley. But maritime areas, especially those exposed to cool, Southern Ocean currents in the Bass Strait as it funnels across lands south of Melbourne, also find cool, and windy, locations. Island state Tasmania gets the double whammy of a high latitude location that is bang in the middle of the roaring forties trade winds.

Growing season temperature

Published on October 19th, 2012
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Growing season temperature (GST) may just provide the most refined single index yet for identifying regions of cool and very cool climates. Work by Dr Andrew Pirie, honorary research associate at Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research, consultant at Tamar Ridge, and owner of Apogee, a single vineyard Tasmanian sparkling wine, has revised the index.

Louisa Rose on viognier

Published on October 15th, 2012
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Yalumba planted 1.2 hectares of viognier in 1980. Head winemaker Louisa Rose took the variety to heart and has become an acknowledged expert, and one all too willing to share her passion.

Vineyard joggings

Published on October 11th, 2012
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(aka the jog blog – thanks @thewinebird). Having taken up (very slow) jogging again in the summer of 2012, I thought it might be fun to share some microclimatic observations.

Hofstätter Joseph Lagrein

Published on October 7th, 2012
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Wine Soc have made an inspired choice with this wine.

Calculating the cost of a bottle of wine

Published on October 3rd, 2012

Why are we paying £7-£8 for a half-decent bottle of wine now, whereas a few years ago we could get something pretty drinkable at around £6?

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