Archive for February, 2012:

GST to be the climatic index of choice for viticulturists?

Published on February 26th, 2012
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Pioneering cool climate viticulturist Dr Andrew Pirie, of Tamar Ridge, has revitalised growing season temperature (GST) as a single measure offering a refined definition of cool climate.

New Zealand sparkling wine

Published on February 22nd, 2012

The potential of producing high quality sparkling wine in New Zealand was recognised more than 20 years ago by Champagne houses. What happened?

Lees is more

Published on February 20th, 2012
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Michael Glover, the winemaker at Bannockburn in Victoria’s Geelong, hasn’t thrown away chardonnay lees for five years. “It’s like a yeast mother” he said.

The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia

Published on February 18th, 2012
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This is the fifth guise of this encyclopaedia which was first published in 1988. The hugely respected Tom Stevenson has revised and updated it, expanding its weighty girth by some 72 pages, or nearly 11%.

Mornington Peninsula temperature curve

Published on February 16th, 2012
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Temperature curve from the peninsula to the city.

Domaine Julien Sunier

Published on February 14th, 2012
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First generation winemaker, Julien Sunier is one of the new generation of producers doing excellent work in his vineyards, thus helping to revitalise the reputation of Beaujolais.

Wings of a pinot noir

Published on February 13th, 2012
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Pinot noir wing removal

Quinta de Vargellas vineyard regeneration

Published on February 10th, 2012
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An almost-breathtaking regeneration project has been undertaken at Quinta de Vargellas in the Upper Douro. In a project they called their ‘new old-vineyard model’, Vargellas embarked on a five-year project to rebuild a section of some of the company’s oldest hillside vineyards.

Julie Balagny

Published on February 6th, 2012
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Julie Balagny, having spent ten years at Terre des Chardons in the southern Rhône, is renting 3.2 contiguous hectares on the remote, upper slopes of Fleurie, in Beaujolais. “I love gamay” she says.

OMG food moment

Published on February 3rd, 2012
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OMG food moment with Tassie fish

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